Richmond Ballet News

RVA Loves R&J Festival Kicks Off This February

January 15th, 2016

RVA Loves RJ 4 - 72 dpiTwo of Virginia’s top performing arts organizations are partnering this February with the Virginia Wine Expo to celebrate a special week for lovers of opera, ballet, Shakespeare, and wine.  Shakespeare’s timeless tale, Romeo & Juliet provides the inspiration.  RVA Loves R&J Festival (February 12-21) gives lovers of varied artistic and culinary tastes a reason to make Richmond an important destination.  Virginia Opera and Richmond Ballet are each mounting productions that will capture the essence of heartbreaking young love and provide provocative insight into William Shakespeare’s original play.  The Virginia Wine Expo returns to Richmond to arouse our appetites and create occasions for epicurean exploration.

The Richmond Ballet production is brought to life through Malcolm Burn’s passionate choreography, originally created for The Royal New Zealand Ballet and introduced into the Richmond Ballet repertory in 1995. Sergei Prokofiev’s soaring emotional score is performed by The Richmond Symphony. The Carpenter Theatre, February 12-14.

Virginia Opera presents Gounod’s magical opera interwoven with melodies, duets, and waltzes creating evocative musical and visual images.  Canadian coloratura soprano, Marie-Eve Munger and American lyric tenor, Jonathan Boyd star as the young lovers. Romeo & Juliet is a co-production of Virginia Opera and Opera Carolina.  The Carpenter Theatre, February 19-21.

These Romeo & Juliet productions pair perfectly with an unparalleled culinary experience known to wine lovers across the country, The Virginia Wine Expo.  Savor Virginia and Italian wines, craft beers, whiskeys, ciders, specialty food, artisan burgers, smoked cuisine, and so much more.  Greater Richmond Convention Center and nearby venues, February 17-21.

The RVA Loves R&J Festival celebrates the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative, a statewide commemoration of William Shakespeare’s work in anticipation of the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 2016

Learn why Richmond has emerged as a performing arts and culinary mecca through the RVA Loves R&J Festival and make your February in Richmond the month to celebrate with the ones you love. Also, learn about special discounts to performances and special events by clicking on the RVA Loves R&J Festival logo.


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