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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Peter Mark Named Director Emeritus of Lyric Opera Virginia

This past Friday Virginia Opera named its former Artistic Director, Peter Mark, Artistic Director Emeritus of the company. Mr. Mark served as Artistic Director, Music Director and Principal Conductor of Virginia Opera from 1975 until November 2010. He also served as the company’s first General Director from 1975 until 2000.

Lyric Opera Virginia’s General Director, Joseph Walsh expressed his congratulations to Mr. Mark, Founding Artistic Director of Lyric Opera Virginia, “We at LOV applaud and congratulate Maestro Mark for this well-deserved honor. After working with Peter for more than 18 years, I know first-hand what an extraordinary artistic visionary he is. He knows opera and he knows how to build community around opera.” Peter Mark accepted the recognition and addressed the members of LOV’s Board of Trustees, Contributors, Subscribers and Volunteers through a statement, “While I am grateful for this recognition, my heart, skill and energy have been — and will remain — with our new company Lyric Opera Virginia – LOV –
as its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. With your enthusiasm, support and advocacy, we will continue our mission to build even greater appreciation and new audiences for opera for many years to come.”
Walsh added, “We are also thrilled that Peter remains fully committed to his new artistic venture, Lyric Opera Virginia, whose mission is to increase audiences for opera through the quality presentation of a variety of opera and music-theater formats at new theaters throughout the Commonwealth – The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, The Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, The Paul R. Cramer Center for the Arts at The Stewart School and The Oates Theater at Collegiate School in Richmond, The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, and The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.”

LOV’s inaugural season concludes this May with one of its most innovative formats – a 90-minute “Jewel Box” theatrical production of Bizet’s ever-popular Carmen. Next season is announced with a full production of Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West, Lerner and Loewe’s classic American Musical Camelot, and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet in a “Jewel Box” 90-minute theatrical production.

In addition to his work in Virginia, Mr. Mark is Founding Artistic Director of the Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival in the Poconos in Northeastern Pennsylvania; a Festival which includes “Jewel Box” opera presentations and masterclasses, along with offerings in dance, cabaret, jazz, Broadway, and chamber music. He also conducts masterclasses and discovery concerts with opera singers regularly around the country and abroad, and has added these educational elements to his work with LOV.

The full performance schedule of LOV’s Carmen is as follows:

Friday, May 4 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 pm
The Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News
For tickets call (757) 594-8752 or visit

Friday, May 11 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 13 at 2:30 pm
The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville
For tickets call (434) 979-1333 or visit

Saturday, May 19 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 20 at 7:30 pm
The Paul R. Cramer Center for the Arts at Steward School in Richmond
For tickets call the LOV box office at (757) 446-6666.

Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 pm.
The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach
For tickets call (757) 385-2787 or visit

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