Dewberry School Of Music's Mason Opera to Present AN EVENING WITH GILBERT & SULLIVAN At The Hylton Center

Don't miss this delightful one-act opera on December 1 and 2, 2023.

By: Nov. 20, 2023
Dewberry School Of Music's Mason Opera to Present AN EVENING WITH GILBERT & SULLIVAN At The Hylton Center

Opera newcomers and afficionados alike will be sure to enjoy the comedic satire and beautiful melodic themes of Mason Opera's An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring the delightfully absurd one-act opera Trial by Jury and scenes from H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and Iolanthe. Performances will be held on Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m. in the Gregory Family Theater of the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason's Manassas campus (10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110).

With pieces primarily written in the late 1800s, London playwright and librettist William S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan collaborated to create an operatic style which revolutionized the musical theater of the day by blending satire and comedy in creative settings, from fantasy to realism. 

“We are pleased to present performances of Gilbert and Sullivan this fall and are very proud of our outstanding students, our renowned faculty, the gracious support from our community, and the further development of Mason Opera,” says Patricia Miller, Director of Vocal Studies.

Featuring Mason's talented vocal students in collaboration with an instrumental chamber ensemble, these performances will showcase vocal and dramatic ability that will deeply immerse the audience in the action on stage. Professor Richard Leech, Mason Opera Stage Director, instructs the spirited cast of talented vocalists, while Professor Joseph Walsh, Mason Opera Music Director, takes the podium as conductor of the instrumental chamber ensemble. 

“I am thrilled to offer these talented students the same experience I had as a young singer with the spirit, comedy, and vocalism that the works of Gilbert and Sullivan provide. I am very proud of how they have embraced this unique genre, each continuing to develop their artistry in the process,” adds Professor Leech.

The creative team also features set design by Technical Director Carrie Cox, lighting design by Sean Cox, costume design by Laurel Dunayer, and production stage management by Alexandria Hardin.

For additional event details, visit the Mason Opera Presents: An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan website

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Mason Opera Presents: An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan

Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater, Hylton Performing Arts Center

$20 general public, $15 senior, $5 student

The Dewberry School of Music's Mason Opera presents An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring Trial by Juryand favorite Gilbert and Sullivan scenes from: H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, andIolanthe. Enjoy an evening with Mason's talented vocal students in collaboration with an instrumental chamber ensemble in a stunning showcase of vocal skill and dramatic ability.

About the Dewberry School of Music

Recognized internationally for its innovation, diversity, and entrepreneurial spirit, George Mason University offers a wide array of academic programs, enterprising scholars and teachers, and a student body representing 135 countries and all 50 states. Located in Virginia only minutes from Washington, D.C., Mason provides unparalleled opportunities in research, internships, and work experiences through strong alliances with business, the community, and government. The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Students study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are active performers, conductors, composers, music theoreticians, historians, and music teachers. Admission is based on acceptance to the university and audition. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

About Mason Arts

Mason Arts encompasses the seven academic programs of George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, six community arts programs, seven galleries, the Center for the Arts, the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and the digital venue, Mason Arts Amplified. The fusion of academic and professional work on campus and throughout the community is the hallmark of Mason Arts and collectively it creates the largest arts presence in Northern Virginia. The college is home to the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music, the Schools of Art, Dance, and Theater, as well as programs in Arts Management, Computer Game Design, and Film and Video Studies. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders, and arts entrepreneurs, and provides them opportunities to perform, create, and exhibit their work in the wide variety of Mason Arts venues.

George Mason University is Virginia's largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls nearly 40,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the last half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Learn more at

Dewberry School Of Music's Mason Opera to Present AN EVENING WITH GILBERT & SULLIVAN At The Hylton Center