Charlottesville Opera, formerly known as Ash Lawn Opera, is an opera company based in Charlottesville. The company traces its history to 1978, when Priscilla Little led the first of a series of performances at Ash Lawn-Highland.  In 2017, Ash Lawn Opera changed its name to Charlottesville Opera. An organizational restructuring occurred in late 2018, and David O'Dell was hired as the company's general director in January 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of most of the company’s 2020 season. On July 9, 2020, the board of directors announced that Christina DeMarea was the company's new general director.
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