This year will mark my eighth season as a photographer for Charlottesville's professional opera festival. It originated at Ash Lawn Highland (a rural historic landmark that was the home of President James Monroe) and for 39 years has been known as Ash Lawn Opera. In 2010, with new artistic director Michelle Krisel and in a new location at the Paramount Theater downtown, Ash Lawn Opera took it up a notch, and it's been a wonderful experience to document their productions. This year they will mark their 40th season with a new name: Charlottesville Opera. The season kicks off tonight with the east coast premiere of "Middlemarch in Spring," from which I'm sharing a few pictures here. Along with the usual close-ups of singers and wide shots of the stage picture, I like to include some pictures from vantage points that can't be seen from the audience. This beautifully designed show was a dream to edit, by the way--many thanks to the wonderful creative team! Galleries from past Ash Lawn Opera seasons can be found here.