Mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson (2000) is the co-founder and Director of Music of Victory Hall Opera, a pioneering chamber opera company in Charlottesville, VA. Her project, “The Forgotten,” is a cross-disciplinary collaboration with Light House Studio, a training institute for young filmmakers. A Halloween double-bill that interweaves Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Menotti’s The Medium, The Forgotten explores American poverty, economic anxiety, and teenage gender identity. It will be staged at Charlottesville High School, where students will train as stage crew and tech operators, receiving invaluable mentoring from Victory Hall Opera’s high-caliber artists, who include some of the most successful African-American singers in the industry.

  • Working with 9 local film makers to produce original content to pair with Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel

  • Rehearsals slated to begin October 1st with the full cast on October 8th

  • This collaborative, multimedia project will premiere October 25th, 27th, and 30th in Charlottesville, Virginia