About Us

Supporting the Arts

Since 2007, we’ve been bringing the wonder, magic, and feeling of opera to Loudoun County. Through our partnerships with venues, residents, businesses, and more, we invite the community of Loudoun County to exceptional cultural events, right here at home.


our mission

Committed to excellence in the performing arts, LLO enriches the cultural climate of our community by providing exceptional productions in both traditional and innovative venues for our local performers to showcase their talents and for aspiring professional singers to launch their careers in leading opera houses. Loudoun Lyric Opera is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

Our Story



Founded by Pamela Butler, we presented our first production, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte.  


Opera Full-Speed Ahead!

Over the next several years, LLO produces numerous famous operas, including Don GiovanniThe Merry Widow, and Hansel & Gretel.


Norton: A Civil War Opera

LLO commissions its first new operatic work, Norton: A Civil War Opera, with music by composer and pianist David Chavez and libretto by Meredith Bean McMath. DC Theatre Arts hails it as “rich and moving.”


New Leadership

In the midst of the pandemic, our founder and president emeritus leads us in one more production, Carmen, before the board turns to the leadership of three local singers – Shelby Milgram, Tanya Langlois, and Ceri Gerrish Foggarty.


Artistic Director

In the journey for growth and expansion, the board appoints Mark Irchai as Artistic Director, following successful performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Douglas Moore’s Gallantry.

2024 - present

The Magic Flute and beyond!

LLO embarks on its first production under the new artistic leadership – Die Zauberflöte! This marks the first step in an artistic and strategic 5-year plan initiated by the Artistic Director.