Richmond is blessed with several top notch performing arts organizations, such as the Richmond Ballet, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Virginia Opera--just to name a few. The Virginia Opera opens its new season in Richmond on October 21 and 23, 2011 with a production of Verdi's Aida at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond's CenterStage. Future productions in the 2011-12 Season include Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Glass' Orphee, and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. For further information, visit www.vaopera.org. Richmond's Carpenter Theatre is just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.