Southwest Virginia's only professional opera company, Opera Roanoke presents fully-staged productions and a variety of smaller-scale presentations annually. Resident in Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center, Opera Roanoke serves a wide geographic area, including the cities of Roanoke, Salem, Lynchburg, Lexington, and Blacksburg, as well as Martinsville and Charlottesville. Guest artists are drawn from the nation's major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Sante Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and numerous regional houses throughout the United States. Since September 2004, Opera Roanoke's official orchestra has been the Roanoke Symphony. The company is known for its creative stagings of both traditional and newer operatic works.