Year End Message from Opera Carolina

As 2020 draws to a welcome end, please accept the thanks of everyone at Opera Carolina for your continued support and confidence in our company.

We need your help as we enter the New Year. Please consider a year-end donation, in whatever amount is possible, to the Annual Fund by clicking HERE.

Throughout the pandemic, the Opera Board and staff have remained positive, flexing our creative muscles to find new ways to engage the public, even as we have observed guidelines for the health and safety of our patrons and performers.

I’m often asked how Opera Carolina is doing. Opera Carolina is doing well, managing our limited resources to maintain staff and provide performance opportunities for the Resident Company. Postponing Grand Opera performances, cancelling major events like Bella Notte and investing in new technologies like the Virtual Opera House that we launch this month, has presented new challenges which we have met with creativity and innovation.

We are extremely grateful to the many Verdi Society and Encore! Society members who have renewed their membership this year, as well as our corporate sponsors, all of whom have stuck with us through the pandemic. This amazing support has provided the resources we need to confidently meet the challenges ahead

A full 2020/21 season is being planned, retaining many of the great new programs we’ve created like iStream, Driveway PopUps and Opera Dinners. With your support, we are confident that Opera Carolina will emerge from the pandemic a strong organization.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Opera team with questions or comments about the Opera Carolina and our plans for a bright and prosperous 2021.

With best wishes,
James Meena, Artistic Director

Thank you to our donors

In these extraordinary times, it is more important than ever to thank those in our community who have made a commitment to Opera Carolina’s enduring 71-year history through charitable giving. With performances being postponed and the opportunity to recognize donors in the Opera Playbill, we acknowledge you on our website with abiding gratitude.


I Dream

April 11, 15 & 17, 2021

A look back at the early days of the Civil Rights Movement that would reshape America and transform a preacher from Atlanta into an icon for the ages. Revised for the 2021 performances, our new version includes new music and a completely revised script to bring to life this remarkable story.

As creators and communicators of stories from diverse perspectives and traditions, the artists, staff, and Board of Directors of Opera Carolina believe in the power of our artform to shape a world free from racism, bigotry, and exclusion.  We acknowledge that many of opera’s inherited practices and its structures have created barriers that include but are not limited to race, socio-economic status, age, and religion.
We envision a future that affirms and uplifts the black community so that all may be uplifted and we recognize that this is hard work. The staff and Board are committed to continually building personal and organizational awareness of, resources for, and skills required to ensure Opera Carolina is inclusive and equitable in our operation and engagements both on and off the stage.


Opera Carolina performs in Charlotte's premiere venues: the Belk and Knight Theaters, each located in the heart of Center City Charlotte. Center City offers great options for dining, lodging and parking – all within walking distance to the theater