Redemption is one of opera’s great themes. So, it’s fitting that we searched for something redeeming in the dramatically altered 2020/21 season that’s resulted from our dramatically altered reality.
We have reimagined how opera can be experienced and are bringing you a modified season that includes online performances , intimate in-person events for a small number of socially distanced guests and – in April 2021 – the return of our musical drama based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the coming weeks and months, we will bring you:
- Virtual performances (also known as our iStream series), which we began during the shelter-in-place order and will continue until it’s safe to gather in person.
- Small-scale performances in open-air settings with appropriate precautions taken
- An announcement about our new Virtual Opera House
It’s not the season we originally envisioned, but it’s a season we’re proud to bring you. We’ve maintained what we could and rescheduled and reconfigured the rest.
Our “Season of Action,” as we’d termed it, has been interrupted by COVID-19. The season that was to have included Puccini’s political drama, Tosca; Douglas Tappin’s drama about MLK, I Dream, and Aida, Verdi’s tragic love triangle, will look much different. Tosca and Aida will be part of the 2021/22 season, and I Dream, originally scheduled for January 2021, moves to April 2021.
“This is not an announcement we wanted to make,” said James Meena, Opera Carolina’s long-time artistic director. “But it is the right one. The safety of our patrons, our team and our artists is the most important consideration.”
Stay safe, everyone, and stay in touch. Check our website and our social media channels for updates and at-home entertainment and inspiration.