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.

Opera: Reimagined

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.

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