The 74th Season Spotlight

Experience elegance and storytelling you can only get at Opera Carolina. Whether you’re a long-time fan or brand new to the imaginative world of Opera, this season brings classical music culture closer to the heart of the Carolinas.


Pagliacci with Cavalleria Rusticana                                                                                                                                       October 28, 29 & November 2, 2023

Taken from newspaper headlines, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci are two tragic tales of love, infidelity, and betrayal juxtaposing in the lives of ordinary people — emotionally intense, passionate, and dramatic.

Madame Butterfly

Jan. 25, 27 & 28, 2024

One of opera’s most enduring stories of love and cultural bias, Puccini’s moving score follows the true, tragic story of Cio-cio san, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval officer with devastating consequences.

The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson

February 15, 16, & 17, 2024 

The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson is based on a true story.

Play by Sandra Seaton, Original music by Carlos Simon 

The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson makes its highly anticipated debut in North Carolina this February, to celebrate the remarkable founder of the historic and groundbreaking National Negro Opera Company, established in 1941.

Starring superstar mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in the title role, The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson is a moving theater piece by Mark Twain Award-winning playwright Sandra Seaton with music by 2023 Grammy Award Nominee and Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon, The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson includes selections from the repertory of the National Negro Opera Company with original music.

Samson and Delilah

April 18, 20 & 21, 2024

From Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges, this Biblical drama of seduction and betrayal comes to life in a lavish grand opera. Samson, the leader of the Israelites, can be conquered by none – except the Philistine beauty Delilah – servant of the High Priest of Baal.

Repertoire from 1948 to Present

Opera Carolina has served the Carolinas for more than 74 years by presenting quality, Grand Opera to the Charlotte community.

We Offer A Ticket Option for Everyone

Whether you are an avid Opera goer looking for season tickets, a student looking for a fun and inexpensive night out, or if you are taking the whole family to the Opera, we have a ticket option for every situation.

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Single Tickets

from $22

Get single tickets at great prices, and make sure you have a seat to all the Operas you don’t want to miss.

Season Packages

from $80

Share the Opera for less. Season subscribers receive a 25% discount for all additional single tickets purchased.

Group Sales

Special Savings

Bringing 8 or more people to the Opera? You’ll save big with our group rate: 15% or more off regularly priced single tickets.

Student Tickets


Present your Student I.D. at the Box Office on Performance Day and receive a Student Rush ticket.

Gift Certificates

from $100

Give the give of music, theater, and drama all wrapped up in one package with Opera Carolina Gift Certificates!

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Opera Carolina performs in Charlotte's premiere venues, the Belk and Knight Theaters, in the heart of center city Charlotte, as well as other venues throughout the community.

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