A Vibrant History. A Meaningful Mission.

A Letter From the General Director & Principal Conductor

For seventy-one years, Opera Carolina has served this region with excellence in our Grand Opera performances, in our schools and throughout the community. Our commitment to enriching the lives of citizens from all walks of life is deeply rooted in the history of our company – and it’s a commitment we take seriously.

In the early decades of Opera Carolina (begun as the Charlotte Opera), volunteers designed the sets, built costumes, sang in the chorus, filled leading roles and, of course, sold tickets and held fundraisers to support the company.

Now a fully professional company with an international footprint that produces Opera performances and education programs at the highest level, we never forget the legacy of the original volunteers who made this company the outstanding community resource it has become today.

Opera Carolina is rooted in the Carolinas – 90% of our company live and work right here in our region, complementing the international artists who join the resident company to perform on our mainstage. This is our home, and we view our role in this community as a public trust that demands we be transformative, creative and committed to excellence – just as our first volunteers were.

– James Meena
General Director & Principal Conductor

Bella Notte 2022

Friday, October 21, 2022

Liz and Lane Faison and Liz and Dave Shuford, Co-Chairs
Mary and Charles Bowman, Honorary Chairs
Hosted by Charlotte and John Wickham
260 Cherokee Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

R.S.V.P. by October 14

Thank you for your interest in Bella Notte. The evening is sold out, but we have created a waitlist, in the event that tickets become available. Please share your name, phone number and email to reserve a place on the waitlist. Grazie!

Bella Notte celebrates Charlotte as the artistic center of North Carolina, and brings together Greater Charlotte’s business, social, and philanthropic leaders for an evening of entertainment, exquisite cuisine, and dancing.

Since 2004, Bella Notte has been recognized as the premier black-tie fundraising event of the social calendar. This elegant gala opens each Opera Carolina Season. Traditionally set on the beautiful Belk Theater stage in the midst of an original opera theatrical production, Bella Notte 2022 will once again be held in an open-air environment, to mitigate any possible transmission of the coronavirus.

Fine Dining by Best Impressions, Design by John Lupton Events, and Music and Dancing all for the benefit of North Carolina’s leading professional opera company, Opera Carolina. Invitations for individual reservations will be released in the fall.

Net proceeds benefit Opera Carolina’s Education and Civic Engagement Programs

Prices do not include taxes + fees

Bella Notte Sponsorship Levels


Recognized on the invitation and all Bella Notte materials, plus

  • Table of ten with signage recognition, and premiere seating
  • Opera Season Performance Tickets Eight (8) Season Tickets
  • Corporate Discount Program- 20% discount for your employees
  • Season-long benefits of a $25,000 corporate donor


Directed sponsorship for Entertainment, or Decor Sponsorship includes

  • Table of ten and with on-site signage
  • Opera Season Performance Tickets Four (4) Season Tickets
  • Corporate Discount Program – 20% discount for your employees Season-long benefits of a $15,000 corporate donor

Individual Reservations – $750 per person

All but $175 per person is a charitable contribution to Opera Carolina

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