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MAY 24 2018

BWW Review: Tappin Music Carries the Night – at the Knight – in Opera Carolina’s I DREAM

Douglas Tappin has composed approximately half of a very fine rhythm-and-blues opera, an extensively revamped I DREAM that originally premiered in 2010, honoring Rev. Martin Luther King in his hometown of Atlanta. The two-act work has now been revi...

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MAY 22 2018

THROUGH 5/25: Opera Carolina’s Risk Pays Huge Dividends with Douglas Tappin’s New R&B Opera I Dream

Opera Carolina's decision to mount a production of Douglas Tappin's new opera I Dream about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. must have kept many board members up late at night. A new opera alone with expensive production costs is alw...

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MAY 8 2018

Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera Carolina

Le Nozze di Figaro, opera buffa in four acts, sung in Italian Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, after the play La Folle Journée, ou Le Marriage de Figaro by Beaumarchais First performance May 1, 1786, Burgtheater, V...

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MAY 1 2018

Along the Way: The Last Dreams of the King

THREE DAYS after white supremacists carried out a violent weekend in Charlottesville last August, Ron Carter looked out over a long table in an uptown boardroom. Around it sat pastors, nonprofit directors, attorneys, civil rights advocates, aspiring...

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MAY 1 2018

‘I Dream’ is a riveting Rhythm & Blues Opera that reimagines Dr. Martin Luther King’s last 36 hours

To Americans everywhere, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and its leaders resonated within our country a deep change in how we view others and what “equal rights” really mean. From sit-ins to nonviolent protests and everything in between, n...

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MAR 7 2018

A Conversation with “Figaro”

Philadelphia resident Joseph Barron, a bass-baritone, plays the title role in The Marriage of Figaro.He recently debuted as Kaspar in Der Freischütz at the Virginia Opera. Last season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Salome...

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MAR 7 2018

The Home Court Advantage

In Charlotte, we’re not surprised to see an NFL player in line at the grocery store or a NASCAR driver at the movies. But did you know there’s also the possibility you could bump in to an opera star when you’re picking up the dry cleaning?Melin...

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MAR 7 2018

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Will Figaro and Susanna ever make it the altar? So many roadblocks are placed in their path, you may begin to wonder if there will actually be a marriage in The Marriage of Figaro.We asked three opera stars about their wackiest wedding day stories....

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MAR 7 2018

What is Opera Buffa?

Those who have never been to an opera (and there are a few, believe it or not) may think a death scene is a prerequisite. To be sure, the art form is filled with exquisite final scenes where someone breaths his last breath. But there’s another kind...

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Fast Facts About Opera Carolina

History

Founded in 1948 by the Charlotte Music Club as a small group of dedicated volunteers, who believed opera performances would enrich the community, and with a budget of $125, Opera Carolina has grown from these humble beginnings into the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of $2.8 million.

Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America, Inc., and receives funds from the Arts & Science Council/Charlotte-Mecklenburg, National Endowment for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Opera Carolina — a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.

James Meena — General Director & Principal Conductor

Board of Directors

  • Co-Chair: Stephen Philipson, U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.
  • Co-Chair: Laura Philipson, Arts Advocate
  • Vice Chair: Afredo Gatto, The Hearst Corporation
  • Vice Chair: Beth E. Hansen, UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Vice Chair: Laura Meyer Wellman, Honorary Consul of France
  • Secretary: Daryl Hollnagel, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
  • Treasurer: Mary Shelton Rose, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Assistant Treasurer: Charles T. Greer, GreerWalker, LLP
  • Immediate Past Co-Chair: Rob Engel, Wells Fargo Securities
  • Immediate Past Co-Chair: Mary Engel, Queens University of Charlotte

Auxilliaries

Bravo! Young Professionals
  • BRAVO! is Opera Carolina’s premier group for young professionals interested in exploring and enhancing their enjoyment of Charlotte’s vibrant performing arts scene.
  • Members enjoy an After-Party at Blue Restaurant & Bar (Saturday night performances), BRAVO! Members-Only events, and E-newsletters.
The Opera Guild of Charlotte
  • The Opera Guild has awarded over 149 Scholarships since it began its Scholarship Program in 1969.
  • The Opera Guild has donated more than $1 million dollars to Opera Carolina.
  • The Opera Guild supports the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for North Carolina and sponsors a Vocal Competition Scholarship Program at UNC Charlotte.

Mission

The mission of Opera Carolina is to elevate the quality of life throughout the region’s diverse communities through the presentation of excellent Opera and Education programs.

Facts

Opera Carolina is the largest and oldest opera company in the Carolinas, headquartered in Charlotte.

Annual audience (excluding broadcasts):
  • Grand Opera: 15,000+
  • Education programs: 40,000+ (NC, SC & GA counties)
  • 90% of the artists, technicians and administrators of Opera Carolina live in greater Charlotte.
  • Since 1971, Opera Carolina has been nationally recognized for its commitment to arts education.
  • 40% of the Opera audience travels from the outside of Mecklenburg County to attend performances.

Education & Outreach Programs

Opera Xpress
  • The 2017/18 touring production is The Billy Goats Gruff.
  • Learning Guides meet the National Common Core standards in Language Arts and Math, and NC Essential curriculum standards for History, Music, Theater, and more to help teachers and students prepare for Opera Xpress.
first Night at the Opera
  • Public, private, and home school students attend the final dress rehearsal for Opera Carolina main stage productions.
  • 1,500+ students attended in FY2016.
The Opera Carolina Academy
  • The Opera Carolina Academy provides professional instruction and training in classical singing, music drama, acting and movement with the region’s leading artists and teachers.
Master Classes
  • Master Classes and clinics with Opera Carolina principal artists and resident company members are available to regional high schools and universities throughout the Opera season. Check the ‘events’ tab for upcoming dates or send us a message to schedule one.

Media & Press Contact

Megan Miller
Director of Marketing