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AUG 30 2019

Q&A with Othalie Graham

The highly caffeinated diva dishes on playing Lady Macbeth, her rituals on the road and her surprising superpower Canadian-American soprano Othalie Graham is acclaimed throughout North America for her interpretations of the title roles in “Tura...

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AUG 13 2019

The Importance of Vocal Pacing

By Siobhan Groves, CF-SLP As summer winds down and fall approaches, it’s a good time to reflect on how much we use our voices. For many people, summer allows for more rest and relaxation. The pace of life slows down as the weather heats up and...

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JUL 1 2019

How Voicing through a Straw Can Save Your Vocal Folds

As a voice therapist, I am frequently asked to name the “best” exercises for the voice.  Without hesitation, I always give this “best” distinction to a category of exercises called semi-occluded vocal tract exercises (SOVT). There are s...

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JUN 4 2019


You love music. You listen to it all the time, and you might even play it, too. Music is a major part of your life, but you don’t want to hurt yourself while listening to it. That’s why it’s important to protect your hearing. HOW LOUD CAN...

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JAN 30 2019

Love Your Voice

By Lori Ellen Sutton, MA, CCC-SLP The New Year has come and soon Valentine’s Day will be upon us. While love is in the air, let’s talk about ways that you can show your vocal folds a little love! Pace your voice: Prioritize your daily voi...

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MAR 4 2019

How Coughing Affects the Voice

By Siobhan Groves, CF-SLP Singers are often told to avoid coughing and throat clearing in order to keep from damaging their vocal cords. But how do these behaviors actually impact the voice? Your voice and your cough both happen at the level o...

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APR 28 2019

“Foolish” Practices and the Voice

By Lori Ellen Sutton, MA, CCC-SLP Many singers use alternative medicine therapy, such as vitamins, herbal supplements, and throat sprays to help their voices, especially if they have a cold or upper respiratory infection. With April Fool’s Day...

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MAR 26 2019

Art imitates life … or is it the other way around? The astonishing parallels between composer and main character in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’

Truth, it is said, is stranger than fiction. In the spring of 1877, Tchaikovsky got a sort of “fan letter” from Antonina Milyukova, a former music student he barely remembered. Within the same month, a friend introduced him to Eugene Onegin,...

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MAR 26 2019

Pop goes Onegin! The opera-based-on-a-novel has found its way into pop culture

The title character in Eugene Onegin is a rich, world-weary dandy who’s bored with life. It’s an archetype that appears frequently in movies (The Thomas Crown Affair, Megamind, The Talented Mr. Ripley) and literature (again, Patricia Highsmith...

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Fast Facts About Opera Carolina


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 — Artistic Director

Board of Directors

  • Chair Arlene Ferebee, Novant Health
  • Vice Chair Maria C. Green, Ingersoll-Rand
  • Vice Chair Laura Meyer Wellman, Honorary Consul of France
  • Secretary Daryl Hollnagel, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP
  • Treasurer Charles T. Greer, GreerWalker, LLP
  • Assistant Treasurer Robert C. Zabel, IBM
  • Immediate Past Co-Chairs Laura Philipson, Arts Advocate

2019/20 Season

  • Macbeth – November 7, 9, & 10
  • La Bohème – January 18, 19, & 23
  • I Dream – April 19, 23, 25


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.


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.


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 2019/20 touring production is The Ugly Duckling
  • 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.

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Megan Miller
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