Recent News & Press

OCT 12 2018

Opera Carolina welcomes new executive director

A lifelong fan of opera and a long-serving Opera Carolina board member has taken on the role of executive director. Beth Hansen, a former corporate attorney, assumed the role in July. James Meena will remain with the company as artistic director. Mee...

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OCT 8 2018

“Lucille Ball with High Notes” – Q&A with Sarah Coburn

Following her star turn as Lucia di Lammermoor at Glimmerglass Opera, the New York Observer wrote that Sarah Coburn has “qualities that have made legends out of so many of her predecessors, from Adelina Patti to Maria Callas: stage charisma, a thri...

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OCT 8 2018

Mulan and Marie: Two Tough Heroine

In Disney’s Mulan, the 1998 animated film musical, the titular heroine disguises herself as a man just as an army of Huns approaches China and prepares to breach the Great Wall. Mulan is willing to risk her life to enlist in the Chinese army in pla...

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OCT 8 2018

Hitting the High C’s – Q&A with David Walton

When David Walton makes his Opera Carolina debut as Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment, he’ll be taking on a lighthearted, comedic role. But it’s also famously challenging. Luciano Pavarotti rose to prominence singing the role of Marie’s lov...

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OCT 8 2018

Local Brewery Teams Up With Opera Carolina to Brew Bold Beer

On the heels of ushering in new executive director Beth Hansen, Opera Carolina has decided to celebrate its “She Season” of female-character-driven operas with a partnership with Bold Missy Brewery, a female-owned brewery in NoDa. Opera Caroli...

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OCT 8 2018

New “Carmen Get It!” Brew Celebrates Upcoming Opera Carolina “She Season”

Opera Carolina is marking its 70th season in a number of ways – honoring strong female characters, welcoming a new executive director (Beth Hansen) and commissioning a brew specifically for “The She Season.” Opera Carolina staffers, together wi...

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OCT 8 2018

Opera is just like us: Lessons from ‘The Daughter of the Regiment

Join Opera Carolina’s revolution and get tickets for their first stunner of the season, “The Daughter of the Regiment.” This season is all about strong-willed women with equally masterful voices! Whether you are new to opera or consider yo...

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OCT 8 2018

Opera Carolina kicks off with #SHEseason and specialty beer from Bold Missy Brewery

Strong or sweet, free spirited or brave, lucky or unlucky in love — join the revolution and root for your favorite female protagonist at Opera Carolina’s 2018-2019 #SHEseason. As the modern women’s movement continues to influence the city,...

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JUN 27 2018

How diet affects your Vocal Health

“You are what you eat,” so we have been told.  We are healthier, perform better, and feel better if we eat well. These same principles are true for the health and functioning of your larynx and vocal folds.  Similar to maximizing the potential...

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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