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AUG 3 2020

Why does my voice sound strange to me?

You know exactly what your voice is supposed to sound like. You hear it every time you speak. But every time you hear a recording of it, it sounds like someone else. Your friends and family, though, assure you that you definitely sound like that. So...

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JUL 7 2020

Google it.

Opera Carolina was tapped to be part of Google’s worldwide arts and culture platform It’s hard to remember where we went for information before Google.  People of a certain age recall looking things up in the encyclopedia. Now, we n...

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JUL 7 2020

Profile of an artist on the front lines

Jennifer Wiggins is a trained opera singer whose day job is in a pharmacy Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Wiggins, a member of the Opera Carolina chorus for the past two seasons, plans to be a full-time opera singer one day. For now, she’s a full-time p...

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JUN 24 2020

The cream of the crop Opera Carolina’s summer interns shine – even through COVID-19

We couldn’t be prouder of our summer interns. And not just because they’re stellar students with a passion for vocal performance. Both Saad Jalisi and Sofia Rohlman have readily adapted to business in the age of COVID. They had been expectin...

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JUN 24 2020

Supporting the arts from home And without (necessarily) opening your wallet

Megan Miller, Opera Carolina’s director of marketing, knows that when people hear, “support the arts,” they automatically think: I’d better hold on to my wallet. And they’re not wrong. Arts groups are always in fundraising mode, and COV...

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JUN 23 2020

How acid reflux can affect your voice

No one likes dealing with acid reflux. The indigestion, the sour taste in your mouth, and the difficulty swallowing are all uncomfortable effects of reflux. But did you know acid reflux can even cause you to lose your voice? This is called reflu...

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MAY 27 2020

How does age affect your voice?

You’ve been singing for years, and you’ve had a great career. But recently, something’s changed. You’re not hitting the high notes like you used to be able to, or maybe you can’t project your voice as far as you used to. Don’t be alarmed...

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MAR 30 2020

How Can Allergies Affect my Voice?

You’re doing everything right to keep your voice healthy. You don’t overuse it. You keep any acid reflux under control. You do exercises to keep it strong. Despite all that, you still have hoarseness. What’s causing the problem? As it turns o...

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FEB 26 2020

How acid reflux can affect your voice

No one likes dealing with acid reflux. The indigestion, the sour taste in your mouth, and the difficulty swallowing are all uncomfortable effects of reflux. But did you know acid reflux can even cause you to lose your voice? This is called reflux...

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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 Carol Y. Kendrick, Brighthouse Financial
  • Secretary Daryl Hollnagel, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP
  • Assistant Secretary Robert C. Zabel, IBM
  • Treasurer Charles T. Greer, GreerWalker, LLP
  • Immediate Past Co-Chairs Stephen & Laura Philipson

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.

Media & Press Contact

Megan Miller
Director of Marketing