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DEC 13 2019

‘This great universal language’

In any language, Stefanna Kybalova conveys – convincingly – the emotion of her character Soprano Stefanna Kybalova has already played Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème. But more importantly, the native of Bulgaria once lived the life of a...

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DEC 5 2019

What kind of gifts should I get a singer?

The holidays are here and it’s time to start shopping. What might the singer in your life like this year? Here are a few suggestions from the Voice & Swallowing Specialists at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. A humidifie...

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OCT 15 2019

Q&A with Mark Rucker

‘If you try to change fate, bad things happen’ Mark Rucker talks about playing “Macbeth,” teaching voice and the dangers involved in trying to alter fate Baritone Mark Rucker is closely associated with the Metropolitan Opera. He...

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OCT 8 2019

A Look Into Banquo of Macbeth

From sidekick to corpse to ghost Even after he’s murdered, Banquo has a pivotal role in Verdi’s “Macbeth” Zaikuan Song, an operatic bass, has a key role in his upcoming Opera Carolina debut. He’ll portray Banquo, the best frien...

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SEP 30 2019

Lady Macbeth bucks stereotyping in Opera Carolina’s ‘Macbeth’ Soprano Othalie Graham shares billing

Written by Ashley Mahoney for The Charlotte Post It’s “Macbeth” like you’ve never seen it before. You may remember the dreaded Shakespeare assignment from high school English class, but prepare for Opera Carolina to breathe new life...

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SEP 30 2019

Demand brings Martin Luther King opera back to Charlotte Opera Carolina’s ‘I Dream’ returns in 2020

Written by Ashley Mahoney for The Charlotte Post Opera Carolina is going back to the candy store. Douglas Tappin’s “I Dream” was dubbed the candy store of opera during its Charlotte debut in 2018. Demand for its return was so high that...

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SEP 30 2019

From the ‘Singing Sergeants’ to Opera Carolina, an Air Force vet makes ‘serious noise’

Written By By Courtney Devores, Arts Correspondent for The Charlotte Observer Shelby’s Rob Harrelson has been singing professionally for over 20 years, but he’ll be a newbie when he takes the stage in Opera Carolina’s production of “Macb...

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SEP 30 2019

Q&A with Jonathan Kaufman

The Charlotte resident talks about his first principal role with Opera Carolina, his heavy metal history and not being superstitious – unless his team is playing Jonathan Kaufman won’t have to travel far to be part of Opera Carolina’s Macbe...

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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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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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