Charlotte, N.C., (August 1, 2014) — Opera Carolina kicks off its 2014/15 season with APM (Art • Poetry • Music), a benefit concert on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. that features a fusion of visual art, poetry and music.
Opera Carolina’s 66th season is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Wells Fargo Private Bank. The season begins with the company’s second installment of APM at the Knight Theater. The evening is in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University, and is sponsored by the Asian Herald and Tides & Times, USA, bringing together Asian and Western cultures in an eclectic fusion of visual art, spoken word, opera arias and traditional Russian, Korean and Chinese music.
APM is not just our cultural fusion concert, it is a statement of the power of music to bring people from all walks of life together,” said James Meena, general director & principal conductor of Opera Carolina. “Last year’s concert was a great way to introduce newcomers to opera and to open the doors of the Opera house to a greater segment of Charlotte’s population.”
“Opera is a democratic art form,” said Meena. “We’ve always tried to make the point that opera appeals to people of all ages and crosses all boundaries. But this year, more than ever, we’re conveying that opera is as diverse as our community.”   
Performing and visual artists for the unique multimedia experience include Russian soprano Dina Kuznetsova, Chinese soprano Xu Lei; Korean tenor Lee SangMin, African-American tenor Joshua Stewart, American tenor Brian Arreloa; Korean baritones Joseph Kyungteak Lim and Hyung Yun; Ding Xue’er, on the traditional Chinese Guzheng and Dr. Zhao Hong, a true master of Chinese calligraphy. Maestro James Meena will conduct the Opera Carolina orchestra, joined by the choir from Marvin Ridge High School.     
Single tickets for Art • Poetry • Music, available by calling 704.372.1000, are $40.  Season subscribers receive a 50 percent discount on APM tickets.
Opera Carolina production and program sponsors for the mainstage season include Bank of America, the Levine Cancer Institute, The Hearst Corporation and The Hearst Foundations, Electrolux, Knight Foundation and the Philip L. Van Every Foundation.
All mainstage performances are at the Belk Theater, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.  Season subscriptions are still available by calling 704.332.7177, ext. 1. Single tickets for all three operas this season go on sale Aug. 1 through the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 704.372.1000 or via Season subscriptions begin at $87, and single tickets start at just $19.
Opera Carolina opens its mainstage season with a new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco on October 18, 23, and 26. Opera Carolina’s seven-year Puccini cycle continues with Turandot on January 24 and 29, and February 1, 2015. The Metropolitan Opera’s leading tenor Marcello Giordani makes his Opera Carolina debut as Calaf. The season comes to a dramatic conclusion with Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor on April 11, 16 and 19, 2015.
About Opera Carolina
Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, today Opera Carolina is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of more than $2.9 million for the fiscal year 2014. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region’s diverse community through the presentation of Opera, Operetta, and Education & Outreach programs that elevate the quality of life in the Carolinas. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.