At one time in your life, you’ve likely been a Cyrano or someone who needs a Cyrano – a wordsmith with the right words at the right time. Whether you’re admitting your undying love to a crush or simply giving a presentation at work, you may wish you could say exactly what’s on your mind and cue the adoration.
That’s the struggle of this particular Cyrano in Opera Carolina’s production of DiChiera’s Cyrano, playing Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The production focuses on a young woman with two suitors, one of whom has a way with words (Cyrano) but is too shy to face her in person.
Here are some fast facts about the opera so you’re ready for opening night:
The original version of the opera began in 1936. With music by Franco Alfano and libretto by Henri Caïn, the opera was first performed on January 22, 1936 in Rome, and then went on to Paris in May 29, 1936. Since that time, the opera has become a part of popular culture in movies, literature and television. Opera Carolina’s production is not a “second version,” but a new Opera altogether that is very sensitive and appealing for all ages. You’ll leave entertained, but also moved.
Opera Carolina’s version is based on the the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. The 1987 movie Roxanne was also inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac. Opera Carolina’s version stays closer to the movie version, providing more humor than the original production. The lovable yet lovelorn main character was played by Steve Martin as a robust-nosed fire chief in a small Pacific Northwest town.
There’s only two showings in Charlotte. This is a short-run of the opera, and you’ll want to get your tickets before they’re sold out.
More information: Opera Carolina presents DiChiera’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202. Learn more about the show here and buy your tickets here.