2019/20 Performances

Struggling is part of the human condition. Nothing worth having, it’s said, comes easily. That goes for success, justice, love. Sometimes, heroes and heroines overcome great odds and thrive in spite of being thwarted. Other times, fate is stacked against them.

But the journey is always worth watching.

Verdi’s

Macbeth

November 7, 9 & 10, 2019

Verdi adapted one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies into an equally tragic opera. A cautionary tale about what can happen when someone with political ambitions pursues power for its own sake, the story feels both current and timeless.

Macbeth, a noble Scottish general, gets a prophecy from three witches that he will one day become King of Scotland. Goaded on by his power-hungry wife, he murders the king and assumes the throne. Crazed with guilt and paranoia, Macbeth is forced to commit even more murders to stay one step ahead of suspicion. Lady Macbeth, consumed by her own shame, is slowly driven mad.

Puccini’s

La Bohème

January 18, 19 & 23, 2020

Before the Broadway blockbuster Rent, Puccini brought the starving artist trope to exquisite life in La Bohème. Jonathan Larson’s musical about artists, squatting in squalor, was inspired by his love for Puccini’s opera. The characters in Rent are dying from AIDS. In La Bohème, it’s tuberculosis, the scourge of the 19th century.

Puccini created characters his audience could identify with. The young bohemians in Paris’s Latin Quarter in the mid-1800s were committed to their art, even if pursuing it meant living in poverty.

La Bohème offers a sympathetic, sentimental portrait of youthful optimism – even in the face of true tragedy. In the realm of love stories, nothing holds a candle to La Bohème.

Tappin’s

I Dream

APRIL 19, 23 & 25, 2020

I Dream is a celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With a story set over the last 36 hours in the remarkable life of Dr. King, Opera Carolina’s updated version of our 2018 blockbuster is a powerful closing to our 71st season.

Dr. King – preacher, father of the civil rights movement, brilliant orator, complicated family man – dared a nation to dream. He believed reaching the mountaintop would be worth the struggle.

In I Dream, the character “Martin” has a recurring dream featuring a foreboding balcony. As he makes his way to Memphis after giving the most stirring speech of his life, he recalls his triumphs and failures, the progress he’s made and the struggle still ahead.

The dream he dreamed – and shared with America – still resonates more than a half-century later.

 

Repertoire from 1948 to Present

Opera Carolina has served the Carolinas for more than 71 years by presenting quality, Grand Opera to the Charlotte community.

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