dateOctober 07, 2008
categoryOpera Carolina News
Faust's Marguerite: Spotlight on Maureen O'Flynn
Charlotte, NC – A tale of love, deceit, salvation and damnation, Opera Carolina presents Gounod’s Faust, the man who made a pact with the devil for youth… and for love. Singing the unassumingly demure Marguerite, the love-lust interest of Faust, is soprano Maureen O’Flynn, who makes her Opera Carolina début in this production of Faust. The New York Times says O’Flynn “won a deserved ovation from the audience” in a recent opening night performance of Roméo and Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera house. Ms. O’Flynn has performed her highly regarded interpretation of Gilda in Rigoletto with the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of Plácido Domingo. Variety calls O’Flynn “…not only a superb technician, with the full coloratura arsenal at her disposal, but a sensitive interpreter.” O’Flynn’s recent La Scala début as Nanetta in Falstaff was conducted by Richard Mutti, and she made her New York City recital début at Carnegie Hall. O’Flynn is the recipient of two of opera’s most prestigious prizes, the Richard Tucker Foundation Grant and the Opera Index First Prize.
In celebration of WDAV’s 30th Anniversary, Opening Night of Faust will be broadcast live on WDAV 89.9 FM. Join us on Saturday, October 18 for this momentous occasion in both Opera Carolina and WDAV’s history. Consistently appearing in The Charlotte Observer’s “101 Things to Do in Charlotte,” check Opera Carolina off the list and be a part of the 2008/2009 season
Faust will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center October 18 at 8:00 p.m., October 23 at 7:30 p.m. & October 26 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us online at operacarolina.org. Full cast listings and bios are available at OC Artist Bios. To download images of this production please visit OC Media Photos. Current images available include: production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.
Faust is sung in French with projected English titles. Opera Carolina’s production of Faust is recommended for PG-13 audiences, ages 13 and older. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. This production is made possible by presenting sponsors Marjorie and Bob McDorman. Additional support provided by TIAA CREF, Grant Thornton, Wagner Noble, and U.S. Airways. Media support provided by The Charlotte Observer.
Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, Opera Carolina today is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of over $3.5 million. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region's diverse community through the presentation of excellent Opera, Operetta, Music Theater, 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.
Opera Carolina is supported by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc., The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.