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Knight Foundation & Opera Carolina Provide Gift to Charlotte

January 20, 2012

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    January 20, 2012
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Knight Foundation & Opera Carolina Provide Gift to Charlotte

Saturday evening a very special moment will transpire as the curtain rises on Opera Carolina’s Madama Butterfly. First off the sold-out house will witness the splendid set design by sculptor and visual artist Jun Kaneko, who in addition to the set also designed the costuming for this incredibly popular grand opera by Giacomo Puccini.

Unseen, however, and perhaps even more beautiful than the haunting arias yet to come, are the hours of tireless effort put in by OC Maestro James Meena, his staff and the Knight Foundation, in their generous efforts to allow first-time opera goers to experience Madama Butterfly absolutely free of charge.

When OC announced this very generous public offering late last year the response was so overwhelming that OC felt a responsibility to add a 4rth performance in order to accommodate all the requests.

"Through a generous grant from Knight Foundation, newcomers will enjoy a unique evening reserved especially for them,” said James Meena, general director and principal conductor of Opera Carolina. “We are excited that so many in our community will have the opportunity to attend Madama Butterfly, one of the most popular operas of all time – and a perfect first-time experience.”

“Seeing Madama Butterfly is a wonderful reminder of how the arts can enrich our lives,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president/arts. “We hope first time opera goers in Charlotte will take us up on our offer of a free seat and get a taste of all the opera has to offer.”

At a time when the economic resources of our arts institutions are so taxed and increasingly they fight for their very survival, here is an example of how much difference they can and do make in our community.

Thank You OC & the Knight Foundation – your generosity has not gone unnoticed.

By Michael Solender not from here, are you? (blog)

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