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Opera Carolina Announces 2010-2011 Season

March 23, 2010

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Opera Carolina Announces 2010-2011 Season

Charlotte, N.C., (Mar. 23, 2010) - Opera Carolina announces its sensational 2010-2011 season, showcasing three world-acclaimed operas by Mozart, Verdi and Gilbert and Sullivan. The trio of treasured operas promises opera lovers a season replete with dynamic drama, titillating romance, sharp comedic twists and beloved music. The season opens with Mozart's hilarious comedy, Cosí fan tutte, or The School for Lovers on Oct. 16, 17 and 21, 2010 followed by Verdi's classic La Traviata on Feb. 3, 5 and 6, 2011 and concluding with Gilbert and Sullivan's satirical HMS Pinafore on May 12, 14 and 15, 2011, all at the Belk Theater, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Season subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets will go on sale July 31. For ticket information, call 704.372.1000 or visit www.carolinatix.org. Single ticket prices begin at $16.

"Opera aficionados, budding fans and the uninitiated will all find something to embrace in this year's lineup," said James Meena, General Director and Principal Conductor of Opera Carolina. "From timeless tales of romance and deceit to edgy satirical repertoire, the 2010-2011 season radiates high-energy drama, exquisite music and brilliant staging."

About the Operas COSÌ FAN TUTTE, or THE SCHOOL FOR LOVERS

Mozart's hilarious comedy, The School for Lovers, takes the art of romance to new flirtatious heights. Two young men, Ferrando and Guglielmo, boast that their fiancées will be eternally faithful. An elderly cynic, Don Alfonso, makes them a little bet - under the right circumstances, their fiancées will gladly pick new lovers.

They accept the wager and the fun and games begin. Absent from the Opera Carolina stage for 20 years, Così fan tutte makes its triumphant return in a brilliant new staging by acclaimed director Bernard Uzan. Performance schedule: Oct. 16 - 8 p.m.; Oct. 17 - 2 p.m. and Oct. 21 - 7:30 p.m.

LA TRAVIATA

The timeless story of Camille is retold in Verdi's classic of a Parisian courtesan who surrenders to love. Based on the true romance of Alexander Dumas and Marie Duplessis, La Traviata (the fallen woman) tells the story of Paris' most famous courtesan, Violetta Valéry, who leaves her destructive life to live with her first real love, Alfredo Germont. But social bias and Violetta's failing health turn love to tragedy and remorse. Performance schedule: Feb. 3 - 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 5 - 8 p.m. and Feb. 6 - 2 p.m.

HMS PINAFORE

The Topsy-turvy twins are back in this beloved operetta, known for its infectious tunes and gentle satire. This Gilbert & Sullivan classic takes place on Her Majesty's Ship Pinafore. The captain's daughter, Josephine, is in love with a common sailor, but her father has a more sophisticated suitor in mind. This lovable, light-hearted classic features a surprise ending that turns the mates of the Pinafore on their heads. Performance schedule: May 12 - 7:30 p.m.; May 14 - 8 p.m. and May 15 - 2 p.m.

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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 over $3.3 million for the fiscal year 2009. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region's diverse community through the presentation of excellent 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.

Opera Carolina is supported by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg and 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.