dateApril 04, 2012
categoryOpera Carolina News
Opera Carolina Announces 2012-2013 Season, Sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank
Charlotte, N.C., (April 4, 2012) – Opera Carolina announces its 2012-2013 season, underwritten for a second consecutive year by a significant grant from Wells Fargo Private Bank. “We are so very fortunate to have the generous support of Wells Fargo. Their philanthropic leadership, and commitment to the arts makes it possible for us to bring spectacular productions starring acclaimed artists to our community, and to do so in a way that is fiscally viable,” said James Meena, General Director & Principal Conductor of Opera Carolina.
The company’s 64th season opens with Puccini’s fiery Italian drama, Tosca on October 13, 18 and 21, featuring internationally acclaimed opera stars Jill Gardner, Raul Melo and Todd Thomas in the leading roles. The Magic Flute, Mozart’s fantasy opera, in a new production created by famed ceramist Jun Kaneko, follows on January 19, 24 and 27 with American tenor Shawn Mathey and Lyric Soprano Yunah Lee, who returns after her triumphant performances as Madama Butterfly last January. Kaneko generated widespread enthusiasm when his Madama Butterfly production was presented by Opera Carolina in January. The season concludes with Opera Carolina’s beloved production of Bizet’s masterpiece The Pearl Fishers on April 13, 18 and 21, starring Metropolitan Opera soprano Janinah Burnett and American tenor Chad Johnson.
“Wells Fargo takes pride in supporting Charlotte's diverse cultural community. Our support for Opera Carolina reflects Wells Fargo's commitment to making sure that compelling arts programming and experiences are available to our clients and community," said Madelyn Caple, regional managing director for Wells Fargo Private Bank in the Greater Charlotte area.
All performances are at the Belk Theater, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Season subscriptions are now on sale at 704.332.7177 x 210. Single tickets go on sale August 1, 2012 through the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 704.372.1000, or visit www.operacarolina.org. Season tickets begin at $33 and single tickets start as low as $15. Opera Carolina provides significant discounts for subscribers, as well as the new Youth Discount to encourage adults to bring young people to the Opera, plus Student Rush tickets, and Group Discounts.
About the 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 $2.6 million for the fiscal year 2013. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region’s diverse community through the presentation of 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 individuals and corporations throughout the region. Opera Carolina is also supported, in part, with operating support from the Arts & Science Council. Additional support is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.