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Opera Carolina Announces New Approach to ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

February 24, 2009

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    February 24, 2009
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Opera Carolina Announces New Approach to ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

Opera Carolina, the largest opera company in the Carolinas, is taking a new approach for its production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. For the season’s third operatic performance, Opera Carolina is planning a new approach for the traditional stage that will create a new engaging setup for the audience to experience. The Marriage of Figaro will be played in a semi-thrust, theatrical style, which is a special style compared to traditional setups.

The players of Mozart's comedy will be on what is normally the orchestra pit, performing the opera at arms length to the audience. The orchestra will be mid-stage, sometimes revealed to the audience, and sometimes hidden by a black-out scrim upon which projections and lighting effects will take place.

"Mozart's masterpiece is essentially an intimate work that rises or falls on the strength of the individual characters and their interaction with each other," said James Meena, general director and principal conductor of Opera Carolina. "Playing the opera as an intimate, theatrical piece is not only in keeping with the spirit of Mozart and daPonte, but Beaumarchais himself."

The Marriage of Figaro will be performed at the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center March 7 at 8:00 p.m., March 8 at 2:00 p.m. & March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us online at www.operacarolina.org. Full cast listings and bios are available at Opera Carolina Cast Bios. To download images of this production please visit Opera Carolina Media Photos. Current images available include artist headshots, production photos, and the Opera Carolina logo.

The Marriage of Figaro is sung in Italian with projected English titles. Opera Carolina’s production of The Marriage of Figaro is suggested for audience rated PG. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Support provided by Crosland, U.S. Airways, Duke Foundation, and Blue Restaurant & Bar. Media support provided by The Charlotte Observer. 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!

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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.

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