dateJuly 15, 2008
categoryOpera Carolina News
Opera Carolina Introduces New 5-4-3-2-1 Subscription Plan
Charlotte, NC – Opera Carolina introduces a new ticketing plan for the 2008/2009 Opera Season. Subscription Packages range from single opera to five-opera plans that include all four mainstage productions and the Love Notes Valentine’s Concert. The Opera 5 and Opera 4 plans offer a Subscriber Advantage that includes guaranteed seating from year-to-year and placement on the priority list to change seats or subscription day. Subscription extras include ticket exchange, single ticket discounts, tax deduction, and Subscriber Courtesy Week. Opera Carolina will also continue its unique flexible mini-subscription plan, which allows opera “flex subscribers” to create their own 2-show or 3-show mini-series and still receive all the subscriber benefits.
The season opens October 18 with Gounod’s devilishly good opera, Faust. Directed by Bernard Uzan, Faust will feature Opera Carolina veteran James Valenti (Rigoletto) as Faust, and in their Opera Carolina debuts, the widely-acclaimed soprano, Maureen O’Flynn as Marguerite and Chester Patton as Méphistophèlés.
In January, our journey takes us from Berlin to Seville where the beloved comedy The Barber of Seville will unfold. Victor Ryan Robertson (Don Giovanni) returns as Almaviva opposite Ryan Taylor as Figaro and Adriana Zabala (Cinderella) as the sought-after Rosina. Opera Lyra Ottawa Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Tyrone Patterson will conduct the production.
In February, Love Notes returns for its second annual Valentine’s Day Concert, featuring Opera Carolina veterans Todd Geer (Pagliacci) of Charlotte, Angela Renée Simpson (Margaret Garner), and debuting artists Michael Fabiano and Kyle Pfortmiller.
March will bring the sequel to Rossini’s tale, with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Enlisting the local talent of Kristopher Irmiter (Don Giovanni) as Figaro and rising soprano Ailyn Pérez (Rigoletto) as the Countess, The Marriage of Figaro’s satirical portrayal of aristocracy quickly made it Mozart’s most acclaimed opera.
The season will close in a journey to the Far East where the cold-hearted Turandot, sung by Lori Philips (Love Notes), is finally won over by the persistence of love. Roy Cornelius Smith and Jee Hyun Lim (Love Notes) join the cast under the baton of Conductor James Meena.
All mainstage productions will be performed at the Belk Theater in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Love Notes will be held at Dana Auditorium at Queens University of Charlotte. Season tickets are available now, ranging from $36 to $409. Single tickets range from $20 to $125 and go on sale August 1. Tickets may be ordered by calling 704.335.1010 or online at www.operacarolina.org. 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!
For further ticketing information, events, libretti, full cast listings and bios, education information, and other opera news, please visit www.operacarolina.org. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Opera Carolina would like to thank presenting sponsors: Time Warner Cable and The Hearst Corporation.
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.