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Opera Carolina to offer 'Carmen,' 'Otello,' a U.S. premiere

April 26, 2009

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Opera Carolina to offer 'Carmen,' 'Otello,' a U.S. premiere

Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves performs the title role in "Carmen" with the Washington National Opera. She'll be in Charlotte to perform the role next March. KARIN COOPER - WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA PHOTO

The charismatic Denyce Graves will return to Charlotte, and an opera based on the life of an 18th-century astronomer will have its United States premiere during Opera Carolina's 2009-2010 season.

Graves will appear in one of her most acclaimed roles, the heroine of Georges Bizet's "Carmen." Graves last performed in Charlotte in 2006, in the title role of "Margaret Garner," based on the central character of Toni Morrison's novel "Beloved."

Opera Carolina also will present the U.S. premiere of Victor Davies' "Transit of Venus," which is based on the story of the French astronomer Guillaume le Gentil. Le Gentil devoted himself to the heavenly phenomenon that gives the opera its title: the passing of Venus across the face of the sun. Opera Carolina's general director, James Meena, conducted the opera's world premiere in Canada in 2007.

An overview of the season:

"Otello," by Giuseppe Verdi: Oct. 17, 22 and 15.

"La Boheme," by Giacomo Puccini: Jan. 23, 24, 28, 30.

"Love Notes" opera and zarzuela concert: Feb. 20.

"Carmen," by Georges Bizet: March 13, 14, 18, 20.

"Transit of Venus," by Victor Davies: May 8, 13, 16.

Subscriptions covering various numbers of performances are $29-$450. They're on sale now. Single tickets, which will go on sale July 31, are $16-$130 for the operas, $25-$75 for "Love Notes." Details: www.operacarolina.org or 704-335-1010.

Steven Brown
Charlotte Observer