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The Dance of the Bat:

April 11, 2008

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    April 11, 2008
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    Opera Carolina News

The Dance of the Bat:

Opera Carolina is hosting a new kind of audition for its May production of Die Fledermaus - no arias required! Collaborating with Piper Glen Ballroom and Table Restaurant & Bar, Opera Carolina is hosting The Dance of the Bat, a Professional Amateurs ballroom dance competition that will qualify the winning couple to be featured in the upcoming production of Die Fledermaus. Couples will perform the Viennese Waltz and a dance of their choice at Table Restaurant before a panel of judges that include Dimitrijus Sazinas, ballroom dance champion, and Bill Fabris, Die Fledermaus stage director. Audience members will also get the chance to cast their vote for the winning couple!

The competition will be performed on Wednesday April 23, at Table Restaurant & Bar. Beginning at 6:30 pm, guests will enjoy a champagne reception, a four-course meal, and ballroom entertainment featuring the 6 to 8 Professional Amateur finalist couples. Live music and open dancing will commence at 9:30 pm. Tickets for The Dance of the Bat are on sale now for $50 per person by calling 704.369.5170.

Die Fledermaus will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center May 1 at 7:30 p.m., May 3 at 8:00 p.m. & May 4 at 2:00 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: www.operacarolina.org/operas. To download images of this production please go to: http://www.operacarolina.org/about_media_photos.php. Current images available include: production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.

Die Fledermaus is sung in English with projected English titles. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Crosland, Wagner Noble, and Metro Charlotte Realty make this production possible. Additional support provided by U.S. Airways, and Blue Restaurant & Bar. Media support provided by WDAV, The Charlotte Observer, Time Warner Cable, and WCNC-TV.

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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