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The Stentorian Yet Tender Figaro

March 03, 2009

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    March 03, 2009
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    Opera Carolina News

The Stentorian Yet Tender Figaro

Charlotte, NC – In the past, he was a remorseless sinner who preyed on women (Don Giovanni). Now, he is the enchanting lover with a quick wit and a lovesick heart. Rock Hill native, Kristopher Irmiter (Love Notes), returns to Opera Carolina as Figaro in Mozart’s beloved opera The Marriage of Figaro. Of a previous engagement as Figaro, The Columbian calls Irmiter “perfectly cast.”

“After singing perhaps Mozart’s darkest and least likable character, Don Giovanni,” Mr. Irmiter says, “it's a real treat to return and sing Figaro a funny, lovable guy - quite the contrast to Giovanni. I get to sing one of my favorite roles … and I get to work with Maestro Meena again. It doesn't get much better than that!"

Not only have his performances in Opera Carolina’s Don Giovanni and Love Notes concert been praised as “effortless” and full of “depth and charm,” Irmiter has performed in all 50 states and has been a favorite at over 45 opera companies. Opera Now commends him as a “large and personable presence, his bass-baritone alternately stentorian and tender.”

Opera Carolina’s production of The Marriage of Figaro is a fresh and striking take on the Mozart classic. 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 www.operacarolina.org.