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Don Giovanni: Spotlight Kris Irmiter

March 10, 2008

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Don Giovanni: Spotlight Kris Irmiter

Lock up your wives and daughters, the infamous Don Juan is coming to Charlotte! Opera Carolina presents Mozart's masterpiece about the licentious Don Giovanni, also known as Don Juan, and the tale of his deceitful acts brought to justice. Singing the production is Rock Hill native, Kris Irmiter, a renowned Bass-Baritone who will make his Opera Carolina debut as Don Giovanni. Labeled by critics as having a voice that is "velvety, finely handled, richly expressive, alternately stentorian, and tender," and having acting abilities that are "especially noteworthy, first-rate, sharp timing, enough comic talent to succeed on his acting ability alone," Mr. Irmiter has performed over 70 roles with more than 30 opera companies. Recently, he was nominated for a Grammy in 2007 for "Best Opera Recording."

Don Giovanni will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center March 27 at 7:30 p.m., March 29 at 8:00 p.m. & March 30 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us online at operacarolina.org. Full cast listings and bios are available at: 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.

Don Giovanni is sung in Italian with projected English titles. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. This production is made possible by presenting sponsor The Hearst Corporation. Additional support provided by U.S. Airways, and Blue Restaurant & Bar. Media support provided by 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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