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Indra Thomas Joins Susan Patterson as Aida

January 28, 2008

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Indra Thomas Joins Susan Patterson as Aida

Charlotte, NC - Indra Thomas joins the cast of Aida, as soprano Oksana Krovytska will be unable to perform due to an unfortunate illness. Ms. Thomas, who has performed worldwide including performances at Hamburgische Staatsoper, the New National Theatre in Tokyo, and the Metropolitan Opera, will share the title role in her Opera Carolina debut. Highlights of Ms. Thomas' career include her New York Philharmonic debut in excerpts from Porgy and Bess in a gala New Year's Eve Concert conducted by Lorin Maazel and nationally televised on Live from Lincoln Center; Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Liu in Turandot at The Metropolitan Opera and Aida at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Ms. Thomas joins Susan Patterson, a lirico-spinto soprano and an Alabama-native, as they share the role of Aida, an Ethiopian princess who falls in love with her Egyptian captor. For her outstanding performances in various productions of Verdi's La Triviata, Ms. Patterson has been hailed as "a big new star" with a unique "ability to unleash passion."

Aida will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center January 31 at 7:30 p.m., February 1 & 2 at 8:00 p.m. & February 3 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at operacarolina.org or by calling the Box Office at 704.372.1000. For season subscriptions, group sales, and other opera events, please visit operacarolina.org.

Aida is sung in Italian with projected English titles. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Full cast listings and bios are available at: operacarolina.org/operas. To download images of this production please visit: http://www.operacarolina.org/about_media_photos.php. Current images available include: production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.

This production is made possible by presenting sponsor Time Warner Cable and supporting sponsor Portman Holdings. Additional support provided by Corner Cap Investment Counsel, Faison, 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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