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La Traviata Opens January 26

December 15, 2005

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La Traviata Opens January 26

Charlotte, NC (December 15, 2005) - The Opera Carolina 2005-06 season continues with the popular Verdi classic, La Traviata. It's a season of Great women, Great characters, and Great music, and La Traviata provides no less. An opera that was composed during an amazing era for an exceptional generation, this Verdi masterpiece revolves around a fascinating woman, Violetta Valéry. See soprano Diane Alexander in her Opera Carolina debut as Verdi's fragile and beautifully tragic courtesan ravaged by the ills and romance of 19th century Paris. La Traviata is on stage for 4 days only: Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 pm, Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 pm in the Belk Theater at the North Carolina Performing Arts Center. All performances feature easy-to-read projected English titles, the Opera Carolina Chorus, The Moving Poets Theatre of Dance and The Charlotte Symphony. Individual tickets are on sale now for $15-92 at 704-372-1000 or operacarolina.org.

Great Women: Soprano Diane Alexander makes her Opera Carolina début as Violetta Valéry. Ms. Alexander is enjoying a flourishing career with opera companies across the country, including performances with the Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New Orleans Opera, San Diego Opera, and many others. She shares the role of Violetta with Jan Grissom (the Queen of the Night in last season's The Magic Flute), one of the nation's most sought-after soprano heroines.

Great Characters: Violetta, a beautiful but fragile courtesan, gives up high society for the simpler country life with her beloved Alfredo. The lovers' bliss is shattered when Alfredo's father beseeches Violetta to leave his son for the sake of his family's reputation. In her ultimate act of devotion she finds a final, touching moment of redemption.

Great Music: Alexandre Dumas's La Dame aux Camélias, in 1853 to be a story for his generation, about his generation. This sumptuous opera is full of incredible melodies that make you want to hum along, including the famous hits "Sempre libera" (Ever Free) and "De' miei bollenti spiriti" (All my exalted fantasy) and the rousing drinking song "Libiamo" (Let us drink from the over flowing wine cup).

Conducted by Opera Carolina General Director and Principal Conductor, James Meena, and stage directed by Bernard Uzan, this production features several excellent artists: Diane Alexander from the Houston Grand Opera as Violetta Valéry, Jianyi Zhang from the Metropolitan Opera as Alfredo Germont and Thomas Barrett from the Metropolitan Opera as Giorgio Germont. The January 27th performance will be sung by Jan Grissom as Violetta Valéry, Jason Karn as Alfredo Germont and Gaetan Laperrière as Giorgio Germont. Full cast listing and bios are available at:

This production is made possible by the presenting sponsor: The Hearst Corporation

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Current images available include: production photos, artists' headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.


Audiences are invited and encouraged to attend a free "Know Before You Go" opera preview at one of these locations: Borders Books & Music Café at Stonecrest, Sunday, January 15 at 2:00 pm, Borders Books & Music Café at Southpark, January 22 at 2:00 pm and Davidson College Recital Hall Wednesday, January 25 at 12:00 pm. If you can't make one of these previews, don't miss the preview 45 minutes prior to the performances on the Mezzanine level (one level above the street). Call 704-332-7177 x209 for directions or questions. In order to appreciate our multi-dimensional and elaborate performances, we encourage both newcomers and opera aficionados alike to attend our community previews and visit our website, www.operacarolina.org.


All performances are in the Belk Theater of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center at 130 N. Tryon Street in Charlotte, and feature easy-to-read English titles projected above the stage. Thursday performances are at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinee performances are at 2:00 p.m. Individual tickets from $15 - $92 are on sale at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 704-372-1000, or online at operacarolina.org. The Box Office is located in Founders Hall in the Bank of America Corporate Center and is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Half-hour complimentary parking is available to Box Office customers in the Bank of America Parking Garage on College Street.

Student and Group discount ticket prices are available. (For group arrangements, call 704-332-7177 x210). Full-time student offer: Student rush, one hour prior to curtain all remaining seats in the house are $10 or a student can purchase a seat anywhere, anytime for 10% off retail ticket price. Group discount offer: Purchase 10 tickets and receive 10% discount, plus one free ticket.


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 $3.1 million. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire and entertain 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, also supports Opera Carolina. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.