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Madama Butterfly Kicks off Opera Season

October 18, 2006

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Madama Butterfly Kicks off Opera Season

Charlotte, NC - Opera Carolina is commencing its 2006/2007 opera season with Giacomo Puccini's beloved masterpiece, Madama Butterfly. Set in Nagasaki, Japan at the turn of the 20th century, Madama Butterfly is the tale of the beautiful geisha Cio-Cio-San, better known as Butterfly, and her experience of love and betrayal in the arms of an American sailor. As the first of Opera Carolina's five performances this season, the delightful and captivating production of Madama Butterfly will thrill and move long-time opera enthusiasts and first-timers alike.

The superb cast of Madama Butterfly hosts a range of talents that animates the courage, love, and despair that brings Puccini's work to life. James Meena, the General Director and Principal Conductor of Opera Carolina, anticipates an exciting performance from the talented vocalists, "Charlotte will again be treated to the exceptional artistry of two of the finest singers on the Metropolitan Opera roster -- Cynthia Lawrence and Kallen Esperian -- as they perform the moving and exquisite role of Madama Butterfly in Puccini's masterpiece." Directed by Bernard Uzan and conducted by Joseph Illick, this production also features the artistic talents of Dean Anthony as Goro, Kit Reuter Foss as Suzuki, and William Joyner as Pinkerton. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

To learn more about this performance and the opera experience, Opera Carolina is hosting three free "Know Before You Go" previews open to the public October 22 at Southpark's Borders Bookstore, October 23 at the Jewish Community Center, and October 25 at Davidson College. Visit operacarolina.org for information and details about this season's operas, special events, synopses, artist biographies, ticket information, and more!

Sponsored by Bob and Marjorie McDorman and the Hearst Corporation, performances of Madama Butterfly will run from October 26 thru the 29th in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English titles. Tickets are $10 to $92 depending on date of the performance and are available online at operacarolina.org or at the box office at 704-372-1000.

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 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.

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2006/2007 Season Media Sponsors include Time Warner Cable, The Charlotte Observer, and NBC6 WCNC-TV.