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February 09, 2006

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    Opera Carolina News

May all your wishes come true...

Charlotte, NC (February 9, 2006) - Who is virtuous and true, manages to endure her ridiculous stepsisters, escapes a buffoon of a stepfather, charms a handsome prince, and enchants an entire kingdom? Why it's Cinderella of course. Watch this beautiful heroine enchant the prince, his crafty attendants, and the entire kingdom in Rossini's dazzling classic – Cinderella! Starring in the lead role is stunning mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, who returns to Opera Carolina after starring in 2002's The Barber of Seville. A bel canto specialist and Grammy-nominated recording artist, Ms. Genaux sings frequently with leading opera companies all over the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and Vienna State Opera. She shares the role of Cinderella with rising star Adriana Zabala in her Opera Carolina debut.

A tale worth hearing, Cinderella is on stage for 3 days only: Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 11 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 12 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 and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Individual tickets are on sale now for $15-$92 at 704-372-1000 or operacarolina.org.

Conducted by Christopher Larkin, and stage directed by Jay Lesenger, this production features several excellent artists. Vivica Genuax as Cinderella (March 9 & 11) shares the role with Adriana Zabala (March 12), Dale Travis as Don Magnifico, and Bradley Williams as Don Ramiro. Full cast listing and bios are available here.

This production is made possible by presenting sponsors Caroline and Ian Banwell. Vivica Genaux's appearance is sponsored by U.S. Trust.

To download images of this production please click here. Current images available include: production photos, artist 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:

Monday, February 20 at 1:00 – Jewish Community Center
Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 – Borders Books & Music/Stonecrest
Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 – Borders Books & Music/SouthPark
Wednesday, March 8 at 12 noon – Davidson College, Recital Hall

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: 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 performance is at 7:30 pm, Saturday performance is at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinee performance is at 2:00 pm 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 am to 6:00 pm; 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.

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. For group arrangements, call 704-332-7177 x210.


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., and 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.