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N.C. Arts Council Awards $122,500 Grant to Opera Carolina

September 29, 2009

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N.C. Arts Council Awards $122,500 Grant to Opera Carolina

Charlotte, N.C., (September 29, 2009) - Opera Carolina in Mecklenburg County has been awarded $122,500 from the North Carolina Arts Council. The grant will provide general support that sustains Opera's traditional programming as well as augment funding that is directed toward arts and education, and creative workforce initiatives. Opera Carolina is the leading professional opera company in the region.

"We're grateful for the continued support of the N.C Arts Council and the N.C. General Assembly in our community, because without public support, we couldn't sustain the level of programming our audiences have come to expect," said Kay Norris, board chair, Opera Carolina.

"In addition, this generous grant helps us achieve our mission of delivering arts education to the young people in our community," said James Meena, general director of Opera Carolina. "During these challenging times, it is ever more important to bolster the resources that allow us to retain the creative talent and develop exceptional programming that infuses young people with inspiring and empowering cultural experiences."

The Arts Council invested $7.3 million in 519 arts organizations; 364 school, community, and civic groups; and 183 individuals in FY07-08. Projects attracted over 13.6 million participants and nearly 4.3 million of these were children and youth.

To be eligible for Arts Council funds, organizations must produce programs of artistic merit that encourage community involvement. Grants require that matching funds be raised by the applicant organization.

For more information about N.C. Arts Council programs, visit www.ncarts.org or contact Communications Manager Jessica Orr at (919) 807-6520, or Jessica.A.Orr@ncmail.net.

About Opera Carolina's 2009/2010 Season
Plans are well underway for the company's highly anticipated Bella Notte, the annual Fall Gala fundraising event, which will be held Oct. 24, 2009, on the set of La Bohème on the stage of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The 2010 season will begin with La Bohème scheduled for Jan. 23, 24, 28 & 30, followed by Love Notes, a special concert of opera and Zarzuela (Spanish folk opera) benefiting the Hispanic Scholarship Fund on Feb. 20 at the new Knight Theater, Carmen, starring international opera diva Denyce Graves opposite the luminous Carl Tanner, slated for Mar. 13, 14, 18 & 20, and concluding with Otello, starring Carl Tanner on May 6 and 8.

About Opera Carolina
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 for the fiscal year 2009. 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 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.