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Opera Carolina 2006-2007 season opens October 26

May 25, 2006

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Opera Carolina 2006-2007 season opens October 26

Charlotte, North Carolina — The grand and heart wrenching Italian composers, a premiere performance of a Spanish opera, and the witty English create Opera Carolina's 58th season. The 2006-2007 Opera season promises to be one of the company's most compelling and rewarding.

Opera Carolina, North Carolina's largest professional opera company, producing traditional grand opera, will produce four full-length operas, scheduled to open October 26, 2006, plus a holiday production.

The 2006-2007 season opens with the most often performed opera in the world, Madama Butterfly by Puccini, followed by a double bill including Charlotte's first opera ever performed in Spanish, La Vida Breve, and Pagliacci, the opera with the famous "tears of a clown" scene. The season continues with Rigoletto by the masterful Verdi and the jesting pair, Gilbert & Sullivan close out the season with hilarity in Pirates of Penzance. To celebrate the holidays, Opera Carolina continues the tradition of holiday performances with Amahl & the Night Visitors.

Commenting on the season, James Meena, General Director & Principal Conductor of Opera Carolina said, "Opera Carolina is an organization that continues to excel and is recognized as this region's premiere professional opera company, enhancing the cultural community and bringing distinction to the region." Meena continues, "The 2006-2007 season will build on the huge success of last season's southeastern premiere of Margaret Garner. Opera Carolina will continue establishing itself as a producer of works relevant to the diverse groups that make up our community. By staging works such as Cold Sassy Tree, Susannah, Margaret Garner and now, La Vida Breve, Opera Carolina opens up the world of opera to new audiences. With the 2006-2007 season, we take another step in the development of Opera Carolina as the premier opera company in the south."

All performances feature projected English titles, the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

New season subscriptions are available for a full season of 4 operas to a choice of 2 operas ($27 - $310) and are on sale now at 704.335.1010 or online at operacarolina.org. Subscription benefits include discounted tickets, seating priority, and exchange privileges.

Once again, Opera Carolina proudly offers special ticket pricing for families and students. The Family Series Subscription allows families to enjoy the opera together for as little as $9 per performance for the children. (Available for full subscriptions only). Students are offered a Student Rush option, which for $10 a ticket, a student may purchase any open seat in the house at one hour prior to curtain. Or students can purchase any seat, any time, for 10% off the retail ticket price.

Single tickets ($15 - $90) for Opera Carolina's 2006-07 season will be available August 2006.

By Giacomo Puccini

4 Performances: October 26, 27 & 28, 29
Sung in Italian with projected English titles.

Belk Theater, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

The Story: In a world where beauty and illusion seduce the powerful and the weak, Cio-Cio San, the geisha known as Butterfly, must awaken to the bitter truth that is sure to unravel her sweetest fantasy.

Pagliacci By Ruggerio Leonvavallo / La Vida Breve By Manuel De Falla

3 Performances: January 25, 27, & 28, 2007
Sung in Italian & Spanish with projected English titles

Belk Theater, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

The Story: Pagliacci – Seething with jealously over a betrayal by his actress wife, Canio takes the stage as the imposing Pagliaccio and everyone watches how comedy turns to tragedy when the clown is
moved to tears.

La Vida Breve – Not even the protective embrace of her grandmother and uncle can spare Salud from the stolen kisses and devastating heartbreak waiting at the lips of her lover, the deceitful Paco.

First Spanish opera to be performed in Charlotte.

By Giuseppe Verdi

3 Performances: March 1, 7:30 pm, March 3, 8:00 pm and March 4, 2:00 pm, 2007

Sung in Italian with projected English titles

Belk Theater, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

The Story: Cursed and betrayed in the court and at home, Rigoletto, the jester, finds himself triply duped when the fates cast his beloved daughter as the pawn in a perilous game of love, seduction and political intrigue.

By Gilbert & Sullivan

3 Performances: April 12, 14, & 15, 2007
Sung in English with projected titles

Belk Theater, North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

The Story: Surrounded by a band of pirates, a major general, policemen aplenty, and a bevy of beautiful wards, Frederic's mistaken tenure as a pirate apprentice is just the start of the zany adventures that ultimately bring him to truth, honor, joy and love.

By Gian Carlo Menotti

2 Performances: December 15 & 16, 2007
McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square

The Story: An innocent boy, Amahl, crippled of body yet strong of heart, discovers the true blessings of generosity, love, and forgiveness when the three kings tap on his door.


All performances (except Amahl & the Night Visitors) 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, Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinee performances are at 2:00 p.m. Season ticket prices range from $36 - $302 and are on sale at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 704.335.1010, 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. Discounted ticket prices are available for full-time students and groups of 10 or more (for group arrangements, call 704.332.7177 x210). Individual tickets for the main stage operas are on sale August 1, 2005.


Learn more about the operas and sample the season with a free compact disc, featuring musical highlights and commentary by Opera Carolina General Director & Principal Conductor, James Meena. To order, call Opera Carolina at 704.332.7177, ext. 210.


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 $2.8 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.