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Opera Carolina's 2006/2007 Season Exceeds Goals

July 30, 2007

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Opera Carolina's 2006/2007 Season Exceeds Goals

Ticket Sales exceed goal by $46,000
Opera Carolina Records 2nd Surplus in Three Years
Fundraising exceeds goal by $30,000

Charlotte, NC - Opera Carolina prepares for the 59th year of service to greater Charlotte confidently as the 2006/2007 season closes with record attendance and the second surplus in three years.

The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region's diverse community, attracting a broader demographic and bringing opera to new audiences through outreach programs and other successful operas. The 2006/2007 season included Madama Butterfly, Amahl & the Night Visitors, a double bill of La Vida Breve & Pagliacci, and The Pirates of Penzance. The pairing of La Vida Breve (Opera Carolina's first Spanish opera) and Pagliacci was not only well received by the public but offered opportunities to engage new audiences including "Salsa Night," held at the Duke Power Theater. More than 17,800 tickets were sold for the season. Furthermore, Opera Carolina's education and outreach programming served an additional 51,000 students, including the newly state funded program, cARTwheels.

The 2006/2007 season was not only well received by the public, but season and single ticket sales were up over prior years, exceeding budget by $46,000. Thanks to strong sales, Opera Carolina covered more than 70% of production costs with box office revenue. "Fundraising for the 58th season exceeded goals by $30,000 due to the successes of the Opening Fall Gala, spring Golf Tournament, Opera Carolina's auxiliary groups, and the stewardship of the Board of Directors, community and corporate support," said Emily Smith, Opera Carolina Board Chairman. These achievements in combination with strong fiscal management resulted in a surplus of approximately $40,000 - 1.4% of our annual $3.4 mil budget.

Fully audited financial statements will be available late September.

"The 2006/2007 season is now a page in our history," said James Meena, General Director & Principal Conductor. Meena continued by stating that "Opera Carolina envisions a robust future of our company, including new ways to engage audiences, diversifying repertoire and continuing to lead in the field of arts education."

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. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.

Opera Carolina is thankful for the support we received from our 2006/2007 sponsors. Presenting sponsors included: Bank of America; Carrie & Ian Banwell; Donald Haack Diamonds; Goodrich Corporation; The Hearst Corporation; Marjorie & Bob McDorman; Time Warner Cable; US Airways; and Wachovia.

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. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.

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