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Say "Konnichiwa" to Madama Butterfly

October 20, 2006

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Say "Konnichiwa" to Madama Butterfly

Immerse yourself into the mysterious world of the Orient as the "Butterfly Emerges" unfolding into an exciting 2006 – 2007 Season for Opera Carolina! Join your fellow Madama Butterfly ticket holders at a special kick off party on Thursday, October 26 and Saturday, October 28. The events will take place on two evenings in the Spirit Room (enter at the corner of College and 5th Street) of the Center City Holiday Inn (230 North College) in downtown Charlotte. Festivities will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday October 26 and from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday October 28 and cost for the event is $ 15.00 per person.

European-trained Chef Ahmed Faloui has created a special Asian-inspired menu for Opera patrons: including Chicken Satee with Balsamic Glaze, Beef Kabob with Pinenut Sauce, Fresh Fig Puff Pastry with Chives Oriental Sauce, Shrimp Spring Rolls with Thai Sauce, Sesame Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Chicken Dumplings Soya Sauce and Crispy Calamari Steak with Zizola Sauce. In addition to a cash bar, guests will be able to enjoy samples of sake to complement this delicate cuisine. A special Opera Carolina guest - noted Japanese Calligrapher and teacher Emiko Mizumoto will be providing guests with their individualized notes in the ancient script which said to date back to the 3rd century B. C.

The "Butterfly Emerges" party is reservation only and guests may make reservations by contacting the Opera Carolina Office 704-332-3177 X 210. So say "Konnichiwa" (hello in Japanese) to a thrilling season of Opera Carolina.

Opera Carolina's production of Madama Butterfly is made possible by Bob and Marjorie McDorman and the Hearst Corporation, performances will run from October 26 thru the 29 in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English titles. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. 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. Visit operacarolina.org for information and details about this season's operas, special events, synopses, artist biographies, ticket information, and more!

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.

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