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Watusi and Camels and Zebras – OH MY!

January 14, 2008

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Watusi and Camels and Zebras – OH MY!

Prepare for an opera spectacle unlike any Charlotte has ever seen. Opera Carolina presents Aida, Verdi's extravagant masterpiece, in an elaborate portrayal of forbidden love. Set in ancient Egypt, a young Ethiopian princess, Aida, is condemned to slavery by the Egyptians. However, her captor, Radamés, succumbs to her beauty and the two fall desperately in love. Fighting for their freedom to be together, Aida and Radamés finally find unity in death.

True to Verdi's intentions, Aida continues to be one of the most elaborate productions on the operatic stage. Opera Carolina has maintained this tradition, bringing the exoticism and lavishness of ancient Egypt to Charlotte. Unique to this production is the incorporation an array of live African wildlife on stage including a white horse, a zebra, a camel, two snakes, and yes, a watusi. With an ensemble cast of over 200 people, Opera Carolina's production of Aida will reverberate with the energy and passion of an unbridled love story that still touches audiences throughout the ages.

Aida will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center January 31 at 7:30 p.m., February 1 & 2 at 8:00 p.m. & February 3 at
2:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at operacarolina.org or by calling the
Box Office at 704.372.1000. For season subscriptions, group sales, and other opera events, please visit operacarolina.org.

Aida is sung in Italian with projected English titles. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Full cast listings and bios are available at: operacarolina.org/operas. To download images of this production please go to: http://www.operacarolina.org/about_media_photos.php. Current images available include: production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.

This production is made possible by presenting sponsor Time Warner Cable and supporting sponsor One Charlotte and Portman Holdings. Additional support provided by Faison, National Gypsum Company, Corner Cap Investment Counsel, Mayer Brown, U.S. Airways, and Blue Restaurant & Bar. Media support provided by Time Warner Cable, The Charlotte Observer, Lite 102.9, WFAE and WCNC-TV.

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. 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, 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.
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