CHARLOTTE – Lies and deception are common themes in Opera Carolina’s three 2017-18 Grand Opera productions. The season is filled with complicated characters, some deceitful and some noble, who disguise themselves to get something – or someone – they want. Tickets go on sale Aug. 7.
But there’s more to Opera Carolina than these three productions comprising the Grand Opera season.
Opera Carolina has been “Thinking Outside The Belk” and continues to expand into the community with the popular “Opera Unlimited” series. Opera Unlimited performances are held in area churches, breweries and throughout the community.
The Grand Opera season brings the work of great composers Giuseppe Verdi (Rigoletto) and W.A. Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro) to the stage. Those beloved classics are joined by a living American composer’s take on a timeless French tale. David DiChiera created a beautiful, new setting for Edmond Rostand’s classic play Cyrano de Bergerac, which premiered in 2007.
“Balance is our programming mantra for the 2017-18 season,” said James Meena, general director & principal conductor. “We strive to create schedules for the Grand Opera and the new Opera Unlimited seasons that include the familiar and the new.”
Headlining the Opera Unlimited season is I Dream by Douglas Tappin, that chronicles the last 36 hours in the extraordinary life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I Dream is presented by Novant Health and will be staged at the Knight Theater in May 2018 as part of the 50th commemoration of the assassination of Dr. King in 1968.
The fifth annual Art • Poetry • Music will again celebrate opera, visual art and the spoken word for three different cultures – the Asian-American community (Oct. 2017, Halton Theater), the African-American community (with a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Jan. 2018 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church) and the Latin-American community (May 2018).
“Opera shows us the best and worst of the human condition,” Meena said. “Love, jealousy, deceit, valor, honor and dishonor – all of it is part of a glorious Grand Opera season celebrating the art of the illusion.”
Meena adds Opera Carolina’s 2017-18 season may just shatter some illusions.
“We continue our efforts to reach people who have never been to an opera,” Meena said. “Our diverse programming proves opera is real and relevant.”
For the seventh consecutive year, Wells Fargo Private Bank is Opera Carolina’s season sponsor.
Single tickets, beginning at $21, are available starting Aug. 7 at www.operacarolina.org.