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Celebrate Halloween with Carolina Ballet’s Spooky Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Haunted Tales in Fletcher Opera Theater

The Carolina Ballet is officially my favorite destination in the Triangle for a classy, artistic, gorgeous version of the usually icky, spooky, gross Halloween festivities. This year’s choice to celebrate their 20th anniversary season with three appropriate yet not-the-usual-Dracula ballets is a great one, and the nearly full house for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow… Read More ›

Old and New Carolina Ballet Stars Twinkle Brightly in The Ugly Duckling and Three Other Ballets in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

The 20th season of the Carolina Ballet of Raleigh, NC might prove to be its most interesting one yet, artistic director Robert Weiss told the audience on opening night of The Ugly Duckling. “We have a mix of new and old,” he reported. Ballets in the 2017-18 season include the gorgeous Weiss-choreographed Messiah; the Valentine’s… Read More ›

The Acting Is Superb in N.C. Opera’s First-Rate Production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

I had forgotten how much fun it is to listen to Mozart! I am by no means an opera buff, but I can readily testify that the North Carolina Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, co-produced with Opera Saratoga and performed at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater), is an unqualified success. Whether performed by… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage The Little Mermaid Feb. 2-19 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in >the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by 20/20 Photo Video)

Carolina Ballet’s Little Mermaid Is a Classic Fairy Tale with a Progressive Twist

In the land of basketball and BBQ, it is easy to forget that North Carolina also has a notable ballet company. Carolina Ballet’s production of Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s The Little Mermaid, running Feb. 2-19 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, will delight the young and the young at heart, with its cartoon colors, stunning… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage The Little Mermaid Feb. 2-19 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in >the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by 20/20 Photo Video)

The Little Mermaid Is a Big Hit for Carolina Ballet

The littlest mermaids were not necessarily on stage Thursday night when the Carolina Ballet premiered its latest ballet of the season, The Little Mermaid, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Little girls in fancy dresses, tutus, and tiaras filled the seats at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater to see (and hear!) one… Read More ›

Carter Calvert (left) and Sally Struthers will star at NCT as charttopper Patsy Cline and her number-one fan, Louise Seger (photo by Jay Goldsmith for the 2012 Ogunquit Playhouse production)

NCT’s Always… Patsy Cline Is Friendship Set to Music and a Fantastically Entertaining Show

Friday night, there were a lot of Patsy Cline fans enjoying award-winning actresses Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert in the North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Always… Patsy Cline, which opened on Jan. 20th in Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater. It is not surprising that the show appeals to Cline’s loyal fans, but I urge you… Read More ›

Carter Calvert (left) and Sally Struthers will star at NCT as charttopper Patsy Cline and her number-one fan, Louise Seger (photo by Jay Goldsmith for the 2012 Ogunquit Playhouse production)

Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert Will Star in Ted Swindley’s 1997 Off-Broadway Hit, Always… Patsy Cline, on Jan. 20-29 at NCT

Broadway and national and international tour veteran Carter Calvert (It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues) and fellow Broadway veteran Sally Struthers, who won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series in 1972 and 1979 for playing Gloria Bunker Stivic in Norman Lear’s groundbreaking CBS television sitcom… Read More ›

Claude Debussy's La Mer is a world premiere by Zalman Raffael (photo by Chris Walt)

Carolina Ballet’s Sept. 15-Oct. 2 Performance of La Mer Includes Three World Premieres

Opening night for the ballet means you’re in for a treat, and Robert Weiss’ phenomenal Carolina Ballet didn’t disappoint on Sept. 15th, with the world premiere of choreographer Zalman Raffael’s La Mer. The lovely principal ballerina Lara O’Brien welcomed the audience with the reminder that the Carolina Ballet creates more original ballets each year than… Read More ›

Fox & Beggar Theater and Cirque De Vol Studios presented Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale on Aug. 13th in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh

Fox & Beggar Theater’s Mystical Tarocco Is No Cirque du Soleil; It’s Even Better!

Founded in 2013, Asheville, NC’s Fox & Beggar Theater performs what the company calls “dreampunk cirque nouveau.” This is no Cirque du Soleil. It’s better. F&BT focuses its energy on storytelling — dark stories told through dance, acrobatics, puppetry, music, and animation — rather than spectacle for its own sake. Fox & Beggar Theater’s latest… Read More ›

North Carolina Theatre's April 29-May 8 production of Wit stars New York actress Kate Goehring (left) as Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., and 1991 Tony Award® winner Daisy Eagan as Susie Monahan, RN, BSN

NCT’s Wit Will Make Viewers Think and Feel

In theatre, things don’t always go as expected, but, as the old saying goes, “the show must go on.” This mantra certainly proved true in the case of North Carolina Theatre’s production of Wit, for which the original leading lady, Judy McLane, bowed out of the role before opening night, citing personal reasons. Fortunately, the… Read More ›

Kate Goehring stars as English professor/cancer patient Dr. Vivian Bearing (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Nobody Does It Better Than Kate Goehring, Who Stars as Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit May 3-8 for NCT

Nobody does English lit professor-turned-ovarian cancer patient Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., better than New York actress Kate Goehring, who stepped into the role in the North Carolina Theatre‘s current production of Wit literally at the 11th hour as a last-minute replacement for Broadway actress Judy McLane, who bowed out for “personal reasons,” according to NCT. But… Read More ›

North Carolina Theatre's April 29-May 8 production of Wit stars New York actress Kate Goehring (left) as Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., and 1991 Tony Award® winner Daisy Eagan as Susie Monahan, RN, BSN

NCT’s Production of Wit Will Star Kate Goehring as Dr. Vivian Bearing and Daisy Eagan as Her Nurse

The North Carolina Theatre‘s April 29-May 1 and May 3-8 production of Atlanta, GA playwright and teacher Margaret Edson’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit, will star New York actress Kate Goehring as cancer patient Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., and 1991 Tony Award® winner Daisy Eagan as her primary nurse, Susie Monahan, RN, BSN. Goehring, who earned… Read More ›

Kate Goehring to Replace Judy McLane in North Carolina Theatre’s Wit

North Carolina Theatre, the region’s premier nonprofit professional regional theatre, today announced a cast change for Margaret Edson’s Wit, opening April 29th. Kate Goehring will step into the lead role of “Vivian Bearing, Ph.D.” replacing Judy McLane, who has withdrawn from the production due to personal reasons.

Carolina Ballet will present Robert Weiss' "dance meditation," inspired by Paul Moravec's 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning score, Tempest Fantasy, on March 3-6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh

Tempest Fantasy Continues Carolina Ballet’s Shakespeare Theme March 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20

Carolina Ballet artistic director and choreographer Robert Weiss has created a Shakespearean theme this year to honor William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 1616; and the latest ballet showcases another of The Bard of Avon’s great plays: The Tempest. Accompanying the nod to the master’s Tempest is a new… Read More ›

Principal dancers Lilyan Vigo and Marcelo Martinez perform in Love Speaks (photo by 20/20 Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s Love Speaks Is the Ballet of the Season: Eloquent, Funny, and Romantic

What better way to celebrate love during this month of the year than with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, his sonnets, coupled with the Symposium, linked dances based on discussions of the various elements of love? Robert Weiss’ Carolina Ballet did all that and much more with their current triumph, Love Speaks, choreographed by guest… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage Symphonie Fantastique: Un Bal, a world premiere by Robert Weiss, on Oct. 8-25 in Raleigh's A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

Carolina Ballet’s New World Premiere Is Simply Fantastique!

Carolina Ballet’s artistic director Robert Weiss and choreographer-in-residence Zalman Raffael have done it again with Symphonie Fantastique: Un Bal. Another world premiere hit the stage at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater on opening night, Oct. 8th, showcasing two movements from Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, as well as the Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major… Read More ›

Marcelo Martinez, shown here in the 2010 production with Lilyan Vigo, reprises his role as Count Dracula in Lynne Taylor-Corbett's version of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

Lynne Taylor-Corbett Skillfully Stages Carolina Ballet’s Elegant and Eerie Version of “Dracula”

On Thursday, Oct. 9th, Carolina Ballet ushered in the season of ghosts and ghouls with its elegant and eerie production of Dracula, presented in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in downtown Raleigh, NC. Skillfully choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, the ballet features J. Mark Scearce’s suspenseful score, David Heuvel’s always-luscious costume designs, impressive lighting effects by… Read More ›

Margaret Severin-Hansen and Marcelo Martinez star in "Dracula" (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

“Dracula” Swoops in Dramatically to the Carolina Ballet

On Oct. 9th, plague and vampires came to the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh via the guise of the Carolina Ballet, and they will stay to seduce audiences and produce passionate performances until Oct. 26th. The two ballets, based on classic horror stories written by Edgar Allan Poe (The Masque of the Red Death)… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet’s “Firebird” Sizzled at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater on Sept. 11-28

From Sept. 11th to 28th, the Carolina Ballet offered three balletic jewels to enraptured audiences in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, NC. Few realize the true gem Raleigh has under Robert Weiss’ artistic direction. With 17 years at the helm of the Carolina Ballet, one would believe that he would be slowing down… Read More ›

Marcelo Martinez (left) and Richard Krusch will star in Carolina Ballet's production of "Firebird," on Sept. 11-28 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s Production of “The Firebird” Was Very Pleasing to Watch and Very Beautifully Danced

Carolina Ballet opened its 2014-15 season with a mixed repertory evening anchored by Firebird, set to Igor Stravinsky’s iconic score of the same name. The performance, presented at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in downtown Raleigh, also featured two new ballets: a Brahms piece choreographed by Carolina Ballet’s new choreographer-in-residence, Zalman Raffael, and another Stravinsky… Read More ›

“Oh What a Night! II” Features Songs from Shows Too Big for Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh

Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh will end its sizzling Summer of Hits with its second annual summer-season-ending musical revue, “Oh What a Night! II,” directed and choreographed by Broadway star and Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy, on Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC.

NC Opera Season Announced

We’re thrilled to announce our exciting 2011-2012 season!
Season subscriptions are also on sale now!

Tosca is Flawed, but Works Well for Modern Audiences

The North Carolina Opera’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca presents the tragic tale with a surprising amount of humor and heart, successfully updating an old classic for modern audiences.

Raleigh Chamber Music Guild Announces 2010-11 Season

Since 1941, this series has presented many of the world’s greatest chamber ensembles and artists to the greater Raleigh area. Recognized for its high quality and diversity, the Masters Series includes both young, cutting edge groups as well as established, traditional ensembles.

Raleigh Dance Theatre Observes Observes 25th Anniversary with Gala Performance and Celebration | Mar 20

As part of the weekend celebration RDT has planned an alumni gathering Friday evening, a gala party on Saturday following the performance, and an alumni ballet class on Sunday.

Profile: Carolina Ballet’s Marcelo Martinez

During Marcelo Martinez’s final season with the Washington Ballet in 2007, Washington Post Staff writer Sarah Kaufman observed, “(he is) an underused dancer with flamboyant technique and a sweet crooked smile.”  The latter two descriptors are still true, the first is not: Martinez is no longer underused.  He joined Carolina Ballet for its 10th season… Read More ›

Ballet company presents “Hearts for Haiti” fundraiser

In the wake of the devastation that rocked the nation of Haiti three weeks ago, the dancers of Carolina Ballet would like to help the nation rebuild. In an effort to raise funds for the people of Haiti, Carolina Ballet is opening its doors for an open studio rehearsal of Cinderella on Sunday, February 14,… Read More ›

CAROLINA BALLET TO SHOWCASE CINDERELLA & SELECT WORKS OF GEORGE BALANCHINE TO OPEN 2010 WINTER / SPRING SEASON

Carolina Ballet is poised to open the second half of its twelfth season, February 18 – March 7, 2010, with selections from its repertoire that offer something for every age and taste. The program opens with Robert Weiss’ Cinderella, and after the intermission it switches gears with several shorter works by Weiss’ mentor George Balanchine…. Read More ›

CAROLINA BALLET PREMIERES PICASSO BALLET TO COMPLEMENT NASHER MUSEUM EXHIBIT | Oct 15 – Nov 1

One of the highlights of Carolina Ballet’s twelfth season is Robert Weiss’ new ballet inspired by works of Pablo Picasso to coincide with the exhibit “Picasso and the Allure of Language” at Duke University’s Nasher Museum.