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Magnificent Voices and Lovely Sets Make the North Carolina Opera’s Tosca Extraordinary

When the curtain rises on the North Carolina Opera’s fully staged production of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, sung in Italian with English supertitles, conducted by Joseph Rescigno and directed by David Paul, with lighting by Tlaloc Lopez-Watermann, it is 1800 in Rome. Napoleon’s forces are bearing down on the city, threatening to occupy the… Read More ›

With Its Overloud Orchestra and Overcrowded Scenes, the N.C. Opera’s Carmen Disappoints

Carmen, the title character of the North Carolina Opera’s fully staged production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, sung in French with English supertitles, is a Spanish gypsy. Carmen (played again today at 2 p.m. in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium by Aleks Romano) is the embodiment of passion, desire, and love. Wherever she goes, she casts her spell…. Read More ›

Melinda Whittington and Edward Parks star as Ada and Inman in Cold Mountain (photo by Eric Waters)

Jennifer Higdon’s 2015 Opera, Cold Mountain, Surpasses the 1997 Novel and the 2003 Film

We love opera. The larger-than-life voices, the costumes, and the stories. When we go to the opera, we expect a certain amount of grandeur. Yet, even with these high expectations, when we walked into Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and first laid eyes on the stage, we were both… Read More ›

The N.C. Opera’s Production of The Pearl Fishers Features Divine Costumes and Stupendous Sets

Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers premiered in Paris in 1863. The story is set in ancient Ceylon; and the action revolves around two fishermen, Nadir and Zurga, played by John Bellemer and Jarrett Ott in the current North Carolina Opera production. Zurga has just become the village chief, and Nadir has just come back to… 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 ›