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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 ›

North Carolina Opera’s Hercules vs. Vampires Combines B-Movies and Baritones

The Rocky Horror Picture Show introduced moviegoers to audience participation in the late 1970s and Mystery Science Theater 3000 brought the snark to television in the late 1980s, morphing into RiffTrax in 2006. Essentially, mocking B-movies is not entirely new. The “No talking during the feature” rule has been broken before. But Patrick Morganelli and… Read More ›

Middle Earth Met the Marvel Universe on Sept. 16th and 18th in the N.C. Opera’s Das Rheingold

Over the span of nearly 26 years, German composer Richard Wagner constructed a cycle of four operas, based loosely on characters from Norse mythology and the German epic poem Nibelungenlied (The Song of the Nibelungs). This quartet, officially titled Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is more commonly known as The Ring… Read More ›

The North Carolina Opera Opens Its Sixth Season on Oct. 30th with a Stellar Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has endeared itself to audiences for more than a hundred years with its passionate love story and recognizable arias, but even more so with its heartbreaking love story. Few tales grace the stage and combine elements from both Eastern and Western culture as the story of the teenage Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly)… Read More ›

The North Carolina Opera presented "Opera in the Pines" on May 9th in Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre

North Carolina Opera’s May 9th “Opera in the Pines” Concert at Koka Booth Amphitheatre Was Stellar

Okay, we’ll admit that we come to this review with a certain level of bias. We love Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary, NC. It is simply one of the best venues in the Triangle to hear live music. It’s the perfect balance of space, ambiance, and acoustics. You are outside under a… Read More ›

North Carolina Opera Reveals 2015-16 Season

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Wednesday, April 8 the North Carolina Opera revealed its new season at CAM Raleigh. Fans and friends of the organization excitedly gathered for the unveiling of the new season’s productions and casting presented by NCO Artistic Director & Principal Conductor Timothy Myers, along with live performances of excerpts from each opera…. Read More ›

OPERA LOVERS, TAKE NOTE!

Hailey Best, who sang Flora in our 2011 production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, has been crowned Miss North Carolina!

Opening Night at North Carolina Opera’s Faust

An old man disappointed with his life’s work makes a deal with the devil.  That is the story, in short, of Faust, the play by Wolfgang  von Goethe.  The opera, performed by North Carolina Opera, with music by Charles Gounoud and libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, opened Thursday night to a nearly full… Read More ›

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.

Opera in the Park | Jun 12

In its first major public appearance, the new North Carolina Opera offers a magical evening of opera and Broadway classics under the stars.