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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 ›