RALEIGH, N.C.—North Carolina Opera General Director Eric Mitchko announced the company’s 2012-2013 season today. The season will commemorate the bicentennial of two of opera’s greatest composers, Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, both born in 1813. It will again include performances in both Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and will feature a mix of established stars and young talent on the rise. Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Timothy Myers will lead all performances in the coming season.
Productions will include a concert of Act I of Die Walküre along with other favorite selections from Wagner on Jan. 27, 2013 in Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh; one of Verdi’s most popular operas, Aida, May 3, 2013 in Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill and May 5, 2013 in the Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh; and the beloved classic, Così fan tutte by Mozart, October 3, 5 and 6, 2013 at the Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh. Season tickets are on sale now at www.ncopera.org or by calling (919) 792-3850.
Jan. 27, 2013, 3 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center, Raleigh
North Carolina Opera will open its 2012-2013 season in the Meymandi Concert Hall in Progress Energy Center in Raleigh, with selections from several of Wagner’s most popular operas, in honor of the bicentennial of the composer’s birth. The concert will include Act I of Die Walküre, in what is thought to be the first performance from Wagner’s Ring Cycle in the Triangle, as well as excerpts from Die Meistersinger, Tristan und Isolde, and other Wagner operas. The Wagner concert will bring internationally acclaimed talent to Raleigh, including tenor Jay Hunter Morris, who sings the famously difficult role of Siegfried in Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Metropolitan Opera, and Elizabeth Bishop, who has sung leading Wagner roles at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera, as Sieglinde. Timothy Myers conducts.
May 3, 2013, 8 p.m. Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill
May 5, 2013, 3 p.m. Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center, Raleigh
In celebration of the bicentennial of Verdi’s birth, the second opera of North Carolina Opera’s 2012-2013 season will be Verdi’s biggest operatic work, Aida, a sensational tale of war, romance, and intrigue that spans the gates of Thebes and the banks of the Nile. In the Old Kingdom of Egypt, a military commander, the unrequited love of the Pharaoh’s daughter, falls for an Ethiopian slave, forging a deadly love triangle. Soprano Angela Brown, whose credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera and Hamburg State Opera, will sing the role of Aida. The production will also feature tenor Issachah Savage, and Leann Sandel-Pantaleo, who starred in North Carolina Opera’s Carmen in the 2011-2012 season. Baritone Todd Thomas will make his company debut as Amonasro. This opera will be presented in semi-staged format, much like North Carolina Opera’s successful Il trovatore from last seas on. There will be one performance each in Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh and in Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill.
Così fan tutte
October 3, 5 and 6, 2013
Fletcher Opera Theater, Progress Energy Center, Raleigh
The season will close with Mozart’s popular masterpiece, Cosi fan tutte on Oct. 3, 5 and 6, 2013 in the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The comical opera, subtitled “The School for Lovers,” finds two military officers in 18th Century Naples attempting to seduce each others’ fiancées in an outlandish test of fidelity. Scenes of faked suicide, feigned hallucination, and magnet therapy ensue, sung by a splendid young cast including Faith Sherman as Dorabella, Hailey Clark as Despina, and Tyler Nelson as Ferrando. Bass-baritone Jake Gardner joins the cast in role of Don Alfonso, a role he has sung at the Glyndebourne Festival.
North Carolina Opera Gala
November 10, 2012
Opera lovers are invited to gather at the Umstead Hotel in Cary on Nov. 10, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. for North Carolina Opera’s annual Gala, an evening of dining, dancing, auctions, and operatic serenades, and a Wall of Wine Raffle. Following dinner, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Tim Myers, and General Director, Eric Mitchko, will lead a discussion on opera in the Lord Corporation Listening Lounge. Tickets are $250 per person at www.ncopera.org or by calling 919-792-3856. Space is limited. Black tie optional.
Season tickets are on sale now at www.ncopera.org or by calling 919-792-3850. Prices for full season subscriptions go from $66 to $222. Benefits to season ticket subscription holders include priority seating, hassle-free exchanges, and lower prices. Single tickets will go on sale in September.
Tickets to the Gala are available at www.ncopera.org or by calling 919-792-3856.
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA OPERA
North Carolina Opera was formed in 2010 from the merger of Capital Opera Raleigh and The Opera Company of North Carolina. It is dedicated to presenting operatic performances at the highest level throughout the Triangle. We also have a robust education program that brings opera to schools across Wake County and surrounding counties. North Carolina Opera brings international level artists to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and also engages the best in local Triangle talent.