The fledgling company, North Carolina Opera, which was founded in 2010 after the merger of Opera Raleigh and The Opera Company of North Carolina, announced its ambitious 2013/2014 season Monday night at the Contemporary Museum of Art in downtown Raleigh.
The intimate gathering of artists, patrons, and opera fans celebrated the unveiling of NC Opera’s feature operas with snacks, drinks, and, naturally, vibrant music. The young, charismatic principal conductor, Timothy Myers walked the crowd through the season and introduced each new opera and event. Each introduction brought with it a small musical sampling of one or two of the opera’s prize arias. Rodolfo’s “Che gelida manina” and Rusalka’s “Song to the Moon” are two such hits performed by NC Opera’s able and passionate group of singers.
The upcoming season will include fully-staged, traditional productions of Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” and Puccini’s “La Boheme,” as well as a semi-staged performance of Dvorak’s operatic masterpiece, “Rusalka.”
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Cosi Fan Tutte
Three performances of Mozart’s witty comedy “Cosi Fan Tutte” begins NC Opera’s 2013/2014 season. The production is traditional, the comedy light, and the music delightful. Performances will be held Oct. 3,5 and 6.
The new year begins on a more serious note with Puccini’s beloved tragedy, “La Boheme.” This timeless tale has captured the hearts of audiences and remained one of the most regularly performed operas for decades. Robert Moody of the Winston-Salem Symphony directs Puccini’s luscious score.
Czech opera is a bit of a rarity, but Czech opera performed in the US is even rarer. Antonin Dvorak’s best known operatic work, “Rusalka” will be making its way to the stage of the Meymandi Concert Hall for a one-night semi-staged performance. NC Opera has gathered a cast of internationally acclaimed stars for the demanding score and the performance will be led by principal conductor, Timothy Myers.
Opera in the Pines
To close out the season, NC Opera will be featuring an outdoor concert on May 17th. The concert is a family event featuring the NC Opera orchestra and solo singers who will perform a variety of opera classics and Broadway hits. Children under 14 will be admitted free to this event, so bring the whole family out.