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Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Opera Carolina’s Dr. Shanté Williams on Passionate Leadership & Her New Role at Opera Carolina

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Entrepreneur extraordinaire Dr. Shanté Williams, is a notable businesswoman, intellectual property strategist, specialist in neuro-oncology and pharmacology, and the first woman and person of color to lead Opera Carolina in the role of General Director. Dr. Williams talked with OperaWire about her unique journey to the opera world, her leadership style, and plans for the company. OperaWire: You hold degrees {…}

Business, News

Opera Carolina Names New General Director

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Dr. Shanté Williams has been named the new general director of Opera Carolina, effective July 1. Williams will succeed James Meena, who currently serves as general director and principal conductor. She will be the first woman and first person of color to lead Opera Carolina, which was founded in 1948. In a statement Williams said, “Opera Carolina’s remarkable 75-year history of {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Opera Carolina 2022-23 Review: La Traviata

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Opera Carolina closed its 2022-23 season with a fantastic production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” At the rise of the curtain, the audience was transported to 19th-century Paris. Ercole Sormani’s intricate set design was outstanding. The detailed paintings on the multi-layered drapes showed the characteristics of a lavish parlor and countryside home; this mixed with Michael Baumgarten’s life-like light design created {…}

News

Melinda Whittington, Hysung Yu, & Dominic Armstrong in ‘La Traviata’ with Opera Carolina

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For its final production of the 2022-23 season, Opera Carolina will present Verdi’s “La traviata.” The famed opera will feature Melinda Whittington as Violetta, Hysung Yu as Germont, and Dominic Armstrong singing the role of Alfredo. Also among the cast members are Ashley West-Davis, Michael Owens, Dan Boye, Ramelle Brooks, John Fortson, and Hannah Hoyt. The company’s artistic director James {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Opera Carolina 2022 Review: Tosca

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James Marvel’s new production of “Tosca” successfully portrayed the classic murderous drama in a much milder and more delicate way than its traditional setting. While right off the bat being almost lighthearted, there was no holding back from the melodramatic themes. At the core of this was the depiction of some unexpected characters. Although sometimes an overlooked character, the Sacrastin {…}

News

Nicole Cabell, Kenneth Overton & Alyson Cambridge Lead Opera Carolina’s 2022-23 Season

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Charlotte’s Opera Carolina has announced its 2022-23 featuring three productions. Alyson Cambridge, John Viscardi, and Steven Condy star in Puccini’s “Tosca.” James Meena conducts James Marvel’s production. Performance Dates: Oct. 13-16, 2022 Gerswhin’s “Porgy and Bess” is set to star Kenneth Overton, Nicole Cabell, Victor Ryan Robertson, Michelle Johnson, Sequina DuBose, Donovan Singletary, and Lucia Bradford. James Meena conducts with Du’Bois A’Keen directing. Performance Dates: Jan {…}

Business, News

Opera Carolina Announces New Directors of Development & Finance

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Opera Carolina has announced an expansion of its leadership team. The company has hired Claudio Ferri to be its Director of Development and Nandi Cheathem to be its Director of Finance. The two will commence their tenures during the 2022-23 season. Ferri has worked as General Manager of Royal International Artists and was the Director of the International Lyric Academy {…}

News

Karen Slack, Kenneth Overton & Alyson Cambridge Highlight Opera Carolina’s 2021-22 Season

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Opera Carolina has announced its 2021-22 season featuring four productions. Here is a look: The season opens with “I Dream” by Douglas Tappin and will star Derrick Davis, Victor Ryan Robertson, Alyson Cambridge, Lucia Bradford, Kenneth Overton, and Avalon Cutts-Jones. James Meena conducts. Performance Dates: Sept. 16-19, 2021 Richard Ollarsaba sings the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni“ with Melinda Whittington, Johnathan White, Gerardo de la Torre, Alex {…}