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Fabio Armiliato, Alexandra LoBianco & Carl Tanner Lead Opera Carolina’s 2020-21 Season


Opera Carolina has announced its 2020-21 season featuring three operas, two from the standard repertoire and one new work. The season opens with Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Cellia Costea in the title role, Fabio Armiliato as Cavaradossi and Leo An as Scarpia. James Meena conducts a production by Michael Capasso. Performance Dates: Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2020 Douglas Tappin’s “I Dream” is {…}


Opera Carolina’s 2018-19 Season To Feature Three Productions


Opera Carolina has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring three opera productions and a number of rising stars. Here is a look at what this season will offer. Sarah Coburn sings the title role in Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment” with David Walton as Tonio. Steven Condy rounds out the cast as Suplice. Performance Dates: Nov. 10, 15 & 18, 2018 {…}


Leah Crocetto, Carl Tanner, Vanessa Vasquez, Claudia Chapa, William Clay Thompson Headline North Carolina Opera’s 2024-25 Season


North Carolina Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. First up is “Ernani” in Concert. The Verdi opera stars Leah Crocetto, Carl Tanner, Andrew Manea, and Anthony Robin Schneider. Jakob Lehmann conducts. Performance Date: Nov. 10, 2024 Then comes “Florencia en el Amazonas” with a cast starring Vanessa Vasquez, Richard Ollarsaba, Marlen Nahhas, Jason Karn, Levi Hernandez, and Claudia Chapa. Joseph Mechavich conducts and John Hoomes directs. Performance Dates: Jan. 31 {…}


Alexandra LoBianco Stars in North Carolina Opera’s ‘Golden West Gala’


(Photo credit: IMG Artists) North Carolina Opera announced its “Golden West Gala,” scheduled to take place on April 6, at The Pavilion at The Angus Barn. The annual Opera Gala serves as a cornerstone fundraising event in North Carolina Opera, bringing together patrons, sponsors, artists, and community members. This year’s co-chairs are Rae and Jim Gulick, Paul Fomberg, and Roy {…}


North Carolina Opera Releases Cast Details for ‘The Barber of Seville’


North Carolina Opera has released its casting for “The Barber of Seville,” which will take place Feb. 2 and 4, 2024. Baritone Luke Sutliff takes on the leading role of Figaro. Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana sings Don Basilio, with tenor David Walton as Count Almaviva, mezzo-soprano Lisa Marie Rogali as Rosina, who is joined by bass-baritone Ben Brady as her guardian, {…}


Vanessa Vasquez to Headline North Carolina Opera’s ‘La Traviata’


North Carolina Opera is set to present “La Traviata” on Oct. 27 and 29, 2023. The production, which kicks off the 2023-24 season, will be conducted by Joseph Mechavich and directed by John Hoomes. The opera will star Vanessa Vasquez as Violetta with Jonathan Johnson as Alfredo. Andrew Manea will take on the role of Giorgio Germont. Rounding out the {…}


North Carolina’s Classical Station WCPE Bans Met Opera’s Six New Works Due to ‘Offensive’ Content


North Carolina’s Classical Station WCPE has announced that it will not be broadcasting the six modern operas that the Metropolitan Opera will showcase during the 2023-24 season. According to a letter signed by Deborah S. Proctor, the General Manager and Chief Engineer of WCPE, the radio station, which did not broadcast “Champion” due to vulgar language, opted to not broadcast {…}