The North Carolina Opera Announces 2014-2015 Season
Four stunning operas.
Four aspects of love.
Sometimes love enflames(Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde) or it transforms (Verdi’s La traviata). Sometimes love betrays like Don Giovanni or it inspires like Muhammad Ali.
Whether love floats like a butterfly or stings like a bee, it’s here in NCO’s 2014-15 season. We invite you to join us and find your story!
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Subscriptions include Wagner’s monumental masterpieceTristan and Isolde, Verdi’s heartbreaking favorite La Traviata, and Mozart’s dark tragicomedy Don Giovanni. Order now while the best seats are still available.
North Carolina Opera 2014-15 Season
TRISTAN AND ISOLDE
Prelude and Act II in Concert
Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh
November 9, 2014
Passion warps reality. Wagner had to invent a whole new tonality to express the romantic power between Tristan and Isolde. She nurtures him back to health before realizing that he killed her lover. To mourn and atone, they intend to drink a death potion but quaff a love potion instead. Their tragic ecstasy posits love as the greatest force, transcending life and death. Timothy Myers and the 80-member NC Opera Orchestra present the local premiere of Wagner’s prelude and second act in concert featuring Heidi Melton, who thrilled last season as the Foreign Princess in Rusalka, and Clifton Forbis, who has been lauded worldwide for his Tristan. The cast also includes acclaimed Wagnerian singers Elizabeth Bishop (NCO’s Die Walküre) as Brangäne and the powerful Welsh bass Richard Wiegold as King Marke.
Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh
February 27 & March 1, 2015
If you knew you were dying, would you choose a selfish or virtuous life? Consumptive heroine Violetta Valéry peels back the excruciating layers of that choice in Verdi’s exquisite tragedy set in and around 18th-century Paris. Finding a transporting love in young Alfredo, Violetta disappears into the hedonism of the demimonde to spare him the pain of her death. Torn between her moral nature and her desperate circumstance, Jacqueline Echols, who dazzled last season as Musetta in La bohème, will haunt audiences with “Addio, del passato,” Violetta’s deathbed farewell.
A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh
April 18, 19, 22, 24 & 26, 2015
Masks, marriages, mayhem and murder- Mozart’s hilarious and harrowing retelling of the Don Juan myth grips you from its opening scene. Don Giovanni’s dark charisma and unchecked desire set off a series of failed conquests that add up to a final judgment. The sexy, reckless antihero and raucous score – especially the “Catalog Aria”- compel audiences to take a philosophical side. Is the unrepentant Don an impulsive but forgivable rascal or a libidinous sociopath? In five performances, a cast of rising stars will put their stamp on this ultimate tragicomedy.
Non-Subscription Special Event
Dates and Venue TBA
Many dream about meeting their heroes. A rare few actually get to know them. In his operatic debut, Richmond-based composer D.J. Sparr’s Approaching Ali stunned and delighted Kennedy Center audiences last year in a performance that the Washington Times called “intensely emotional.” Chosen by the Washington National Opera to kick off their American Opera Initiative, Sparr’s work is based upon The Tao of Muhammad Ali, Davis Miller’s autobiographical novel of his relationship with the iconic boxer. Miller co-wrote the libretto with Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Campbell. The exciting young composer’s contemporary score charges this inspiring true story.