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Opera Carolina raises the curtain on 2021-22 production lineup
In-person shows return to the lineup
Published Monday, April 26, 2021 7:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

"I Dream" is among the productions scheduled for Opera Carolina's 2021-22 season, which will include in-person performances.

The curtain will rise for Opera Carolina in the fall.

Opera Carolina announced its 2021-22 season, which includes Douglas Tappin’s “I Dream,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” the Charlotte premiere of Zach Redler’s “The Falling and the Rising” and Verdi’s “Aida.”

Opera Carolina has been confined to virtual performances, an outdoor benefit concert last October and smaller, physically distanced performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, North Carolina’s continued easing of restrictions signals the return of in-person performances at venues like Belk Theater. Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme” in January 2020 at Belk Theater was Opera Carolina’s last performance before the pandemic lowered the curtain on life before physical distancing.

“The world has changed in the past year, but what hasn’t changed is the need and the power of connection, and there is no greater connection than music,” Opera Carolina artistic director James Meena said in a statement. “With this new season, we are back and ready to connect with our audiences on deeper levels. As we prepare to bring back live performances, the safety and the trust of our patrons, our team, and our artists are the most important consideration. We will have options for socially distanced performances in the Belk Theater, as well as access to streaming performances through our recently launched Virtual Opera House platform.”

Take a closer look at the 2021-22 lineup:

“I Dream” kicks off the season on Sept. 16, 18 and 19 at Belk Theater. Tappin’s rhythm and blues opera chronicling the final hours of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life premiered in Charlotte in 2018 at Knight Theater. It met with immediate success and was scheduled to close out the 2019-20 season.

Pandemic precautions pushed it to January 2021 then April and now September. While the upcoming production remains true to the spirit of the original, expect to see a few changes.

“Don Giovanni” runs Feb. 3, 4 and 6 at Belk Theater. It follows the story of murderer Don Juan, with new sets and costumes.

Redler’s “The Falling and the Rising” makes its Charlotte premier March 11-12, 2022 at Queens University of Charlotte’s Sarah Belk Gambrell Arts Center. Tickets to “The Falling and the Rising” is not included in Opera Carolina’s season ticket package as it is deemed an extra show. “The Falling and the Rising” is a single-act opera that tells the story of an unnamed female soldier who is severely wounded by an improvised explosive device and lies in a coma.

Verdi’s “Aida” concludes the season April 3,7 and 9 at Belk Theater. Aida is an Ethiopian princess forced to serve as handmaiden to Egyptian princess Amneris. Radames is an Egyptian war hero. Verdi weaves a tragic love triangle between them where Aida finds herself torn between Radames and country.


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