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    by Published on September 21st, 2017 02:07 PM

    Our beloved company Piedmont Opera will present in Winston-Salem, NC, the extraordinary American contemporary opera Silent Night, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, with music by Kevin Puts and libretto by Mark Campbell.

    The performances are scheduled for Friday October 27 at 8 PM, Sunday October 29 at 2 PM, and Tuesday October 31 at 7:30 PM, at the Stevens Center. Tickets ($20 to $98) can be found by clicking [here] (after you click, scroll down to find the links to the three dates).

    We are aware that many in our community are not deeply in love with contemporary opera. Well, they shouldn't be any less excited about Silent Night than about any of the beloved works of the standard repertory.

    Unlike many other contemporary operas, Silent Night has had enormous success everywhere it's been shown with many sold-out performances in the United States (Saint Paul, Philadelphia, San Jose, Atlanta, Kansas City, Detroit, and Cincinnati) and abroad (Calgary and Montreal, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; and Wexford, Ireland). It is melodious, very theatrical, poignant, and just darn beautiful.

    Its source material is the excellent Oscar-nominated 2005 movie Joyeux Noël (or Merry Christmas, which will be shown in Winston-Salem at the a/perture cinema on October 22 at 3 PM - tickets [here]) depicting a real-life episode of World War I in December 1914, when an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allowed soldiers from opposing sides to gain insight into each other’s way of life.
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    by Published on September 12th, 2017 02:51 AM



    The Triangle Wagner Society (TWS) in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill (the Triangle area in North Carolina, USA) has two exciting September 2017 events. They’ve had an enthusiastic response but they still have additional room. If you haven’t already done so, please reserve your spot at both events by contacting Margie Satinsky at margiesatinsky@icloud.com or 919 383-5998.

    Friday, September 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Tenor Jay Hunter Morris, who has sung in many operas by Wagner and who will appear in the NC Opera production of Cold Mountain, will join the TWS for an informal program at a private home in Chapel Hill. He’ll talk about “What It’s Like to Sing a Six Hour Opera” followed by Q & A. The event is free and open to members only (click [here] to become a member) . The specific address and driving directions will be provided to all those who are coming.



    Jay's career highlights include performances at major opera houses around the world. In 2013 he won a Grammy for his portrayal of Siegfried at the Metropolitan Opera, performed his first Tristan in Valencia with Zubin Mehta and appeared in the Gurrelieder in Vienna with Kent Nagano. He was seen on PBS in the role of Captain Ahab in the San Francisco Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick. Other recent appearances include the role of Teague in Cold Mountain in Santa Fe and Philadelphia, Tristan in Warsaw and Beijing, Siegfried in Budapest and Houston and Ahab in LA and Dallas. He will perform Siegfried in a new production in Helsinki with Esa Pekka Salonen. In 2013 Jay’s book Diary of a Redneck Opera Zinger was published by Opera Lively Press (buy it by clicking here).

    Jay as Siegfried (photo credit Ken Howard):



    Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Bryan Gilliam, PhD, Professor of Music and Germanic Languages and Bass Fellow at Duke University will be Triangle Wagner Society's guest for a lecture on “The Influence of Wagner on Strauss”. Thanks to the hospitality of TWS member Nancy von Hoenacker, the event will be held at SearStone, 17001 Searstone Drive, Cary, NC 27513 (Winston Clubhouse Ballroom). The event is free for members and $15/person for those who wish to come as a guest.

    Dr. Gilliam was the TWS’s first guest speaker in 2016 and the Society is delighted to welcome him back. Dr. Gilliam is an internationally recognized expert on Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss who speaks regularly in both Salzburg and Bayreuth. He’s written extensively on late 19th and early 20th century German music including Rounding Wagner’s Mountain: Richard Strauss and Modern German Opera (2014).

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    NC Opera has two upcoming performances of Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain, Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium (UNC Chapel Hill campus, North Carolina). Jay Hunter Morris will be singing the role of Teague. Visit www.ncopera.org for tickets which are selling out fast but are still available, starting at $25.

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    At Opera Lively, we are happy to support the Triangle Wagner Society. Join it for the annual dues of $100, by visiting www.trianglewagnersociety.com - this is a good occasion to join, to have access to Jay's members only talk.

    The Society depends on annual dues and donations to support their growth. Please consider making a donation today. Additional information is available at the web site above (they accept credit card payments through PayPal). If you have questions, contact Jane Lynch, Secretary/Interim Treasurer, at janilu@mindspring.com or call (919) 383-5998.
    by Published on April 16th, 2017 11:38 PM
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    Our excellent partners Opera Carolina will be showing a Puccini opera that is rarely staged around here: La Fanciulla del West.

    This opera that is notable for its exquisite written-through score and was Puccini's own favorite is inaugurating an important step for Opera Carolina: its first international cooperation, with the Teatro di Giglio in Puccini’s hometown of Lucca, Italy, the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, and the New York City Opera.

    Charlotte will have the privilege of counting on world-class major star Marcello Giordani in the leading male role, and acclaimed Italian stage director Ivan Stefanutti. Sets and digital projections were built by Opera Carolina. New costumes are by Atelier Nicolao, Venice, Italy. Maestro Meena conducts.
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    by Published on December 15th, 2016 12:22 AM
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    Our esteemed partner company Opera Carolina is continuing its season, and after the success ...
    by Published on October 6th, 2016 12:47 AM
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    It's that time of the year again: our beloved Opera Carolina is restarting its season, and it is with a crowd favorite: The Barber of Seville. Opera Lively will be attending the opening night and publishing a review as usual, and is doing brief exclusive 6-question interviews with the trio of principal singers: Hyung Yun as Figaro (it's our first time talking with him but not the first one we see this excellent baritone on stage), our good friend Victor Ryan Robertson as Count Almaviva (this is our third interview with him), and the excellent Kathryn Lewek as Rosina (who granted us a great interview when she sang Lucia in Charlotte).
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    by Published on March 15th, 2016 11:20 AM
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    Opera Lively is starting the coverage for our partner Opera Carolina's double bill of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Rachmaninoff's Aleko, which is having its US professional premiere by a major company. Escaping the usual Cav-Pag, it is indeed an excellent idea to pair these two operas with similar storylines and even some musical moments that appear to cross-reference each other (which is certainly coincidental because they were composed simultaneously, miles apart).

    The show will run three times at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in downtown Charlotte, NC, on Sunday April 10 at 2 PM, Thursday April 14 at 7:30 PM, and Saturday April 16 at 8 PM. Tickets ranging from $19 to $150 can be purchased by clicking [here].
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    by Published on March 20th, 2016 04:30 AM
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    Opera Lively is continuing the coverage for our partner Opera Carolina's double bill of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Rachmaninoff's Aleko, which is having its US professional premiere by a major company. Escaping the usual Cav-Pag, it is indeed an excellent idea to pair these two operas with similar storylines and even some musical moments that appear to cross-reference each other (which is certainly coincidental because they were composed simultaneously, miles apart).
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    by Published on March 20th, 2016 07:50 AM
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    Opera Lively is continuing the coverage for our partner Opera Carolina's double bill of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Rachmaninoff's Aleko, which is having its US professional premiere by a major company. Escaping the usual Cav-Pag, it is indeed an excellent idea to pair these two operas with similar storylines and even some musical moments that appear to cross-reference each other (which is certainly coincidental because they were composed simultaneously, miles apart).

    The show will run three times at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in downtown Charlotte, NC, on Sunday April 10 at 2 PM, Thursday April 14 at 7:30 PM, and Saturday April 16 at 8 PM. Tickets ranging from $19 to $150 can be purchased by clicking [here].
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    by Published on January 22nd, 2016 12:44 PM
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    This is Opera Lively's exclusive interview # 190, with coloratura soprano Marie-Eve Munger who will be singing Juliette for Opera Carolina in their upcoming January 2016 production of Gounod's opera Roméo et Juliette. The work will be presented fully staged (sung in French, with English supertitles) on Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM, Thursday January 28th at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, January 30th at 8 PM, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Blumenthal Performance Arts Center. Click [here] for tickets, which range from $19 to $150.
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    by Published on January 13th, 2016 12:24 AM
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    This is Opera Lively's exclusive interview # 189, with lyric tenor Jonathan Boyd who will be singing Roméo for Opera Carolina in their upcoming January 2016 production of Gounod's opera Roméo et Juliette. The work will be presented fully staged (sung in French, with English supertitles) on Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM, Thursday January 28th at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, January 30th at 8 PM, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Blumenthal Performance Arts Center. Click [here] for tickets, which range from $19 to $150.



    As usual Opera Lively will cover the event, but unfortunately we can't be there for the opening night. We will attend the last show and publish a review. In the meantime, we will interview the two principal singers, in an upcoming piece with French-Canadian coloratura soprano Marie-Eve Munger, and in the piece below, with American lyric tenor Jonathan Boyd (the latter, known to the Charlotte public for his excellent rendition of Alfredo in La Traviata in the 2011 season). Both are exceptional artists with prolific international careers in several European countries and elsewhere, in addition to several domestic appearances, so this production is looking like another winner for Opera Carolina.
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    by Published on January 10th, 2016 08:03 PM
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    Our partner company, the excellent Opera Carolina, will be presenting Gounod's Roméo et ...
    by Published on October 16th, 2015 09:59 PM
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    Dear readers, this is to remind everybody who is at driving distance from Charlotte, North Carolina, that the excellent company Opera Carolina is opening this weekend their new production of Beethoven's thrilling masterpiece Fidelio. It is not every day that we see such a compelling work done by a regional company, so it is definitely worth the trip!

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    by Published on October 1st, 2015 02:20 AM
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    Our partners at Piedmont Opera are presenting Verdi's Rigoletto on October 23, 25, and 27, 2015, in Winston-Salem, NC, featuring international star René Barbera and other great singers. Opera Lively is covering the event, and in this article you will find brief (but very informative and insightful) exclusive interviews with the talented cast.
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    by Published on September 19th, 2015 12:15 AM
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    Opera Lively is starting the coverage of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio by our partners at Opera Carolina in Charlotte. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each, hopefully with singers in all five principal roles, will be published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering the first one, with Andrew Funk in the role of Rocco.
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    by Published on September 24th, 2015 10:13 PM
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    Opera Lively is covering Beethoven's only opera Fidelio by our partners at Opera Carolina in Charlotte. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each, hopefully with singers in all five principal roles, will be published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering the second one, with Maria Katzarava in the role of Leonore.
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    by Published on September 26th, 2015 08:45 PM
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    Opera Lively is covering Beethoven's only opera Fidelio by our partners at Opera Carolina in Charlotte. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each, hopefully with singers in all five principal roles, will be published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering the third one, with Xu Lei in the role of Marzelline.
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    by Published on September 27th, 2015 05:23 AM
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    Opera Lively is covering Beethoven's only opera Fidelio by our partners at Opera Carolina in Charlotte. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each, hopefully with singers in all five principal roles, will be published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering the fourth one, with Andrew Richards in the role of Florestan.
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    by Published on September 28th, 2015 11:21 AM
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    This is the fifth and last interview we did for our partners Opera Carolina's production of Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each with singers in all five principal roles, was published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering Kyle Pfortmiller's answers, in the role of Pizarro.
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    by Published on September 11th, 2015 01:52 AM
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    Third Annual Art • Poetry • Music opens Opera Carolina’s 2015/16 season
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    by Published on August 15th, 2015 07:29 PM

    Here is the operatic calendar for the state of North Carolina, USA, for the 2015-2016 season. Some of the events haven't been fully announced yet, so, keep checking this calendar or the organizations' websites for updates. This season, the Carolina Performing Arts series at UNC-Memorial Hall has no operatic events, unlike other seasons. At press time there was no announcement yet for Greensboro Light Opera and Song, and UNC-Greensboro Opera. As usual the Brevard Festival is announced later in the season. All major professional companies have their complete seasons already listed below. For tickets and links to the various organizations for more information, scroll down to the end of this article.
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