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Archive for November 2009

Verdi Was A Goth

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"We Cry, We Suffer, We Die." Mmmmm. Death-rock goth indeed.



Looking to attract the slasher-movie goer to its 2010 season, Teatro Alla Scala–one of the world’s most famous opera houses–rebrands to target a new, younger generation. And the message from Milan is that the youthful, sassy rebranding is working.

“This campaign challenges the idea that opera is difficult, boring, old and not for mere mortals, especially poor ones,” said Donatella Brunazzi, the brain behind the new strategy.

The rebranding has all proved too much for traditionalists such as Italo-French director Denis Krief. “You don’t sell opera like a pair of jeans,” he said. Oh, Mr Krief, don’t be sooooo yesterday.

Watch this video ad for “LaScalaUNDER30”, a project by the Teatro dedicated to under 30s. Death-rock goth indeed.

Written by Darla

November 19, 2009 at 8:47 am

Posted in Opera News

Turandot, Nessum Dorma and The Great Pavarotti

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Pavarotti singing Nessum Dorma (‘None Shall Sleep’ from Puccini’s opera Turandot) has got to be one of the best tenors singing one of the best known tenor arias in all opera. Just listen.

That man could hit the Cs! There is no tenor on the international stage right now who even comes close to matching his unbelievable singing. The musicality, expression, ease on high C (which he does not ‘hit’ by the way, but sings!) and his glorious sound with all those overtones have never been equaled.

Turandot is playing here in Raleigh as part of the Met’s Live in HD broadcasts. Catch it locally at North Hills Theatre on Wednesday evening, November 18.

Written by Darla

November 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Posted in Opera Video

Not One Extra Note

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Rigoletto…it’s the perfect opera for opera newbies. It’s easy to get Rigoletto. It has all the elements of great opera: amazing music; a compelling edge-of-seat story; great roles for soprano, mezzo-sops, tenors, baritone, bass and a chorus; cool sets and costumes. And not one extra note.

Opera in the Triangle finished strong in 2009 with Verdi’s Rigoletto performed in October by the Opera Company of North Carolina. Music lovers and opera aficionados had no trouble dubbing it a masterpiece. Read one review here.

Written by Darla

November 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm

What Kind of Opera Lover Are You?

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Written by Darla

November 17, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Posted in Take Our Poll!

Life is an Opera.

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Life is an opera. We break out in song at any given moment.

Written by Darla

November 17, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Posted in Quote

Share the Passion

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Share the Passion!

NC Opera is the destination for Opera Lovers everywhere in the Triangle and North Carolina. Whether you are just starting to discover opera, are an enthusiastic opera goer, or are a connoisseur who’s been passionate about opera for a long time, we want you to be a part of our community.


NC Opera will provide everything from reviews and opinions, interviews, information, news and event listings, and community features. You’ll also find opera discussions and music & video clips. You’ll hear from opera experts in regular podcasts as we play a selection of great music and host interesting interviews.

Written by Darla

November 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Posted in About NCOpera

Who We Are…and Welcome to NC Opera!

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Who We Are

Although Triangle-area opera—like many arts organizations nationally—has had its ups and downs over the past year, it’s always maintained a solid fan base of opera goers eager to take in a show. Balancing such classics as Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto and The Marriage of Figaro over the years has kept the crowds coming.

And in addition, keeping people interested in a 16th century art form is a particular challenge in today’s fast-paced multi-media world.

So we have to keep on our toes…and keep ahead of what’s happening and know how to reach people and get them to understand the value and pleasure opera can bring.

On this basis, two outstanding local opera groups—the Opera Company of North Carolina and Capital Opera—will soon combine to bring the best of this wonderful, many-faceted art form we call opera to North Carolina.

While we work on the 2010 schedule and the administrative (and internet) bits of bringing these two organizations together, this blog—NC Opera—will keep you up to date on events and news about opera, the new opera organization, performances, fundraisers and more. We look forward to contributing to this blog, and also enhancing our own knowledge and love of opera. We also want to hear from fellow opera lovers around the Triangle and beyond. Let’s all make NC Opera the place for us to share our love of this amazing art form.

So stay tuned as we combine and grow opera-strong in 2010!

Written by Darla

November 17, 2009 at 8:04 am

Posted in About NCOpera, News