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Announcing Upcoming Auditions

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The North Carolina Opera announces house auditions in Carswell Recital Hall at Meredith College. If you wish to be considered for an audition, please submit a current biography and one page resume in MS Word or PDF format to Please DO NOT submit audio or video files with audition request. Audition dates and times:

Sunday, May 9, 7 – 10 pm; Monday, May 10, 7:30 – 10 pm; Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 – 10 pm
Please indicate if you wish to be considered for a certain day/time.

There is a $10 audition fee for all artists and a pianist will be provided, although you may choose to bring your own.  Please do NOT submit the audition fee with your request, the fee will be collected at the audition (please bring cash).

Artists should be prepared with four to six operatic selections demonstrating a variety of styles and languages. Artists wishing to be considered for the Britten must offer an aria in English, preferably from the 20th or 21st century.

NOTE: Auditions for the NCO chorus will be held separately, details will be announced at a later date. In addition, these auditions serve as an open call for artists wishing to be considered for education/outreach opportunities with North Carolina Opera for the 2010/2011 season.

The following roles are open for the 2010-2011 season, and qualified artists from the Triangle and southeast region will be given primary consideration:


Available roles: Spoletta, Sciarrone, Shepherd Boy (soprano, mezzo-soprano, or youth soprano), Jailer

BRITTEN: Turn of the Screw

Available roles: Governess, Peter Quint, Miss Jessel, Mrs. Grose, Flora, Miles, Prologue (tenor)

DONIZETTI: Don Pasquale

Available roles: Notary


Available roles: Wagner, Martha

Written by Darla

April 30, 2010 at 10:01 am

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For the Diva in your life

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May 9 is Mother’s Day – how about tickets to the June concert by the new North Carolina Opera at the new NC Art Museum? Part of the Arts in the Museum Park Concert Series, the new North Carolina Opera company will present Opera, Broadway and Zarzuela on Saturday June 12 at 8 PM.

For its debut this season, the North Carolina Opera offers a magical concert under the stars. Three singing sensations of the world opera stage, a full orchestra under the direction of Timothy Myers, and the art-filled woodland setting of the North Carolina Museum of Art create the perfect summer evening for the Diva in your life. Enjoy your favorite arias, duets, and instrumental selections from operas of Puccini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and others. Kick things up a bit with the Latin passion of well-known Zarzuela songs and rousing hits from America’s Great White Way.

For complete ticket information and to purchase tickets online, visit Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Museum Box Office, or by calling 919.715.5923 or 919.792.3850.

Written by Darla

April 27, 2010 at 5:32 am

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Free download

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I love Opera Chic! She’s so in love with American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky that’s OC is offering a free download/preview of Sondra’s new Verdi All Arias CD coming out later this month on CD. However, I liked it so much I’ve gone ahead and bought it on iTunes.

If you haven’t checked out Opera Chic, now’s the time to do so! Even without a free download, I bet you keep going back.

American soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky

Written by Darla

April 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

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Where in the world is our Maestro Myers?

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It’s like playing Where’s Waldo these days with North Carolina’s Artistic Director, Tim Myers! But we’ve got it on good authority that he’s working the March/April season in South Africa at the SA State Theatre and the Joburg Theatre conducting Opera Africa’s stage production of Puccini’s most popular opera, La Boheme. Here is Maestro Myers enjoying a little down time in South Africa.

Tim Myers, enjoying an offstage presence in South Africa

Written by Darla

April 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

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