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NEW Website is LIVE!

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It’s official!  North Carolina Opera has launched its website — www.ncopera.org!  On the website, you browse all the details of our upcoming 2010-2011 season, read about our various community outreach programs, and even order season ticket subscriptions!  So, be sure to bookmark ncopera.org as it will be continually updated with the latest happenings and going-ons at North Carolina Opera!

Also, check out our new Facebook page!

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August 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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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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Humans may be birdbrains.

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"Quando m'en vo, quando men vo soletta per la via..."

Scientists have cracked the genetic code of a songbird–the little Zebra Finch–for the first time, identifying more than 800 genes linked to song learning.

Baby zebra finches learn to sing in virtually the same way as human babies learn to speak — by copying their mom and dad — which means the tiny bird should serve as a valuable model for understanding human learning and memory. 

“Song learning is an excellent paradigm for all types of learning,” said Chris Ponting, a professor with the Medical Research Council Functional Genomics Unit at University of Oxford, who was involved in the research. “There are experiments that can be done that immediately provide information as to what changes occur in neurons (brain cells) upon the learning of a song. The zebra finch genome provides a tool that allows this exploration,” he told Reuters.

Baby finches, like human infants, start off by “babbling” before the young males learn to imitate their father’s song and eventually pass it on to the next generation. So keep singing Musetta’s Waltz or O mio babbino caro to your little bambinos and pass the great tradition of opera on to the next generation!

Written by Darla

March 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm

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I give. I like to know what they’re saying.

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I love subtitles at operas; I think they’re a great innovation in opera. Does that make me an opera unpurist? Maybe, maybe not. Anyhooo, my opinion holds that it’s the best way to bring more fans into my fav art form. And that can’t be all bad.

But of course, nothing is risk free. For instance, a few years back in a Tosca performance….you might recall the scene in the first act, at the end of the duet between Tosca and Cavaradossi??? The jealous dark eyed Tosca asks her painter boyfriend who is painting a portrait of another woman—who has blue eyes—to paint the eyes black. The translation in the subtitle read: “give her two black eyes”. Mmmmmm. Not exactly Puccini’s intent, I am sure. However, it was pretty funny.

Still, I’m way happier now that there are subtitles at the opera houses. I enjoy the music far more with them than without them. Now, here’s a clip of a Tosca aria that Pavarotti owned–he nails it. So listen, go stream of consciousness and enjoy the music. As well as the subtitles.

Written by Darla

February 23, 2010 at 7:58 am

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All Glammed Up and Rockin’

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Last night was the coming out party for North Carolina Opera—the resulting company of the merger between OCNC and Capital Opera Raleigh. Formal wear was in order for the annual Opera Ball and Raleigh certainly glammed up nicely despite the frigid temperatures! Thanks to all who came out—what a fab party! Here are a few pics.

Written by Darla

February 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

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