Little more than a month before Opera Carolina’s season officially opens, “Art to Poetry to Music” a multi-disciplinary fusion of music, visual art and spoken word, will be presented in Uptown Charlotte. The event will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2103. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Knight Theatre, followed by the 7:30 p.m. performance.
Maestro James Meena will conduct the Charlotte Symphony and the Women of the Opera Chorus. A roster of distinguished divas and divos, all of whom have participated in Opera Carolina productions, will include:
- Othalie Graham, soprano
- Jill Gardner, soprano
- Sharon Neff, soprano
- Victoria Livengood, mezzo soprano
- Justin Lavender, tenor
- Victor Ryan Robertson, tenor
- Hyung Yun, baritone
- Sun Yu, bass, and
- Andrew Gangestad, bass.
Othalie Graham, of Canadian and Jamaican heritage, and Sun Yu, a celebrity in China who has appeared to international acclaim, will have major roles in the 2013 season premier of “Aida.” This spectacular grand opera about love and war in ancient Egypt opens the Opera Carolina season on October 19, 2013.
The "Art to Poetry to Music" program will include an interesting mix of arias from European composers Wagner, Verdi and Puccini as well as traditional Chinese and Mongolian vocal music.
A demonstration of Chinese calligraphy, an art form more than 5,000 years old, will be featured with Xue'er Ding, Guzheng and Dr. Hong Zhao, Master Calligrapher and Philologist.
Co-sponsors include the Confucius Institute of Pfeiffer University, the Asian Herald, Tides & Times Group USA, the Foundation for the Carolinas Community Catalyst Fund and Bernardin’s Restaurant.
Visit the Opera Carolina website for ticket information.