Exploring Opera & Beyond: Bohème, Broadway, and Ballet

February 22-23, 2019

Opera Wilmington’s annual symposium, Exploring Opera, offers a multi-disciplinary look at the performing arts. As we did last year with our focus on Wilmington native opera luminary Caterina Jarboro, we’ll provide you with a look at classical song within the African American tradition, but will also go “beyond“: examining dance from an African American perspective, thanks to a fortunate connection with Dance Theatre of Harlem.

The Dance Theatre’s major representative, Theara Ward, gives the symposium’s keynote address and the illustrious company performs Saturday evening, after the conclusion of our symposium.

During the two-day event you’ll also hear from speakers  about Puccini’s La Bohème (Opera Wilmington’s 2019 summer production)  and its Broadway reinterpretation in the hit show Rent.

All sessions and activities are free of charge and open to the public, except where noted as ticketed events.

Friday, February 22

Noon – Welcome & Opening Remarks (Beckwith Recital Hall)

12:05-1:30 p.m. – Caterina Jarboro Memorial Masterclass: Joshua Conyers (Beckwith Recital Hall)

The Caterina Jarboro Memorial Masterclass is open to undergraduate- and graduate-level singers of color either residing or studying in North Carolina. The masterclass provides opportunities for young singers of color to work with baritone Joshua Conyers, our distinguished guest artist.

The award for the Caterina Jarboro Memorial Masterclass Outstanding Performer ($500, and an opportunity to perform in a future OW production) will be presented at the beginning of the Guest Artist Concert.

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Coffee & Conversation with Conyers and masterclass participants (Grand Lobby, Cultural Arts Building)

7 p.m. – Snipes Academy Chorus pre-concert performance (Beckwith Recital Hall)

*7:30 p.m. – Joshua Conyers in Concert (Beckwith Recital Hall) Presentation of Award for Caterina Jarboro Memorial Masterclass Outstanding Performer. Tickets here.

Saturday, February 23

9:30 – 10 a.m. – Coffee & Conversation (Grand Lobby, Cultural Arts Building)

10-11 a.m. – Session 1: La Bohème (Beckwith Recital Hall)

  • Kunio Hara (School of Music, University of South Carolina) “Nostalgia in Bohème”
  • J. Daniel Jenkins (School of Music, University of South Carolina) “Rent” 

11-11:30 a.m. – Bohème Break (Grand Lobby, Cultural Arts Building)

  • La Bohème costume and set concept presentations
  • Student poster presentations

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Session 2: Opera, Ballet, and Civil Rights Activism (Beckwith Recital Hall)

  • Lucy Caplan (Yale University), “The Limits of Desegregation: Black Activism and the Metropolitan Opera”
  • Helena Kopchick Spencer (University of North Carolina Wilmington) on Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Creole Giselle

1-2 p.m. – Lunch (provided)

2-3 p.m. – Keynote Address (Beckwith Recital Hall)

  • Theara Ward (Dance Theatre of Harlem) “Dance Theatre of Harlem in the context of the Civil Rights Movement”

3-4 p.m. – Closing Dessert Reception featuring a performance by the UNCW Opera Outreach Project

* 7:30 p.m. – UNCW Presents: Dance Theatre of Harlem (Kenan Auditorium). Tickets here.

* ticket purchase required

Here's this week's Opera IQ question:

On what work was La Bohème based?
  1. La Vie en Rose
  2. Rent
  3. Scènes de la vie de bohème

Click here to find the answer!



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