Opera Wilmington presents . . . a sneak preview of our 2018-2019 season, which includes La Bohème next July and our first winter opera production in January! To learn what’s coming up, and to meet and hear from our wonderful Rodolfo and Mimì, join us Oct. 28 from 4-6 p.m. at Soif de Vin wine bar for a fundraiser, Autumn Afternoon in Paris. Click here for details.
Opera Wilmington announces its 2019 summer production – La Bohème, Puccini’s beloved tale of young love among poor artists in mid-1800s Paris, will be Opera Wilmington’s selection for July 2019. Auditions take place in early September, with the cast announcement coming at a special wine tasting event Sept. 16. Stay tuned!
Philip Stine joins the board of Opera Wilmington – At its May 14 meeting, the board of Opera Wilmington voted to add Philip Stine, community leader and longtime opera aficionado, to the board. Phil responded by writing a blog post for the website, which you can read here.
Second annual Opera Camp! – With one extremely successful camp experience under its belt, Opera Wilmington announces the dates and format of its second foray. This year, we’ll hold a one-week, all-day event for rising 6th-9th graders (some wiggle room available on ages) from Monday-Friday, June 25-29 and a half-day performance on Saturday, June 30.
Enroll your stage-struck youngster now! Details at
Board elections – At its annual meeting April 9, the Opera Wilmington Board of Directors elected two members. Paul Albritton was elected to serve a second term of three years. Lynne Herndon was elected to her first three-year term.
New officers of the board are Paul Albritton, treasurer; Mary Tyndall, secretary; Dan Kopchick, vice president; and Jenny Callison, president. Each was elected to a one-year term.
Dr. Jerome Nolan, an original member of the Opera Wilmington board, retired from the board as of April 9.
Summer production reveal – At a donor recognition brunch Jan. 6, Opera Wilmington unveiled its selected opera for the summer of 2018: Johann Strauss Jr.’s popular operetta Die Fledermaus. This bubbly comic work was composed in 1874 and has remained a favorite part of the operatic repertoire since then.
Opera Wilmington’s production will be performed July 20, 22, 27 and 29 in the Mainstage Theater in UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building. It features tenor Josh Collier, soprano Shannon Kessler Dooley, baritone John Dooley, soprano Michelle Lerch, tenor Melvin Ezzell and mezzo-soprano Cera Finney.
A gala precedes the opening performance; Opera Wilmington’s popular beer and food truck night will also return.
Tickets will go on sale in April online and through UNCW’s Kenan Box Office. Check back for details as they become available!