What they’re saying . . .
Audiences loved our production of Die Fledermaus, and so did the critics! Here are two excerpts:
” . . . I am not as conversant in operatic repertoire as Nancy King, artistic director of Opera Wilmington. However, I am an eager and enthusiastic novice—and for me this evening was delightful. Or as one patron commented repeatedly in the lobby: ‘So much fun!’
“There are many people who are intimidated by live opera, but don’t be. Go see Die Fledermaus for a fun, approachable, enjoyable experience.” Gwenyfar Rohler, Encore Magazine.
“Opera Wilmington is solidifying its position as one of the Port City’s most successful performing groups. It is now formally affiliated with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and this year’s series of four performances is a centerpiece of UNCW’s expanded Lumina Festival.
“The opera for this year is Die Fledermaus (The Bat), the waltz and polka-filled operetta by Johann Strauss, Jr. It may be Opera Wilmington’s best production yet . . . The cast was consistently strong.”
View Past Productions at Opera Wilmington
In Summer 2014, the company’s sold-out debut production, Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, garnered rave reviews and an outpouring of community enthusiasm.
This success was followed by acclaimed productions of Verdi’s Rigoletto in Summer 2015 (declared “a triumph” by The Star News)
and Mozart’s Così fan tutte in Summer 2016. Following a preview performance of Così fan tutte, statewide arts journal Classical Voice of North Carolina noted: “Opera Wilmington is making a great contribution to the region in presenting live opera of high artistic quality. It is a testament to the many people supporting this mission – and to the growing, developing Wilmington public – that it is succeeding splendidly.”
Opera Wilmington continued its record of artistic excellence and uncompromising production value with its much-anticipated Summer 2017 production of Bizet’s Carmen, the most beloved masterpiece of the entire operatic repertoire.