Our holiday gift to you: Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors

Opera Wilmington is starting a new tradition with a traditional favorite!

We’ll present our first winter production, Gian Carlo Menotti’s short opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, January 13, 2019. This written-for-television work is tailor made for the post-Christmas season, since it tells the story of a chance encounter as the three wise men stop at a peasant’s dwelling on their way to find the baby Jesus. Music, mischief and miracles ensue.

This light hearted but moving short opera is perfect for families. It features a talented cast along with the Wilmington Boys Choir and the UNCW Chamber Choir.

The performance is at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Joshua Conyers in Concert

You loved him as Rigoletto in Opera Wilmington’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece in 2015! Now see baritone Joshua Conyers on the stage of Beckwith Recital Hall at UNCW, as part of Opera Wilmington’s Exploring Opera Symposium Feb. 22, 2019. Conyers is currently a member of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information will be announced soon.

Bienvenue au Cabaret!

Come to the cabaret, old chum (or perhaps, “vieux copain”). Two of your favorites from our July 2018 production of Die Fledermaus, Shannon Kessler Dooley and John Dooley, will present a program of French cabaret music at a house concert May 5, 2019.

La Bohème

Our season culminates with what we know will be a fabulous production of Puccini’s masterpiece of love and loss. At our fundraiser kickoff event Oct. 28, we introduced (to great applause!!) three of our leads: tenor Jonathan Kaufman as Rodolfo, soprano Jemeesa Yarborough as Mimi, and soprano Mary Claire Curran as Musetta. We are proud to announce other ast members William Lee Bryan (baritone) who will sing the role of Marcello. You loved Bryan as Guglielmo in Opera Wilmington’s 2016 production of Così fan tutte, so make a date to see him again! Rounding out the main cast are baritone Scott Ballantine as Schaunard and perennial favorite Carl Samet as Colline.

The production takes place July 19, 21, 26 and 28, 2019 in UNCW’s Mainstage Theatre.

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