Opera Wilmington Upcoming Events
Celebrating Caterina Jarboro: Wilmington’s First Operatic Diva
A Wilmington native who became the first African American woman to play a leading role with an all-white U.S. opera company, will be the focus of Opera Wilmington’s next event.
“Celebrating Caterina Jarboro: Wilmington’s First Operatic Diva” takes place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. The two-day event begins with talks about Jarboro (1898-1986): the Wilmington of her youth, her career in Europe and America, and her trailblazing legacy. It also includes a master class for voice students presented by Jarboro’s distant cousin, Jemeesa Yarborough, and a concert highlighting Jarboro’s repertoire. She specialized in dramatic soprano roles such as Aida in Verdi’s masterpiece of the same name.
Jarboro’s grand-nephew will share memories of his remarkable great aunt and talk about how she overcame obstacles to forge a career in opera, both in Europe and in the U.S.
A schedule of activities and ticket information is here.
Songs from the Silver Screen
On May 6, Opera Wilmington presents “Songs from the Silver Screen,” a tribute to opera arias and other memorable vocal masterpieces used in movie productions. The concert takes place at Cameron Art Museum. Details are forthcoming, so check back soon!
Opera Wilmington’s fifth fully staged opera production, scheduled for July 20, 22, 27 and 29, 2018, is Johann Strauss Jr.’s bubbly operetta Die Fledermaus. The work boasts a popular score, a plot full of twists and turns, and the summer’s biggest party scene! Tickets will go on sale this spring. Stay tuned for details about this production, which will be staged at UNCW’s Mainstage Theater in the Cultural Arts Building.