Opera Carolina joins the world’s finest opera companies with the national broadcast of its 2011 production of Il Trovatore on NPR World of Opera from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 6. Charlotte area listeners will be able to hear the broadcast on WDAV Classical Public Radio (89.9FM) or online at wdav.org. With opera superstars Denyce Graves and Italian tenor Antonello Palombi leading the cast, Opera Carolina’s Il Trovatore earned high marks from the Charlotte Observer: “So, ‘Trovatore’ is almost all about the voices. And Opera Carolina…delivers the goods.”
As the only classical performing arts organization in the southeast to be featured on the acclaimed nationally syndicated program NPR World of Opera, Opera Carolina takes its place among the most prestigious international opera houses, including La Scala, Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Real, the Bolshoi Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Wexford Opera Festival and the Royal Opera Covent Garden. Other U.S. opera companies, which have been featured on the program, include Washington National Opera, Boston Baroque, and Houston Grand Opera.
Opera Carolina’s stellar reputation extends far beyond its Charlotte roots. The company is highly regarded among the national arts community for world-class productions, earning Opera Carolina continued attention from NPR World of Opera. Recent broadcasts include Opera Carolina’s 2006 production of Margaret Garner by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison and composer Richard Danielpour, and last year’s broadcast of Opera Carolina’s Faust.
NPR World of Opera is produced by WDAV Classical Public Radio. The national broadcast of this production of Opera Carolina’s Il Trovatore is made possible by Wells Fargo Private Bank.