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Opera Wilmington is preparing for its next big production by keeping the talent busy with a few intimate performances. This Sunday, October 1, a dozen singers will gather to present a night of Italian food, wine, and music: A Night in Italy.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm at Osteria Cicchetti in Monkey Junction.  

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This summer, Opera Wilmington presents Carmen, the masterpiece by Georges Bizet. It's a tragedy, but a lively and often comic one, with the gypsy Carmen at the center. Australian musicologist Sally Macarthur says Carmen has been called every name in the book, from a seductress to a victim-some say she's a feminist. Opera Wilmington's Artistic Director Nancy King goes with the latter.

Join us at Noon on Friday, July 7 at WHQR. Our special guests this month are singers/musicians from Opera Wilmington. We're not sure exactly what we'll hear, but we know we'll get a sneak peek from the group's upcoming production of Carmen-and we know it will be the best way to spend your lunch. Speaking of lunch, feel free to bring yours. We'll have some sweets and tea as well. 

Opera Wilmington just announced its summer production for this year: Georges Bizet's Carmen. But before that happens, Opera Wilmington presents a Valentine performance called Spark & Fire: Love in Words and Music. The concert is this Sunday, February 12 at 4:00pm at Beckwith Recital Hall. There are over a dozen singers performing a wide variety of music at this concert with champagne and a sweet treat at intermission. Artistic Director (and soprano) Nancy King and baritone Carl Samet joined us; listen above. Near the end of interview, hear Carl sing a few lines from his favorite country tune.

Opera Wilmington held its first dress rehearsal of Mozart's comedy, Cosi fan tutte ("Women are like that"), this past weekend. The show opens this Wednesday. Director Frank Trimble took a moment to talk to us about the show and why many folks unfamiliar with the genre might really enjoy it. The language of the show is Italian, but much like Shakespeare, reading a summary of the plot is extremely helpful in enjoying the show.

Verdi's RIGOLETTO by Opera Wilmington

Jul 17, 2015
Erik Maasch

Opera Wilmington premiered last summer with The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar; this summer, they present their second production Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.   Artistic Director Nancy King and young baritone Joshua Conyers joined us to talk about the production. 

On Saturday, July 18, a free "Behind the Scenes" tour is open to the public at UNCW's Cultural Arts Building.  The show opens on Friday, July 24. 

Opera Wilmington Sings Broadway

May 1, 2015

Opera Wilmington has crafted a Mother's Day Brunch that features the top vocal talents in our area.   Opera Wilmington Sings Broadway is a showcase for Golden Age show tunes from Show Boat, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, just to name a few.  Phil Furia from WHQR's Great American Songbook is the

well-versed musical genius emceeing the event.

Friday Feedback for August 1, 2014

Aug 1, 2014

Wendy & Jerry Fingerhut are Executive Director and Treasurer respectively of Opera Wilmington. They wrote to Gina Gambony following a report and interview last week:

Thank you SO MUCH, Gina, for this wonderful interview and exposure for our new opera company, Opera Wilmington, showcasing the fabulous homegrown and local talent.

And Artistic Director Nancy King of UNCW wrote: