North Carolina Opera presents: "Approaching Ali"

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One-act, family-friendly opera explores Ali’s life and legacy to a score of Americana-influenced music

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  • $15 for one ticket to North Carolina Opera presents: Approaching Ali (up to $33.71 value)
  • When: Saturday, January 31, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Enloe Magnet High School
  • Seating: general admission
  • Door time: 5 p.m.
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

Approaching Ali

To the public, he’s Muhammad Ali. To his parents, he was Cassius Clay. And to the world at large, he’s simply The Greatest. Not just a professional boxer, but a galvanizing political and social figure as well, Ali’s cultural and athletic legacy continues to be written. 

This larger-than-life figure is the subject of Approaching Ali. In this one-act opera, composer D.J. Sparr—whose name means he’s required by law to write about boxing—adapts “non-fiction novel” The Tao of Muhammad Ali into a gripping theatrical narrative. The book is author Davis Miller’s autobiographical, partly embellished account of his friendship with Ali, whom he’d idolized as a child. Miller himself co-wrote the libretto of Approaching Ali, along with Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Campbell.

It’s a narrative that begins simply enough: Miller’s character, in search of an autograph from Muhammad Ali, shows up at the house of his hero’s mother, Odessa. She invites him in for dinner, and as she and Ali himself reminisce, the present blurs with the past to tell a story of family, fame, and perseverance, scored by percussive music and blues-tinted melodies.

North Carolina Opera

Opera is an art form with a grand tradition, but that doesn't mean it can't be accessible. Enter North Carolina Opera—from stage left, singing—a company that makes its mission sharing this unique art form with everyone. Its skilled performers travel to audiences across the Triangle, staging productions in both full-sized theaters and intimate school auditoriums. The opera's repertoire is just as wide-ranging; seasons have included favorites such as La Boheme and Cosi Fan Tutte, as well as lesser-known gems like Rusalka and contemporary works by Philip Glass and John Supko. Lavish costumes and sets further entice onlookers to escape into North Carolina Opera's fantastical worlds.

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    Enloe Magnet High School

    128 Clarendon Crescent

    Raleigh, NC 27610

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