Operas offer riveting plots, ornate costumes and sets, and excellent background music for finally hunting down that wascally wabbit. Leave the shotgun at home and take some of those funny binoculars to the park with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a general-admission ticket (a $20 value) to Opera About Town: Opera, Broadway, and Zarzuela in the Museum Park on Saturday, June 12, at 8 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the newly formed North Carolina Opera, in their first public appearance before their season begins in October, and by the North Carolina Museum of Art, as part of the Arts in the Museum Park Concert Series.
The North Carolina Opera's debut concert encompasses classic selections of arias, duets, and instrumentals from Puccini, Verdi, and Tchaikovsky, as well as other composers, along with a splash of contemporary sound-seasonings: well-known zarzuela hits and some rousing numbers from Broadway's Great White Way. Operatic numbers feature Sandra Lopez, soprano; Nelson Martinez, baritone; and Todd Robinson, bass. The full orchestra is conducted by artistic director and conductor Timothy Myers, who leads the starlit aural frolicking with grace, style, and Teddy Roosevelt's proverbial big stick. Broadway fans and opera aficionados will be surprised at how recognizable many of their alter egos' favorites are, and all-genre music junkies can get three kinds of fix at the same time. The program is dynamic, with all three styles of orchestral expression mixed together, eliminating auditory ruts and avoiding the unpleasantness of groove recalibration.
Opera About Town: Opera, Broadway, and Zarzuela in the Museum Park's evening starting time guarantees a cool, starlit experience (Mother Nature permitting, of course; although general-admission tickets include some seating inside the open-air amphitheater, most are on the lawn, so be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket for an optimal opera experience). Arrive early to get a daytime glimpse of Museum Park's 164 acres of fields, woodlands, and creeks before slipping into the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater and switching your main culture assimilators from visual to audio input. There's no need to deck yourself in black-tie attire for this casual opera, though the trees do appreciate it when you make the extra effort.
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