“Robinson rocks this famous aria. Her incandescent and flexible voice reaches down deep into the song and then soars with it to the moon.” The Winston-Salem Journal

“Ted Federle was great as Papageno. This is the third time I’ve seen him live and he never disappoints, with secure pitch control in all dynamics.” Opera Lively

“Ashraf Sewailam brought gravitas and grandeur to the role of the mysterious Sarastro who rules an enlightened land but has stolen Pamina away from her mother, the Queen of the Night. His bass voice was rich and compelling, his dignity nonpareil.” The Winston-Salem Journal

“From Pamina’s (Annamarie Zmolek)  first entrance she captured my heart with the purity and beauty of her voice and the ease and accuracy with which she sang her first act duet on the powers of love with Papageno. It was simply splendid. Her second act aria (“Ach, ich fühls, es ist…”) was the musical highlight of my evening. This is a voice to keep track of!” Classical Voice of North Carolina

“Tamino by Dominic Armstrong was a thing of beauty. Together with Annemarie Zmolek, I believe that Dominic provided the best singing of the evening, with a pleasant timbre that was helped by passionate phrasing and excellent projection. A+.” Opera Lively

“Brittany Robinson stopped the show with her spectacular singing and believable acting in the aria, wherein she tries to persuade her daughter, the beautiful Pamina, to kill Sarastro.” Classical Voice of North Carolina

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2014 - 2015 Season

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2014-15 Season

The Met HD Live performance of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana /Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci – New Production @ The Hanesbrands Theatre | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the[...]
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The 24th Annual Magnolia Ball @ Forsyth Country Club | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
Piedmont Opera’s largest and most exciting fundraiser of the year kicks off with cocktails, silent and live auction, entertainment, dinner and dancing! Looking for a great way to get your company involved in the arts?[...]
Verdi's Rigoletto (Single tickets on Sale) @ The Stevens Center of the UNCSA
Considered one of Verdi’s breakthrough operas, Rigoletto stunned composers including Franz Liszt with its brilliance. But be warned: Behind the musical dazzle is a drama of political and sexual corruption so shocking that Victor Hugo’s[...]
Aug 11 @ 3:10 pm – Aug 16 @ 4:10 pm
Travel to Santa Fe with Nick Bragg
New price! The inclusive trip (which includes airfare to and from) is $3650. If you want to use your own airfare points, the cost of the trip drops to $2950.   We have added the[...]
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm
Verdi's Rigoletto @ The Stevens Center of the UNCSA | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
October 23rd at 8:00 PM October 25th at 2:00 PM October 27th at 7:30 PM Considered one of Verdi’s breakthrough operas, Rigoletto stunned composers including Franz Liszt with its brilliance. But be warned: Behind the[...]
Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music @ The Stevens Center of the UNCSA
March 18th at 8:00 PM March 20th at 2:00 PM March 22nd at 7:30 PM Sondheim created a stunning tour de force when he took Ingmar Bergman’s comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night,[...]


Madama Butterfly

Piedmont Opera opened its 37th season with the tragic love story of a young Geisha who gives up her life for love. Local favorite Jill Gardner sang the doomed title role. Opera Lively described her performance, “There is no way to sing and act the role of Cio-Cio San any better than Jill Gardner did. She was able to accurately portray with voice and body movements both the juvenile enthusiasm of the young geisha, and the bitter sorrow of the betrayed wife, as well as the heartbroken mother.” The Winston-Salem Journal proclaimed, ““The only thing wrong with Piedmont Opera’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is that there are too few performances of it.” Pinkerton, sung by Isaac Hurtado, was praised for his warm tenor voice, which was youthful and convincing in the role of Pinkerton. The audience could believe that he is infatuated with Butterfly, but no effort to portray him as an innocent himself could succeed, not when his lyrics proclaim that, as a Yankee, he has the right – and the means – to have a girl in every port.006

South Pacific

SouthPacific2014The Spring saw another first in PO’s history, the staging of a title from Broadway’s golden age. A large cast was assembled for performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. This highly successful production featured Bass-Baritone Branch Fields, who covered the role of Emile de Becque in the recent Broadway revival of this classic. He brought all his experience to bear for the success of our production. Making her role debut in this production was internationally acclaimed Dramatic Soprano Susan Neves as Bloody Mary. Ms. Neves has performed not only in this country’s leading opera companies, but for the Opera Bastille in Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, and the Arena di Verona. Of the production, the Winston Salem Journal said, “[Piedmont Opera] has found a cast that sounds good, looks good and can act. This is a show that you can get lost in, can absolutely go live in for three hours and not regret one second of it.”

The Flying Dutchman

DutchmanThis season was a successful season of firsts for Piedmont Opera. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Richard Wagner, the company produced its first opera by this genre changing composer. Our new production of The Flying Dutchman, created in conjunction with the Princeton Festival, confronted the challenges of producing Wagner’s work in the 21st century. A production worthy of the City of the Arts and Innovation, it used the latest in theatrical computer technology to create the scenic world in which the composer’s characters live. The Winston-Salem Journal remarked, “Wagner was a 19th century composer with 21st century ambitions. The ancient archetype of the wandering soul and ghost ships with blood red sails that come from under the sea and fly off into heaven are impressively rendered by modern technology.”
The artists who populate the stage of Piedmont Opera hail from across the Triad and throughout the country. This season, Bass-Baritone Jake Gardner performed the title role in our production of The Flying Dutchman. Jake has performed with leading opera companies nationwide, but recently made his home in Kernersville. Reporting on the performance, the New York Wagner Society said, “What was special about the performance I saw in Winston-Salem was the high quality of the singing. Jake Gardner, the Dutchman, was a particular standout. There was no holding back his powerful baritone as he conveyed the strength of the hero.”
Other artists engaged for this production included Carter Scott making her role debut as Senta. Carter has sung internationally and continues to be in demand, particularly for her portrayal of Puccini’s Turandot, a role she essayed for Piedmont Opera in 2010. Two members of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute were also featured in this production, confirming Piedmont Opera’s long standing relationship with this nationally recognized Young Artist training program. Jonathan Johnson and Kate Farrar added this production to their growing resumes, as their careers take them to the Chicago Lyric and Chautauqua Opera Companies, respectively.


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