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Puccini's Tosca

Puccini’s explosive love triangle opens our 39th season October 28, 30 and November 1, 2016

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The Italian Girl in Algiers

Join the secret society of the Pappataci but only if you can sleep, eat, drink and be quiet…. March 17, 19 and 21, 2017

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2016 - 2017 Season

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2016-17 Season

Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Girl Scout Night at the Opera @ The Stevens Center of the UNCSA | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
Girl Scouts are invited to a live performance of Piedmont Opera’s production of Puccini’s tragic love story Tosca. Prior to the performance, there will be a chance to meet a member of the cast, discuss[...]
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Student Night for Tosca @ The Stevens Center of UNCSA | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
Student Night at the Opera is the final dress rehearsal for the performance and is an opportunity for students to witness professional opera performances. Student Night is tailored for students and their chaperones. Typically Student[...]
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Pre-opera Dinner @ The Stevens Center of the UNCSA | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
Pre-Opera Dinner Never be late for opening night when you enjoy pre-show dining on the 10th floor of the Stevens Center. Dinner is a luscious Italian buffet and includes wine and dessert.  Call 336.725.7101 or[...]
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Student Rush @ Stevens Center of the UNCSA | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
A limited number of specially-priced tickets for our main stage productions may be purchased 30 minutes prior to each performance by full-time students. A valid school ID must be presented at the Stevens Center  Box[...]
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm
Puccini's Tosca @ The Stevens Center of the UNCSA | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
October 28th at 8:00 PM, October 30th at 2:00 PM, November 1st at 7:30 PM From the creator of Madame Butterfly and La Bohème comes an explosive triangle of love, lust and lies. The jealous[...]
Oct 28 @ 11:00 pm – Oct 29 @ 12:00 am
Curtain Call with the Cast @ Jeffery Adams on Fourth  | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
Piedmont Opera invites you to join your fellow Opera goers as we continue the party after the performance! Join us for a cash bar and come mingle with the cast across the street at Jeffrey[...]



Piedmont Opera opened its 38th season with Rigoletto, starring UNCSA graduate Tenor René Barbera. Barbera has swiftly established himself as one of today’s most exciting young artists. Rene makes his long anticipated New York and Metropolitan Opera stage debut, under the baton of Maestro James Levine in October, 2016.  The Winston-Salem Journal raved,  “Under the deft musical direction of Piedmont Opera’s General Director James Allbritten, the musicians and singers gave performances that ranged from beautifully balanced to thrillingly passionate. Nothing less.”  Voix des Arts said, “In filling the ranks of supporting characters, Piedmont Opera’s production tapped North Carolina’s bounteous lodes of native and adopted vocal talent. Fellows of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts made especially strong showings.” Opera Lively concluded. “This was easily the best singing I’ve ever heard on the Piedmont Opera stage (not a small accomplishment since the company is consistently good in their casting).


The Magic Flute

KPMSuperb singing and acting made the Piedmont Opera production of The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last opera, a “must see” event at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. A large audience of all ages filled the hall – this is a great opera to include the children, being full of magic, comic situations, flashy staging, and all sung in English! Several innovative special events introduced opera to a new audience. The What’s Your Story Art Contest inspired young authors to write fairy tales then local artists from Associated Artists of Winston-Salem and the Hispanic Arts Initiative turned the stories into life. The company also hosted a Dragon Slayer and Princess Party after the matinee performance to give children the chance to meet the cast. More than 200 families attended.

Madama Butterfly

006Piedmont 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.

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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