Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

A heartbreaking love story. A tragic betrayal.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Join the dashing Prince Tamino in his quest for truth, honor, and a beautiful damsel in distress.


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Meet the Cast on Stage!

For the first time in Piedmont Opera history, go behind the scenes for an exclusive look at what it takes to make operatic magic at Piedmont Opera! This exclusive event will begin with a fascinating backstage look at one of the
region’s leading opera companies, including visits to the rehearsal rooms, costuming and stage area. Tours begin at the performer’s entrance and will end on stage with wine, appetizers and members of the cast on stage for questions.

Tickets are $50 and are limited.

October 26th at 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM

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2014 - 2015 Season

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2014-15 Season

October 2014

October 1, 2014 @ 12:00 am – November 15, 2014 @ 11:59 pm
What's Your Story Fairytale Contest @ Piedmont Opera | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
To celebrate Piedmont Opera’s spring production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the company will host a creative writing contest called What’s Your Story, a project that provides collaboration between students and local artists. Young authors[...]
Meet the Cast – On Stage at the Stevens Center!  @ Stevens Center | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
For the first time in Piedmont Opera history, go behind the scenes for an exclusive look at what it takes to make operatic magic at Piedmont Opera! This exclusive event will begin with a fascinating[...]
October 26, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Opera Night at the Movies – M. Butterfly @ Aperture Cinemas | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States Loosely based on true events, the film concerns René Gallimard (Jeremy Irons), a French diplomat assigned to Beijing, China in the 1960s. He becomes infatuated with a Chinese opera performer, Song Liling (John Lone),[...]
October 29, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Season Subscription for Student Night @ The Stevens Center of UNCSA
Student Night at the Opera is the final dress rehearsal for the performance and is an opportunity for students to witness professional opera performances. Our Student Night Season Pass gives you access to both of[...]
Student Night at the Opera - Madama Butterfly    @ The Stevens Center
Student Night at the Opera is the final dress rehearsal for the performance and is an opportunity for students to witness professional opera performances. Typically Student Night runs between 2 ½ -3 hours (including any[...]
October 31, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Opening Night Dinner and Dessert @ The Stevens Center  | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
Enjoy a wonderful meal with friends and never be late for the performance! Join Piedmont Opera before Madama Butterfly for Japanese-inspired pre-show dining on the 10th floor of the Stevens Center. Dinner is a luscious[...]


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.

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.”


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2014 - 2015 Piedmont Opera Calendar

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