Dating back to the 16th Century, opera is one of the most time honored and stunning forms of performance art. The advanced skill sets and the dedication it requires to perform opera is in direct correlation to how amazingly stirring and mesmerizing a performance can be. Sadly, in our community, opera is not receiving the attention it deserves.
I did not have a live opera experience until I saw my good friend Colette Gardner perform at the Halton Theatre with Central Piedmont Community College Arts this past year. I had the privilege to see two of her performances with the CPCC Opera Theatre, Pagliacci and Battle of the Composer Verdi vs. Wagner (don’t ask me to pronounce it). To say I was impressed is putting it very lightly and I was slightly ashamed of my lack of knowledge on the art form.
Opera characters, music and staging are complex. In order to perform opera you must have an extremely solid vocal technique as well as an ability to master a foreign language. The training for an opera singer is comparable to a professional athlete. In order to get noticed in a competitive and a highly concentrated realm one must be working on their craft every day and live a stringent lifestyle.
Colette has traveled the globe to perform opera. Her journey has taken her to Germany, Italy, all over the US West Coast, and luckily she has landed back here in Charlotte. Her next performance with the CPCC Opera Theatre is The Old Maid and the Thief paired with The Medium, April 8th-10th at Halton Theatre.
Join me and opera sensation Colette Gardner this Monday, March 21st during my Not Your Boyfriend’s Radio Hour show on Charlotte Community Radio.
Not Your Boyfriend’s Radio Hour, hosted by Amelia Coughlin, airs every other Monday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm via CharlotteCommunity Radio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts.