Our History

North Carolina Opera was formed in 2010 from the merger of The Opera Company of North Carolina and Capitol Opera Raleigh. It is dedicated to presenting operatic performances at the highest level throughout the Triangle. North Carolina Opera brings international level artists to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and also engages the best in local Triangle talent.  

Now in our 11th season, we have presented a wide range of repertoire, from Handel and Mozart to John Supko, D.J. Sparr, and Philip Glass.  NCO has presented the local premieres of works by Wagner, Verdi, Britten, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorak.  We were part of the consortium that commissioned Jennifer Higdon’s and Gene Scheer’s Cold Mountain, which we presented in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts in 2017 in Chapel Hill.  Please see our production archive for information on our past seasons.
The mission of North Carolina Opera is to enhance the cultural life of North Carolina by presenting artistically significant opera productions of the highest quality, strengthening and expanding audiences for opera in the region, and providing regional artists opportunities to participate in operatic productions and events.