This preview has been provided by North Carolina Opera.

North Carolina Opera will present a Wagner concert January 27 in the Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center (formerly Progress Energy Center) in Raleigh. Jay Hunter Morris, who performed the famously difficult role of Siegfried with the Metropolitan Opera, Elizabeth Bishop, and Peter Volpe will star, and Timothy Myers, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of North Carolina Opera, will conduct. Hear the complete Act I of Die Walküre, along with selections from  Die Meistersinger, Tristan und Isolde, and the Flying Dutchman.  The concert will be sung in German with English supertitles. Wagner fans are coming from far and wide to hear this first ever Raleigh performance of any part of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle.

Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre begins with an intense musical storm that hounds the warrior Siegmund into an uncertain refuge. Soon, he draws a fabled sword from an ash tree, setting into motion one of the truly unforgettable stories in opera. Rarely seen outside of major cities such as New York and usually brought to Raleigh only in Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, the entire first act of the second opera in Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen will be North Carolina Opera’s most distinguished event of the 2012/13 season. In Die Walküre, as well as excerpts from favorites such as Tristan und Isolde, Wagner’s unrivalled imagination meets an 80-piece orchestra and our spectacular singers.  More than ten thousand books and articles were written about Wagner during his lifetime alone. In the bicentennial year of his birth, at the North Carolina Opera, discover why.

Tickets are $27 to $85 and are on sale now by calling the North Carolina Opera Box Office at 919-792-3850, filling out the form available at or going to Performances will be on Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.

North Carolina Opera was formed in 2010 from the merger of Capital Opera Raleigh and The Opera Company of North Carolina. It is dedicated to presenting operatic performances at the highest level throughout the Triangle. We also have a robust education program that brings opera to schools across Wake County and surrounding counties. North Carolina Opera brings international level artists to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and also engages the best in local Triangle talent.