Our Story

Founded in 2014, Opera Wilmington has thrived in its first decade, bringing professional, high-quality productions and pop-up concerts to increasingly diverse audiences. Find out how we can connect with you!

Fully Staged Professional Opera Company

Opera Wilmington has become a cultural touchstone in the coastal Carolina region

Founded in 2014 as the area’s only live, fully staged professional opera company, Opera Wilmington has become a cultural touchstone in the coastal Carolina region.

Our company debuted in the summer of 2014 with a production of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, which earned rave reviews and an outpouring of community enthusiasm.

Artistic Director Nancy King, along with a board of dedicated community supporters and devoted opera lovers, envisioned a dynamic company that would provide excellence in operatic performance and education, as well as inspire appreciation of the art form within the Wilmington community and surrounding areas.

To bring this vision to life, King—a voice professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington—has assembled a collaborative artistic team of fellow UNCW faculty members. Read more about them here.

Founded

UNCW’s Resident Opera Company

In March 2017, Opera Wilmington became the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s resident company. Through this partnership, our company provides research and creative opportunities for students and faculty in performance, theatre tech, costume and set design, and music history. The company receives marketing and some administrative support from UNCW’s Office of the Arts and Department of Music but maintains its independent board of directors and nonprofit status. Opera Wilmington is responsible for its own fundraising.

UNCW’s Resident Opera Company

In March 2017, Opera Wilmington became the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s resident company. Through this partnership, our company provides research and creative opportunities for students and faculty in performance, theatre tech, costume and set design, and music history. The company receives marketing and some administrative support from UNCW’s Office of the Arts and Department of Music but maintains its independent board of directors and nonprofit status. Opera Wilmington is responsible for its own fundraising.