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Opera Birmingham has announced its 2012-2013 season. The season opener Catch a Rising Star (10/26) features tenor Bray Wilkins, the winner of the “Opera Idol 2012” Audience Favorite Award. Opera Birmingham celebrates the holidays with Home for the Holidays Dec. 21 and 23. Later in the season, Madame Butterfly (1/25, 1/27) and The Magic Flute (3/15, 3/17) are sung in Italian and German respectively, but will be presented with projected English translations for ease of understanding. It has been more than a decade since Opera Birmingham produced Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the story of true lovers who must survive magical ordeals and the evil forces of the Queen of the Night before they can be together. For complete season details, including cast lists and more, visit Opera Birmingham.

Want to get involved? Opera Bmingham will hold auditions for supporting roles and chorus positions for the 2012-2013 season on Sunday, October 14 from 1pm – 3 pm at the Opera office, 3601 Sixth Avenue South. One selection in a foreign language is preferred, but a selection in English is acceptable. An accompanist will be provided or you may bring your own. All positions receive a monetary stipend. Call 205-322-6737 to reserve an audition time or email Ellen Mitchell at ellen@operabirmingham.org.

~ September 24, 2012

Madame Butterfly Photo Credit: Martha Mickles/Courtesy PORTopera

Magic Flute Photo Credit: Deutsche Oper Berlin