2016-2017 Season

2016-2017 Season


2016-2017 Season

September 15, 2016 - May 21, 2017

We are thrilled to announce our 2016-2017 season, once again bringing the Triangle innovative new works, proven masterpieces and classic expressions of passion and artistry.



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La Mer, September 15-October 2, 2016

Fletcher Opera Theater

Claude Debussy’s iconic La Mer, with all the dynamic energy and imagery of the sea, serves as the latest musical inspiration for Choreographer in Residence Zalman Raffael. Debussy created La Mer as three “symphonic sketches” to evoke the essence of the ocean and now Raffael will bring them to life with the color of Neptune’s majesty.


Don Quixote, October 13-30, 2016

Fletcher Opera Theater

Scenes of love and battles with windmills have filled our hearts with humor and pathos since 1605 when Cervantes first set forth his tarnished knight, Don Quixote, into the world along with his loyal sidekick Sancho Panza. Robert Weiss finished his quest to tell this centuries old tale in 2008 when the News and Observer dubbed it “one of his very best creations, a huge crowd pleaser.” Don Quixote is imagination come to life. This production commemorates the 400th anniversary of Cervantes' death in 1616.


Carmina Burana, November 23-27, 2016

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Lynne Taylor Corbett’s Carmina Burana, with live music by the North Carolina Master Chorale under the baton of Alfred E. Sturgis, was hailed by the News and Observer as “wonderful theater, performed by a troupe with surprising artistic depth.” The ballet explores love, greed and obsession to Carl Orff’s pulsating score as the wheel of fortune spins in the contemporary setting of Wall Street.


The Nutcracker, December 3-24, 2016

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium/DPAC

15th Anniversary

Join us as we celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Carolina Ballet’s annual classic, The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition perfect for the whole family.  As a subscriber, you receive a 20% discount as well as the opportunity to reserve the best
seats before they go on sale to the public. The only Nutcracker in the country with real illusions, created by world-renowned magician Rick Thomas.


The Little Mermaid, February 2-19, 2017

Fletcher Opera Theater

Join us under the sea as Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Little Mermaid, is brought to life in this “large-scale, visually dazzling piece” according to the News and Observer. Lynne Taylor-Corbett conjures an enchanting vision of a young mermaid with the dulcet voice, who will risk it all for love in a daring deal with a vengeful sea witch; all crafted to an original score by Michael Moricz. In addition, we present George Balanchine’s elegant Who Cares?, set to George Gershwin Hollywood favorites.


Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, March 9-26, 2017

Fletcher Opera Theater

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Robert Weiss’ celebration of nature’s enduring cycle, will “burst forth with shocking vividness, teeming with undeniable life force…It’s thrumming, interlocked motion making a powerful engine for dance,” according to Indy Week. This ballet sold out in its initial run in 2014 and many of our subscribers have been asking for its return.


Rhapsody in Blue, April 20-23, 2017

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

George Gershwin’s epic American masterwork Rhapsody in Blue will transport you to a world envisioned by Carolina Ballet’s Choreographer in Residence, Zalman Raffael, as he explores Gershwin’s ever-changing rhythms and moods in his deftly sensitive ballet; Rhapsody. Originally created as a studio work, Rhapsody had its stage premiere in the Fletcher Theater in 2013. This season Raffael will reimagine this work as it graces Raleigh’s largest stage, and answers the call of this American classic.


Carmen, May 18-21, 2017

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet’s Carmen is so rich with the allure and bravado of this sultry tale that it led the Washington Post to pronounce that “the best full-evening story ballets of the past quarter century are currently being choreographed in Raleigh by Robert Weiss.” Called the “definitive Carmen” by the Winston Salem Journal, this ballet, with music performed live by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, tells the story of a woman born to be free who captures the hearts and souls of the
men who love her.

2016-2017 Season Performance Dates & times

Day Time Location Castings* Get Tickets
March 1 Tuesday 11:46AM Subscriptions on sale By Phone or in person Online

*Casting will be posted the week of the performance