Opera Carolina season: Tosca, Magic Flute, Pearl Fishers

Opera Carolina will offer two favorites and a bit of exotica during its 2012-13 season.

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” will feature new sets, costumes and video projections by Japanese artist Jun Kaneko, who designed the inventive “Madama Butterfly” that Opera Carolina staged in January. Kaneko’s “Flute” – commissioned by Opera Carolina, the San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera – will come to Charlotte in January after premiering in San Francisco this June.

Opera Carolina’s season will open in October with Puccini’s thriller “Tosca.” The closer will be Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers,” a love-triangle drama set in what was then called Ceylon. Its appeal lies in its tunefulness and the music’s evocations of a faraway land.

Opera Carolina’s general director, James Meena, said “Pearl Fishers” will be Opera Carolina’s contribution to the 2013 Ulysses citywide cultural festival, which will spotlight how technology enriches the arts.

“We are designing new digital projections as we did with our production of ‘Il Trovatore’ last fall, to create visual images that are as engaging as Bizet’s beautiful score,” Meena said.

The schedule:

Puccini’s “Tosca”: Oct 13, 19, 21. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”: Jan. 19, 24, 27. Sung in German with English supertitles.

Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers”: April 13, 18, 21. Sung in French with English supertitles.

Performances are at the Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Season tickets covering all the operas are $33-$387. Single tickets, which will go on sale Aug. 1, will be $15-$140. Details: 704-372-1000; www.operacarolina.org.