Highlights for Opera
Excavation for WRAL Opera Auditorium
Work underway for constrcution of auditorium dedicated to opera performances. Photo taken June 18, 1965.
Auditorum excavation at WRAL-TV
Early excavation at WRAL-TV to add opera auditorium in June 1965
National Opera Showcase
WRAL-TV News Director Sam Beard introduces the program and CEO and Founder of Capitol Broadcasting Company AJ Fletcher explains the purpose of the National Opera Company.
Fletcher believed that opera belonged to everyone and wanted the performances in English so everyone could appreciate the entire presentation.
The National Opera Company provided opportunities for singers/performers to further their professional careers.
In 1965, the National Opera Company gave 55 performances in NC and other Southeastern states.
Children enjoying opera
School children enjoy the Grass Roots Opera performance on October 1, 1951
Grass Roots Opera performance
The opera company founded by AJ Fletcher performs at a NC school. Mr. Fletcher is in the cast, 3rd from the left.