My Little Gallery of Opera Cats
They have appeared in these famous roles at the Brevard Music Center -- in the gift shop!
I know from cartoons that cats love to sing from fence tops on moonlit nights. It’s a short pounce from that to the idea of cats in famous opera roles. I’ve written here before how I learned about opera when I volunteered at the Brevard Music Center.
My first Character Cat was inspired by the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. There’s a look in her eye, below, that could mean either love and determination, or just detachment, I’m not sure.
Soon there were a dozen Opera Cats, each ready for a greeting card with opera notes on the back. Here are some of them.
I volunteered to work at what was then called Harmony House. In 2017, the Music Center described their gift shop as a place
where patrons may choose from a fine array of unique merchandise. Volunteers staffing Harmony Gifts help raise funds for student scholarships through the sale of goods before concerts and during intermission.
The Opera Cats were for sale at Harmony Gifts for several years.
One of the more recent Music Center opera productions was Die Fledermaus by Johan Strauss.
And here is our spirited heroine, Rosalinde!
The houselights are down and the curtain’s going up — at the Brevard Music Center!