La Traviata, Larry Sabato, Art Show Raise Outer Banks Culture Bar

La Traviata headlines a month of Outer Banks cultural events.
La Traviata headlines a month of Outer Banks cultural events.

Verdi’s classic opera, La Traviata, Pulitzer Prize winning author Larry Sabato and the month long Frank Stick Memorial Art Show are all part of the Outer Banks cultural scene for February.

Coming to the First First Flight High School stage on February 2, the production of La Traviata the Elizabeth R & Company is bringing to local audiences is a remarkable achievement.

Headlined by Manteo native Tshombe Selby in the role of Alfredo, the performers in this production are the stars of the operatic world of tomorrow. 

Sarah Joyce Cooper, who will take on the title role of Violetta, has an exquisite voice. She has performed opera throughout the United States. Tshombe left for NYC five years ago to hone his operatic and performance skills and he has subsequently toured Europe, the United States and Canada as he builds his resume.

It is a treat that this quality of a performance is being brought to the Outer Banks. And the best part of it may be the performance is free.

The performance of La Traviata is the rescheduled date for the performance that was postponed in September because of concerns about Hurricane Florence.

Four days after La Traviata, on February 9 Larry Sabato takes the stage at First Flight High School for an evening of political insight and analysis.

Since 2002, Sabato and his UVA team have been remarkably accurate in predicting political trends and outcomes. Brought to the stage but the Bryan Cultural Series, it should be an interesting evening.

Beginning February as an Outer Banks cultural month, the Dare County Art Council’s 41st Frank Stick Memorial Art Show will be on display at the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo from January 24 through February 24. Yes, it begins in January, but runs through the the month of February.