© 2021 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

The Magic Flute And Fight Lab

Opera Omaha

Part One: Opera Carolina's The Magic Flute. Opera Carolina continues its efforts to enhance the opera experience by featuring stage and costume design by famed visual artist Jun Kuneko in its new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. But even with the vibrant visual aspects of the show, the music - and the opera singers - take center stage. We'll meet the stars of this new production of The Magic Flute to talk about how they make Mozart's beloved opera new for audiences in Charlotte, when Charlotte Talks.

Yunah Lee
- Soprano, "Pamina" in The Magic Flute. She joined us almost exactly one year ago when she was the lead in Opera Carolina's Madama Butterfly
Shawn Mathey - Tenor, "Tamino" in The Magic Flute
James Meena - Opera Carolina’s General Director & Principal Conductor

Credit Fight Lab Promotions

Part Two: Fight Lab. Mixed Martial Arts, known as MMA, is a sport on the rise. The caged matches featuring two fighters who use punching, kicking and grappling techniques, have been national events rivaling and even surpassing the era of big time boxing matches. MMA fighters are a rare breed of athlete but they can be found everywhere, including Charlotte. Kenny Letts knows this and he founded a MMA organization called Fight Lab to promote area fighters. We'll step into the ring to learn more about local MMA bouts, the life of a promoter and the violent path a fighter must take to become a champion in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

Kenny Letts
- CEO / Pit Boss of Fight Lab Promotions. MMA Cage Fighting promotions co.
Michael "Cornbread" Allen - Fight Lab Matchmaker & Director of Fighter Relations
Joseph "Eldingoloco" Carroll - Professional MMA fighter and Culinary Arts Student at Johnson and Wales