Exploring Opera: Celebrating Caterina Jarboro, Wilmington’s First Operatic Diva

Saturday, February 24, 2018
9:15 AM
Cultural Arts CA1075 Beckwith Recital Hall
Event Type
Music Dept.
Ann Seymour
Music Department

Opera Wilmington presents
Exploring Opera:
Celebrating Caterina Jarboro (1898–1986), Wilmington’s First Operatic Diva
Two days of presentations, reminiscences, and coffee and conversation.
All events on Saturday are free with the exception of the Met Live at Lumina Theater.

Saturday schedule
Coffee and Check-In
8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Cultural Arts Grand Lobby 
Cape Fear Museum’s special exhibition of artifacts from Caterina Jarboro’s life and career will again  be on display from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Session I
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Beckwith Recital Hall
Remembering Caterina Jarboro
D. Anthony Rivenbark, executive director, Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts: Personal Reminiscences of Jarboro’s Return to Wilmington in the 1980s

Keynote Address
Richard Yarborough, professor of English and African American studies, UCLA: From Katherine Yarborough to Caterina Jarboro to Aunt Catherine: Memory, Legacy, and Family History

Closing reception
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cultural Arts Grand Lobby 
Posters and Cape Fear Museum Special Exhibit 
Light brunch fare, co-sponsored by OLLI, Women’s Studies and Resource Center and Jack Sauer
Cape Fear Museum special exhibition: Caterina Jarboro’s jewelry and photos
Research posters: UNCW students Tina Langevin on Jarboro’s iconic roles: Aida, Sélika, Balkis; Wendy Cheng on aspects of Jarboro’s diva persona


Met Live in HD broadcast of Puccini’s La Bohème
UNCW Lumina Theatre, presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Ticketed event - please check for availability
For information about the broadcast, please visit www.uncw.edu/metopera


About the symposium 
Opera Wilmington is delighted to announce our 3rd Annual Opera Symposium, a two-day event held on February 23rd & 24th, to celebrate the life and achievements of Caterina Jarboro, the first African-American diva to perform a leading role on stage with an American company.   
Co-sponsors for the event include UNCW Department of Music, Office of the Arts, Office of Community Engagement and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute,

“Celebrating Caterina Jarboro” features two days of multimedia presentations, musical performances, and firsthand reminiscences that trace this historic African-American singer’s journey from hometown soprano to international opera star. 
Lecture Jarboro’s great-nephew, Richard Yarborough (Professor of English & African American Studies, UCLA) with his recollections of his “Aunt Catherine”, along with his family’s history in Wilmington at the turn of the century; prominent musicologists Carolyn Guzski (SUNY Buffalo) and Marian Smith (U of Oregon); along with local favorites Marva Robinson and Tony Rivenbark.  All lectures are free and open to the public (Beckwith Recital Hall).
You’ll be able to enjoy plenty of coffee and conversation during the breaks, visit UNCW student poster presentations, and view a special exhibit of Jarboro’s jewelry and photos by the Cape Fear Museum (Lobby, Cultural Arts Building).


UNCW Campus Map
The Cultural Arts building is designated as “CA” and is on the left hand side of the map, just above midpoint.
Plenty of free parking, right out in front of the Cultural Arts building. No need to feed the meters.
Contact us at the email or phone number above, and let us know your first and last name.
5270 Randall Drive
Information and updates
For information, contact the Department of Music:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. -  5 p.m.
Stay tuned by joining our mailing list.
Like us on Facebook.


Arrive on time

•   Arrive at the concert venue at least 10 minutes before the posted concert time. If you need to get a ticket at the box office, have your UNCW student ID ready and arrive at least another 5 sooner.

    •   The box office will only be open for ticket sales and distribution to students up until 15 minutes after the performance begins. 

    •   Students arriving 5 minutes after the start time of the event will not be admitted free with their UNCW ID card, and must purchase tickets in order to be admitted. If the box office has closed, students will not be admitted into the venue.

Concert attendance and program stamping

Programs for students registered in Department of Music classes are stamped by the ushers at the end of the performance. 

   •   If you leave before the concert ends, your program will not be stamped.

   •   If ushers should run out of programs, ask them to stamp your ticket stub at the end of the concert. Let your teacher know what happened. 


Use of electronic devices during performances

   •   use of computers, tablets, phones is not allowed during performances. Anyone using an electronic device will be asked to put it away. Noncompliance may result in being asked to leave the event.


Caterina Jarboro

Get Directions
Event Date
Event Time