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Knightly News and En Mis Palabras Introduce Opera to Children K-12

ATLANTA, December 4, 2013 – As part of its 2013-2014 Studio Tour, The Atlanta Opera will present a total of eight performances of En Mis Palabras and Knightly News in venues throughout the Atlanta area. En Mis Palabras and Knightly News both have subject matters and lengths that make them ideal for families with children in elementary, middle and high school. These interactive and educational performances provide an opportunity for families throughout the metro-Atlanta area to explore and experience opera together. Tickets to all performances of En Mis Palabras and Knightly News are $7 per person, and can be purchased at or by calling 404-881-8885.

Performance dates, locations and details follow.



In En Mis Palabras, a bilingual (Spanish and English) opera targeted at audiences in grades 6-12, a young girl named Ana Maria struggles with finding her own voice and figuring out who she is. Meanwhile, her father struggles to let go so that his daughter can safely develop her own sense of self. En Mis Palabras features four singers, a guitarist and a pianist. Approximate running time is one hour.


Thursday, January 16, 2014, 7 p.m.
Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331

Friday, January 24, 2014, 7 p.m.
La Amistad at The Lodge Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3417 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 7 p.m.
The Atlanta Opera Center, 1575 Northside Drive NW, Building 300, Suite 350, Atlanta, GA 30318


Music by Roger Ames
Libretto by Jeffrey Gilden

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Ana Maria:
Alison Moritz
Grant Jones
Kat Conley
Joanna Schmink

Jayme Alilaw
Stephanie Sanchez
Pedro Carreras
Ivan Segovia



Knightly News, most appropriate for grades K-5, is a mixed-up operatic newscast featuring modern characters from traditional tales. The theme of Knightly News reminds the audience that each person has unique talents and strengths that are valuable in different ways. Knightly News features four singers and a pianist, and will be performed in English. Approximate running time is one hour.


Saturday, February 15, 2014, 11 a.m.
Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3 p.m.
Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, 8534 Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 11 a.m.
The Atlanta Opera Center, 1575 Northside Drive NW, Building 300, Suite 350, Atlanta, GA 30318

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 3 p.m.
Decatur High School, 310 N. McDonough Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 11 a.m.
Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331


Music by Jonathan Stinson
Libretto Sarah Rogevich and Jonathan Stinson

Stage direction:
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Park Cofield
Grant Jones
Kat Conley
Joanna Schmink

Elizabeth Stuk
Abigail Halon
Pedro Carreras
Ivan Segovia


About The Atlanta Opera Studio
Every year, The Atlanta Opera introduces thousands of school-aged children to the art form of opera through The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour. Designed to travel, the Studio Tour features young artists, many of whom are members of The Atlanta Opera Chorus, and are a fun and educational way to present opera to young children. These accessible performances are presented in elementary schools around the metro-Atlanta area and throughout the state of Georgia each spring. Teachers are provided with an education guide to use in their classrooms as they prepare students for the opera experience. The Atlanta Opera education guides feature information about the opera including synopsis and composer information, as well as cross-curricular lesson plans and activities corresponding to the Georgia Performance Standards.

About The Atlanta Opera

Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. By producing live, mainstage performances of the highest quality and impactful community engagement experiences, The Atlanta Opera enriches lives through the power of opera. Under the leadership of General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, the Opera strives to attract the finest international, national, and regional singers, conductors, stage directors, and designers. Each season, The Atlanta Opera presents three productions at the Cobb Energy Centre, drawing audiences from the entire metropolitan Atlanta area as well as from the Southeast region.

Sponsors & Supporters

The Atlanta Opera would like to thank the following for their support of The Atlanta Opera Studio:

Atlanta Foundation
Bright Wings Foundation
George M. Brown Trust Fund
Mary Brown Fund of Atlanta
Camp-Younts Foundation
City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
The Goizueta Foundation
Hills Family Foundation
Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation
Kiwanis Foundation of Atlanta
Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Nordson Corporation Foundation
Ida A. Ryan Charitable Trust
SunTrust Trusteed Foundations
Wells Fargo Philanthropic Giving Program
Frances Wood Wilson Foundation


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