The Atlanta Opera Chorus
"Walter Huff's Atlanta Opera Chorus can be compared to the best opera choruses in the world."
- Arthur Fagen, Atlanta Opera Music Director
No production would be complete without The Atlanta Opera Chorus. Widely regarded as one of the top opera choruses in the country, The Atlanta Opera Chorus auditions yearly, and performs in each of the mainstage operas of the season. Led by Chorus Master Walter Huff, the singers are an integral part of each performance.
About The Atlanta Opera Chorus
The Atlanta Opera Chorus Bio (PDF)No Atlanta Opera production would be complete without the Atlanta Opera Chorus. Widely regarded as one of the top opera ensembles in the country, the Atlanta Opera Chorus performs in the majority of mainstage offerings produced by the Atlanta Opera each year. Under the leadership of Walter Huff for 25 years, the choristers are always an integral part of each performance.
Members of the Atlanta Opera Chorus are highly touted for their technical abilities and compelling acting skills, and have been featured in more than 100 productions since Maestro Huff began his tenure. Conductors, stage directors, and principal singers from the world over have consistently praised the ensemble for its characteristic sound, range of color, and consistent precision. Production highlights through the years have included Turandot, Aida, Samson et Delila, Il trovatore, Otello,
. Other memorable choral performances have been showcased in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten
, Wagner’s dark and stormy The Flying Dutchman
, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice
, a critically acclaimed double-bill of Carmina Burana
, 1992’s contemporary staging of Bizet’s Carmen
, and Mozart’s Requiem
In 1996, the Atlanta Opera Chorus was invited to perform in the Cultural Olympiad concert series, as part of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. This invitation resulted in two memorable performances, seen by a distinguished international audience: Gershwin’s delightful musical comedy Of Thee I Sing
and an Opera Gala Evening, featuring the Atlanta chorus and famed soprano Dame Gwyneth Jones. In 2008, the Opéra-Comique of Paris invited the Atlanta Opera Chorus to perform in their new production of Porgy and Bess
. This 8-week engagement included 12 performances in Paris and additional shows in Spain, Normandy, and Luxembourg. Numerous alumni of the chorus have now sung at leading opera houses around the nation and the world – including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, and many others.
About Walter Huff
Walter Huff has been chorus master of
The Atlanta Opera Chorus for 25 years. He
has prepared the Chorus for more than 90 productions, receiving critical
acclaim in the United States and abroad. Along with his duties at The Atlanta Opera,
Huff was recently appointed to the choral faculty at Indiana University Jacobs
School of Music, serving for a year as adjunct associate professor and faculty
director of choruses before being appointed to a tenure-track associate
professor position in 2013.
From Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice to a staged version of Carmina burana and appearances at the Olympic Cultural Olympiad
(1996), The Atlanta Opera Chorus has continually received national and
international attention. In 2008, the Chorus,
under Huff's direction, sang over 20 performances of Porgy and Bess at the Opéra-Comique in Paris and on tour in Spain,
Normandy, and Luxembourg.
Last year, at the Jacobs School of
Music, he led the Indiana University Opera Choruses to critical and audience
acclaim, in performances of Don Giovanni,
The Merry Widow and Akhnaten.
He has worked as a vocal coach for
Washington National Opera, Peabody Opera Theater, and in his own studio in
Atlanta. He was acting chorus master for
San Diego Opera in 2011. Huff served on
the faculty at Georgia State University for four years as assistant professor,
guest lecturer and conductor of the Georgia State University Choral Society.
For the past four years, Huff has been
music director for The Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute, a unique
nine-month training program for talented, classically trained high school
Huff received his music degrees from the Oberlin and Peabody
Meet Walter Huff (Video)