The Discoveries series debuted in Atlanta during the 2014-15 season with an emphasis on presenting new works, new ideas and fresh perspectives on great Atlanta-area stages. The productions of Three Decembers and Soldier Songs were highlighted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Best of 2015 list. The recent production of Winter Journey breathed new life into a classic Schubert song cycle at the Conant Theater. In the 2016-17 season, the Discoveries series returns with unique interpretations of two operatic gems in site-specific locations around Atlanta. Our goal is to focus on collaborations with other organizations and to encourage stimulating conversations. Some of the local and national recent partners have included the Rialto Center for the Arts, the Conant Performing Arts Center, the Alliance Theatre, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, and GLMMR, an NYC-based multimedia art collective.
Maria de Buenos Aires, by composer Ástor Piazzolla, follows a young prostitute who falls in love with tango dancing in the heart of Buenos Aires. Composed and first presented in 1968, the sexy Maria de Buenos Aires makes for a vibrant evening of opera at Le Maison Rouge in Paris on Ponce by combining sensual tango from the sultry clubs of Argentina with surreal adventure.
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The Discoveries series partners will focus on new collaborations in the upcoming season, including the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Atlanta BeltLine, Paris on Ponce, and the first collaboration with the New York-based On Site Opera
to bring Mozart’s The Secret Gardener
to life in a new site-specific co-production at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Performances will mark a bi-city first for the series. Written by an 18-year-old Mozart, The Secret Gardener
is a story of love, madness, and redemption that unfolds in the lush setting of a beautiful garden. Now in its fifth season of producing immersive site-specific opera, On Site Opera has been praised by BBC News
as "innovative" and The New York Times
as a "vital" and "visionary company.”