On the Cutting Edge of Opera

By Ellen Sturgill
Are you confused about opera? Do you find your head spinning when people use the terms “bel canto,” “coloratura,” or “libretto” (especially if used in the same sentence)? Then have no fear! This Sunday, November 6th, The Atlanta Opera will be presenting “Opera with an Edge,” a live sneak preview of this season’s operas. Hosted by long-time Atlanta Opera supporter Bob Edge, this event promises to de-mystify your questions about opera and educate you about the upcoming season.
To get a sense of what we can expect to see on Sunday, we asked Mr. Edge a few questions about this event and what he is looking forward to this season. Enjoy!
1. How long have you been presenting the Opera with an Edge program? I have been doing opera previews since 1971—first for The Met (until 1986) and more recently for The Atlanta Opera.

2. What can people expect in the presentation this Sunday? Some very fine young singers will present arias, trios, duets, etc. , on the program—and I will provide some comments and listening tips that hopefully will help audience members enjoy these performances even more.

3. What do you hope people will gain from the upcoming Opera with an Edge presentation? Our goal for Opera with an Edge is to give the audience some additional information about the operas being presented in the forthcoming season and also a taste of the musical treats in store.

4. What are you looking forward to most about this upcoming season? The upcoming season offers three wonderfully diverse operas that Atlantans will love. It will be a treat to see a brand new opera—The Golden Ticket based on the Willy Wonka children’s story—because it was a smash hit when it was introduced in St. Louis in 2010 and will have an appeal to children and adults.

This event will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 6th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. It is free, but does require reservations. Call 404.892.3132, emaileducation@atlantaopera.org, or click here to RSVP for what will surely be an entertaining, exciting, and enlightening evening.

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