“The words of a survivor are like stars in the sky. They illuminate only a tiny piece of the past… No matter what is spoken of the night, there will always be more darkness than light.” These lyrics from Out of Darkness: Two Remain speak to the vast resonance of the Third Reich’s atrocities that wiped out millions of people. Significant political and ethnic groups were persecuted because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. They were subjected to horrific […]
A note from composer Jake Heggie: The persecution of gays during the Holocaust is not a topic that is much recognized or discussed. So Mina Miller [of Seattle-based Music of Remembrance] decided to take it on in a powerful and meaningful way: through music. When she called and asked me to create a new chamber composition based on this subject, I was deeply moved, excited, and hugely challenged. How on Earth could we find a way to do honor and […]
A note from the composer, Jake Heggie: The woman we know today as the author and lyricist Krystyna Żywulska was a Holocaust survivor with an astonishing, complex, sometimes baffling history. She was born Sonia Landau in 1914 to a Jewish family in Lódz, Poland, and was studying law at Warsaw University when World War II erupted. In 1941, she and her family were relocated to the Warsaw ghetto. Seeing a window of an opportunity one day, Sonia and her mother […]
Depicting the Holocaust in the theater presents special challenges to audience members. Some may expect feelings of hopelessness, inevitability, and emotional exhaustion. American composer Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain crafts a different experience. It reminds us that although countless stories emerged from that dark, dark chapter in world history, they often bring something richer, more nuanced, and more complicated. Out of Darkness grew like a vine from a collaboration between the composer and the Seattle presenter Music of […]
Argentinian tenor Santiago Ballerini makes his role debut as Tonio in our production of The Daughter of the Regiment. We chatted with him about his thoughts on this role, his experience in the Atlanta Opera’s Studio, and what he listens to while on the road (Freddie Mercury, anyone?).
Our most popular season to date is bookended by two of the greatest blockbusters that exist. We celebrate Bernstein’s centennial year with West Side Story, and close with a triumphant production of Verdi’s La Traviata. We will present the most frequently performed new American opera in the world, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, as well as a grand, romantic interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin. Read more from ArtsATL on The Opera’s new season, and “bold new direction” >> The […]
The Atlanta Opera Chorus had the honor of singing our national anthem at the Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds game on August 19th. It was a beautiful day at the ballpark made even better by our amazing chorus. Bravissimo!