July 16, 2012

Teachers Go to Opera Summer Camp

By Luisa Rodriguez Last week, The Atlanta Opera, hosted training for local educators called MUSIC! WORDS! OPERA! Led by Opera America associates Neil Ginsberg, a composer and music educator, and Clifford Brooks, longtime Opera America employee and curriculum consultant, the training explored ways in which teachers could foster student interest in opera. The week began with an overview of opera, given by Clifford Brooks. During this overview, he offered some very helpful explanations about why opera is relevant to the […]
June 26, 2012

Opera’s future stars shine in concert

By Luisa Rodriguez Students from the Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute showcased their work in a concert presented at Morningside Presbyterian Church on June 10th. Led by Music Director and Atlanta Opera Chorus Master Walter Huff, eleven students presented arias and ensemble pieces from both popular and lesser known operas. In this nine-month professional development program, students receive coaching in preparing and auditioning for a role, selecting a music school, characterization, diction, and vocal technique. One of a few […]
June 12, 2012

TOONing up for a little [Adult Swim] ….

The Atlanta Opera’s Tim Miller appeared in some promos announcing schedule changes to the [Adult Swim] line-up on the Cartoon Network. How much fun is this?
May 22, 2012

Announcing the 2012 Atlanta Opera Volunteer Award Recipients!!

On April 23, The Atlanta Opera hosted its 2012 Volunteer Reception. It was a great honor for us to be able to express gratitude to all who donate their time to The Atlanta Opera. It is no secret that the success of our organization depends on our devoted volunteers, who believe in Atlanta and the role The Atlanta Opera plays in our community. At the event, Dennis Hanthorn recognized three individuals who have made a tremendous impact this year, and […]
May 1, 2012

Don Giovanni Highlights

The Atlanta Opera opened Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni on April 28 – to a full house. Here are some video highlights from this delightful production! Usage of any images on this blog is restricted to The Atlanta Opera and approved news websites. Any other usage, particularly for professional purposes, must have written permission. For additional information, please contact The Atlanta Opera’s Marketing Department at 404.881.8801.
April 23, 2012

Eduardo Chama serves up some Leporello . . . with gusto!

The role of Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni is wonderfully sly and humorous, wringing all the salacious fun out of his recitation of his master’s amorous conquests! But the role itself is much more complicated than that. The real skill lies in pulling out the innuendo and hidden inferences that define Giovanni and Leporello’s relationship. Who better to explore this character than Eduardo Chama, who is playing Leporello in the Atlanta Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, opening April 28. Eduardo […]
March 27, 2012

Come “Escape the Ordinary” with The Atlanta Opera

By Ellen Sturgill Last night at our Season Snapshot event, The Atlanta Opera proudly presented the three mainstage operas of the 2012-2013 Season. They are… drumroll please…        With fiery gypsies, tragic love stories, and a comedy for the ages, Atlanta audiences can expect to be transformed, transfixed, and transported through these well-known and loved operas. With this exciting season announcement, who better to give our readers a look at why these operas were chosen and what to expect than […]
March 12, 2012

Do you love Br’er Rabbit?

By Ellen Sturgill Then don’t miss this exciting new opera! For its 2011-2012 season, The Atlanta Opera commissioned a children’s opera called Rabbit Tales, and it will have your kids laughing out loud, while diving into the magical world of opera.   Rabbit Tales centers around the antics of Br’er Rabbit and his friends, and also draws on Native American, Cajun, and African folklore, providing children and adults with a culturally enriching experience.  This opera contains clever sets, fun characters, interactive scenes, […]
March 2, 2012

Sneak Peek of The Golden Ticket

By Ellen Sturgill Get ready, Atlantans, because tomorrow, you will finally get your chance to see the inside of Willy Wonka’s factory! The Atlanta Opera‘s second production of the season, The Golden Ticket, premieres tomorrow night, and it promises to be a performance like no other.  With dazzling visual effects, spectacular costumes, larger-than-life characters, beautiful music, and chocolate (lots of it), Roald Dahl’s classic story comes to life in this modern operatic adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If you […]
February 24, 2012

Behind the Scenes of The Golden Ticket

By Ellen Sturgill Mark your calendars! In a little over a week, The Atlanta Opera will be presenting one of the most fanciful operas it has ever produced.  The Golden Ticket opens on Saturday, March 3rd, and Atlanta audiences will be in for a treat – and we don’t just mean chocolate. True to Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the opera centers on the antics of four bratty children, one sweet child, and a zany […]
February 10, 2012

Q&A with Adam Cannedy, Oompa Loompa Aficionado

By Ellen Sturgill Everyone has heard of Roald Dahl’s classical book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But people may not know that composer Peter Ash and librettist Donald Sturrock took this iconic story, and turned it into a larger-than-life opera.  The Atlanta Opera is excited to bring The Golden Ticket to our stage this March.  If you love chocolate, beautiful music, and Oompa Loompas, this opera is for you.   To give readers an inside scoop on what being a […]
February 3, 2012

Reality TV with an Operatic Twist

By Ellen Sturgill Staying up all night can do some funny things to a person, and we here at The Atlanta Opera would like to share all the hilarity that ensued at the 24-Hour Opera Project! Participants in the event had to either stay up all night, or rehearse for hours to complete their opera scenes in the 24-hour period, and we captured the creative processes of our five teams through our “Confession Cam.”  Think of it as “reality TV meets Verdi.” As the weekend […]