The Atlanta Opera Blog

September 6, 2017

Pick Up Your Q: Jennifer Larmore

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore will join us in September to sing one of her “bucket list” roles, Anna, in Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. We chatted with her about growing up in Atlanta, women and the opera industry, and her recent book, Una Voce.    You’re an Atlanta native! Where did you go to school and when did you start singing? I grew up in Southeast Atlanta where I attended H.O. Burgess Elementary school, then we moved to Marietta when I […]
August 31, 2017

Watch: The Atlanta Opera Opera Chorus Sings the National Anthem at the Braves Game

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!
August 1, 2017

Envy. Gluttony. Greed. Lust. Pride. Sloth. Wrath.

Atlanta classical radio producer and writer Noel Morris explains the history and context of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Seven Deadly Sins, which opens Sept 28 at Le Maison Rouge at Paris on Ponce.    By Noel Morris Kurt Weill was a refugee when he wrote the score to The Seven Deadly Sins. On March 22, 1933, he had dropped everything and crossed into France with his mistress and a small suitcase. A month earlier, on Feb. 18, crowds […]
July 6, 2017

Pick Up Your Q: Rolando Salazar

Music Administrator Rolando Salazar began working at The Atlanta Opera in 2015, and since then, he has worn many hats. Since the departure of longtime Chorus Master Walter Huff, Salazar has stepped in to lead The Atlanta Opera Chorus in the meantime, and recently facilitated the general auditions in June. We chatted with him about the huge task of casting chorus members, audition prep, and what makes a cohesive opera chorus.   Tell us a little about yourself: where did […]
June 22, 2017

Summer Mixtape

June 1, 2017

Pick Up Your Q: Brian Clowdus

Brian Clowdus is the Artistic Director of Serenbe Playhouse, a site-specific theatre company tucked neatly into the Sernebe community, about 40 miles south of Atlanta. He’ll join The Atlanta Opera this fall to direct Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Seven Deadly Sins, the first selection in our 2017-18 Discoveries series. We chatted with him about his love of site-specific theatre, how audiences may be transformed, and how the piece is like grand dame Joan Crawford.  How did the idea of […]
April 19, 2017

Pick Up Your Q: Marcy Stonikas (Turandot)

Marcy Stonikas has performed Turandot three times, and each time she is able to breathe new life into a truly challenging role. We chatted with her about the complexities of Turandot, what makes the character relevant today, and her favorite musical moments.   Where did you grow up, and when did you start singing? I grew up in Elmhurst, IL, which is a suburb of Chicago. I was singing as soon as I could make noise, I’m fairly certain. I […]
February 8, 2017

Don Pasquale Director’s Notes: Chuck Hudson

Photo: Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera With DON PASQUALE, Donizetti gives us champagne for music and so the comedic style in the acting must match this excellence or it would be like mixing bubbles with beer! I had the privilege of working with a master of comedy, Marcel Marceau. At his school in Paris, Marceau had us study the various styles of comedy from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte to his own comic inspirations: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and […]
January 17, 2017

Pick Up Your Q: Catalina Cuervo

Soprano Catalina Cuervo knows Maria de Buenos Aires well. She has performed the role of Maria more than anyone else, and continues to perform it yearly to critical acclaim. We sat down with the “Fiery Soprano” to chat about the music, words, and tango influence of Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires. Where did you grow up, and when did you first start singing? I was born in Medellín, Colombia. I grew up there and moved to Miami when I was 18. […]
October 25, 2016

Tomer Zvulun Director’s Notes: Seeking Humanity in War

By Tomer Zvulun From the first moment that I listened to Silent Night, it deeply touched a personal side in me. Kevin Puts’ music along with Mark Campbell’s libretto uniquely captures the dichotomy of love and WAR and creates a world that is both specific and universal at once. It captures the humanity of the characters and the comforts that friendship and music bring to the bloodiest and most inexplicable of all human experiences — WAR.   WAR, whether today in […]