The Atlanta Opera Blog

April 23, 2024

Tomer Zvulun’s Five Things about “Die Walküre”

Tomer Zvulun, Artistic & General Director of The Atlanta Opera chooses his FIVE THINGS you need to know about Die  Walküre by Richard Wagner. NUMBER 1:  How does Die Walküre fit into the full Ring cycle of four music dramas? Der Ring des Niebelungen (the Ring) is a tetralogy that includes four operas: Das Rheingold (“The Rhine Gold”), Die Walküre (“The Valkyrie”), Siegfried, and Gotterdammerung  (“Twilight of the Gods”). Interestingly, Wagner called Das Rheingold “voreabend” — a preview or prelude. He named Die Walküre” erstabend”  — the first […]
April 6, 2020

Digital Learning Resources for Opera at Home

This blog post provides resources for educators, parents, students and the community to learn about opera. Intro to Opera Learn more about opera, visit Opera 101 on The Atlanta Opera website Check out the Opera 101 Educator Guide Visit the Met Guild for additional videos and activities Hansel and Gretel In accordance with Governor Kemp’s recent order to close schools through the end of the 2019-20 school year, The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour performances of Hansel and Gretel have been […]
October 7, 2019

Studio Spotlight: Bryn Holdsworth

What year/season were you a member of the Atlanta Opera Studio? 2016-2018 seasons! What made you want to audition for The Atlanta Opera? What pieces did you choose? I wanted to audition for The Atlanta Opera initially because I had worked with Tomer years before and knew what interesting, extraordinary productions he puts on the stage. The caliber of singers that come to Atlanta is so inspiring, and I wanted to learn from and be a part of that. I […]
August 7, 2019

National Book Lovers Day

It’s National Book Lovers Day! Find out what Atlanta Opera team members are reading, and get inspired to crack open one of their suggestions. We can’t all be Bill Gates or Barack Obama, but we can try. Happy reading! Holly Hanchey | Director of Marketing I am really into memoirs right now, and I finished the latest in my collection of real-life stories in about 24 hours, because I could not put it down. Educated by Tara Westover tells her […]
July 19, 2019

Studio Spotlight: Jonathan Bryan

Originally from Dallas, Texas, baritone Jonathan Bryan will enter his second year as a Studio artist in the 2019-20 season. We caught up with him for #StudioSaturday to find out what he’s looking forward to in 19-20, his favorite place for good eats in ATL, and his advice for Studio newbies. What have you been up to this summer? This summer, I’m returning to The Glimmerglass Festival for my second summer as a young artist with the company. I’m singing […]
April 17, 2019

Love: The Ecstasy and The Burden

by Noel Morris Last year, there were 867 performances of La traviata worldwide. It was by far the most performed opera. And with ravishing music amplifying a powerful, character-driven story, it’s no surprise. A hundred years ago, audiences most likely viewed Violetta Valéry as a disreputable woman who was curiously and uncomfortably compelling. For them, La traviata was a tale of redemption. Today, people admire Violetta. She has fortitude and an astonishingly benevolent spirit in the face of a nauseatingly […]