The Atlanta Opera Blog

April 3, 2018

Welcome to Out of Darkness: Two Remain | An Opera in Two Acts

“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 […]
March 29, 2018

Pick Up Your Q: Tom Key

Veteran Atlanta actor Tom Key was last seen at The Atlanta Opera as Pasha Selim in The Abduction from the Seraglio. As the Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit, he helped to pave the way for a multidisciplinary collaboration on Out of Darkness: Two Remain, which fuses opera with theatre and dance, and will be performed at the 200-seat Balzer Theater at Herren’s/Theatrical Outfit in Downtown Atlanta. In Out of Darkness: Two Remain, Tom is Gad Beck, a gay German Jew who is […]
March 28, 2018

The Love Story of Gad Beck and Manfred Lewin

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 […]
March 21, 2018

Krystyna Żywulska and What It Took to Survive

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 […]
March 15, 2018

Out of one horror, many stories

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 […]
February 16, 2018

Santiago Ballerini Interview

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?).
February 12, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-19 season!

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 […]
January 3, 2018

Chorus Spotlight: Mitch Gindlesperger

For the next installment of our Spotlight series, we chatted with Georgia native Mitch Gindlesperger, who has sung with The Atlanta Opera Chorus for 19 years (with an 11 year hiatus) as a bass. He was last seen on the mainstage as a German soldier in Silent Night (2016). Roles: Antonio, Le Nozze di Figaro Wolf/Woodsman, Little Red Riding Hood Second Solider, Salome Majordomo, La Rondine Armed Man, Magic Flute Old Gypsy, Il Trovotore Herald, Otello Herald, Rigoletto (twice) Second […]
November 3, 2017

Pick Up Your Q: Olivia Vote

Mezzo-soprano Olivia Vote makes her Atlanta Opera debut as Mary in a new production of The Flying Dutchman. We chatted with her about Mary’s thoughts on Senta’s love interest, her process for each role, and what she watches during her down time.    Where did you grow up and when did you start singing? I grew up in St. Mary’s, MD where both of my parents worked at St. Mary’s College. My dad is a professor of voice and a […]
October 5, 2017

Orchestra Spotlight: Richard Brady

Richard Brady Bass Trombone Richard Brady has played bass trombone in The Atlanta Opera Orchestra for 32 years, and principal trombone for two seasons. He answered a few quickfire questions in our new Spotlight series for orchestra and chorus. The Atlanta Opera: What is your favorite Atlanta Opera production you’ve played? Richard Brady: Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss AO: What do you do when you’re not playing or practicing the trombone? RB: This has changed as I have gotten older. Before: […]