The Atlanta Opera Blog

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 […]
January 24, 2012

A Weekend of Accidental Affairs…

By Ellen Sturgill With teddy bears, bugles, rolling pins, and “Accidental Affairs” setting the scene, the second-annual 24-Hour Opera Project was a success.  Contestants from all over the United States came to Atlanta to compete in the whirlwind of operatic chaos, and create what turned out to be five dramatic, hilarious, and innovative opera scenes. It all began with the Kick-Off party on Friday night at 5:00 p.m., where the composers and lyricists selected props from an assortment of bags […]
January 17, 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Tune in to the 24-Hour Opera Project

By Ellen Sturgill The second-annual 24-Hour Opera Project is almost here, and you only have to wait three more days for all the chaos and creativity to begin! The event starts this Friday, January 20th at 5:00 p.m.,  with the Launch Party, where teams will be randomly selected, and the theme for the compositions will be revealed.  All of this craziness will lead up to the Showcase performance on Saturday, January 21st at 7:00 p.m.  The will be your chance to see the contestants’ […]
January 9, 2012

We’re Going Live!

By Ellen Sturgill The fastest-paced event of the season is just around the corner! So brace yourselves, for the second annual  24-Hour Opera Project! Beginning on January 20th at 5:00 p.m., composers, lyricists, stage directors, and singers from all over the United States are randomly put into teams, and have 24 hours to compose, stage, and rehearse a 10-minute opera! Following the caffeine-fueled rehearsals, the teams will perform their creations in front of a panel of judges including: Stephanie Adrian, Voice […]
December 21, 2011

Move over Sugar Plums…

By Ellen Sturgill Chocolate bars are dancing around our heads here at The Atlanta Opera! What do you get when you mix opera with five children, one zany confectioner, a dash of magic, and lots and lots of chocolate bars? The Atlanta Opera’s second opera of the season, The Golden Ticket!  This new and delightful opera is based on Roald Dahl’s beloved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and will take you on a journey into the magical world of Willy Wonka’s […]
December 16, 2011

Opera at Warp Speed!

By Ellen Sturgill Are you dying to break into the opera world? Have you been wishing for an opportunity to showcase your music, talent, and skills? Would you love to be a reality TV star like Snookie, Donald Trump, and the Kardashians? Well, we can’t really help you with that last aspiration, but here at The Atlanta Opera, we have the perfect opportunity for those of you looking to let your voices be heard! Presenting the second annual… The 24-Hour […]
December 7, 2011

Sing we joyous, all together!

By Ellen Sturgill The Atlanta Opera has already decked its halls, and we are now ready to “fa, la, la” this holiday season! If you’re wondering how you can get into the holiday spirit, look no further than The Atlanta Opera Holiday Concert. In our third annual holiday concert, eight selected soloists from The Atlanta Opera Chorus will be performing at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. The ensemble will be joined by organist Peter Marshall, and conducted by Atlanta Opera Chorus […]
November 18, 2011

Check out these “crazy-good” reviews…

By Ellen Sturgill Here at The Atlanta Opera, we love all the positive press we’re receiving about this season’s opening production, Lucia di Lammermoor, but we are especially excited to hear from our loyal patrons and subscribers! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Below are some of our favorite reviews! © Tim Wilkerson “It was absolutely fabulous!! The music was spinning in my head all night. This is probably my favorite performance. And, I must say, that it […]