The Atlanta Opera Blog

September 23, 2011

I Could’ve Danced All Night!

By Ellen Sturgill Glamour and excitement were in the air at The 2011 Atlanta Opera Ball. Last Saturday, opera-lovers came together at the St. Regis-Atlanta for a night of good food, great music, wonderful people, and lots of fun! The ballroom was stunning with design provided by Tony Brewer and Company and truly captured this year’s theme of “Indulge Your Senses.” Guests at the Ball were able to participate in silent and live auctions, partake in a gourmet dinner, and […]
September 14, 2011

“The Walter Huff Magic…”

By Ellen Sturgill Elegant gowns swirl on the dance floor. The smell of a fabulous dinner wafts through the air. A rush of excitement and anticipation hits as The Atlanta Opera’s talented singers perform selections from the quickly approaching season. These are just a few of the sights, sounds, and experiences that one can expect on September 17th at The 2011 Atlanta Opera Ball: “Indulge Your Senses.” Always a stunning event, this year’s celebration is held at The St. Regis […]
August 26, 2011

“I’ll tell you a rabbit story…”

By Lauren Turner For the first time ever, The Atlanta Opera has commissioned a children’s opera for the 2011-2012 Studio Tour! The opera is called Rabbit Tales, and is based on the whimsical Br’er Rabbit stories made famous by Joel Chandler Harris. Many of you have probably heard the news already, but we wanted to share with you a little bit about the process of commissioning, writing, and premiering Rabbit Tales, and how excited we’ve been to see this idea […]
August 8, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES with Ashley Gilleland, Accounting Manager

In our last BEHIND THE SCENES feature, we speak with Ashley Gilleland, our Accounting Manager. I bet you didn’t know we have one of those! We do, and she’s terrific. Ashley keeps us in line and organized, and makes sure all our financial ducks are in a row and accounted for. But it’s not just about crunching numbers. Ashley also helps us manage our database, and assists us with documenting pivotal financial information needed to keep us running smoothly. These […]
August 1, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES with Michael Benedict, Production Manager

Sets, lights, props, and stagehands do not just magically appear. In the newest blog post, Atlanta Opera Production Manager, Michael Benedict, sheds some light on the role he plays in making spellbinding opera happen. 1. What is a Production Manager? What do you do? A production manager is primarily responsible for managing budgets, schedules, and personnel. I organize and manage all of the pieces that make up the physical side of the production: scenery, electrics, sound, costumes, props, wigs & […]
July 15, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES | The Atlanta Opera’s “One-Stop Design Shop,” Dallas Duncan Franklin

1. What is your role with The Atlanta Opera? I am the Creative Services Manager for The Atlanta Opera, which means that I am responsible for the creation and production of all print, advertising, exhibition, emarketing, and web materials for the organization. I have been in my current position for the past three years, and have eight years of experience working as a professional designer. 2. What is your background and experience, and what led you here? Prior to moving […]
July 8, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES with “Captain Itinerary…”

Have you ever wondered who handles all those pesky details for our major social events of the season? Who comes up with creative partnerships, barters with vendors, and rallies the troops to make these events fun and efficient? Her name is Amanda Wilborn… otherwise known as “Captain Itinerary,” and she’s taking over the planet, one event at a time… Let’s see what she has to say about what it’s like to be an Event Manager at The Atlanta Opera. Enjoy! […]
June 24, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES with Emmalee Iden, Director of Education

1. What is your role in the organization? I am the Director of Education. I manage all of the company’s education and outreach initiatives. 2. What are the education offerings at the Opera? We have educational programs for young children all the way through adulthood. Our programs are divided into four categories: Programs for children and families, In-school programs, professional development, and community programs. Programs for children and families: Include Opera Family Day, Girl Scout workshops, and other similar programs […]
June 17, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES with Greg Carraway, Foundation and Grants Manager

Producing operas and educational outreach programs takes a village, and here at The Atlanta Opera we have a talented group of people who work “behind the scenes” to ensure that the art that sings continues to flourish in the Atlanta community. For those of you who have ever asked, “How’d they do that?” these next installments of The Atlanta Opera Blog are just for you! This week we go BEHIND THE SCENES with Greg Carraway, our Foundation and Grants Manager. […]
June 8, 2011

We laughed, we cried, and we applauded the future of opera….

On Sunday, June 5 at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, graduates from The Atlanta Opera’s High School Opera Institute showcased their work in a performance featuring arias and small ensemble pieces from some of opera’s greatest works. The High School Opera Institute is the only preparatory program of its kind offered by an opera company in the nation. Participants in this eight-month program attend monthly workshops and vocal coachings on topics that include: preparing and auditioning for a role; selecting […]