The Atlanta Opera Blog

April 15, 2011

The Atlanta Opera Volunteers – We can’t do it without you….

Sara Frooman (right) accepts her Rachel Lehmann Memorial Award for her dedication to The Atlanta Opera.April 10th through 16th is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Non-profits all over the country will be honoring the men and women who help us stay afloat – in many, many ways. We will be honoring Atlanta Opera Volunteers at a reception on April 21 – stay tuned for pictures! The history of volunteerism in America is rich and complex. As long as we have been […]
April 7, 2011

ARTIST PROFILE | Matthew Plenk

Così fan tutte is Mozart’s comedic 18th century reality show, and caught in the mix is the charming, beguiling, and fairly naive, Ferrando, played by Matthew Plenk. This is Matthew’s debut with The Atlanta Opera, and already he’s making a lasting impression. All’s fair in love and war? All’s well that ends well? Let’s have Matthew help us decide, and learn a little about “real life” along the way… 1. Where do you live when you’re not traveling? I live […]
April 1, 2011

Every opera has its drama…. and its fun facts… especially Così fan tutte

You never know when you may be called upon to summon up obscure opera facts for a game of Trivial Pursuit. Have no fear… we’ve got the antidote below. Enjoy some fun facts from our upcoming production of Mozart’s mischievous and brilliant Così fan tutte. 1. Mozart’s full name was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophillus Amadeus Gottlieb Sigismundus Mozart. Theophillus, Amadeus, Gottlieb and Sigismundus all mean “beloved of God,” just in different languages. 2. Mozart was appointed concertmaster of the Archbishop […]
February 24, 2011

Get to know Michael Redding … “Porgy” in Porgy and Bess

1. Where do you live when you’re not traveling? When I’m not traveling I live in Chicago. I would travel to Chicago for auditions during my grad work, and just fell in love with the city! 3. Why did you choose to be a singer? I didn’t choose to be a singer… singing chose me! I simply wanted to be in front of an audience performing. It always felt like stage was my second home. 4. What’s the best thing […]
January 28, 2011

Indulge Your Senses During The Atlanta Opera’s 2011-2012 Season

© 2010 TOKY Branding + DesignThe Atlanta Opera’s Zurich General Director Dennis Hanthorn announced the details of the company’s 2011-2012 season, celebrating its fifth anniversary in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and welcoming Arthur Fagen as its Music Director. The Atlanta Opera’s new season will feature Donizetti’s chilling Lucia di Lammermoor; The Golden Ticket, a comic opera based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl; and Mozart’s brilliant Don Giovanni, and will be presented November […]
January 3, 2011

Diary of a self-proclaimed musical arts fanatic…

Opera is known for its fanatics. It is a rare artform that inspires and exhilarates all of the senses, and more often than not, procures life-long aficionados. But, what does it mean to be an aficionado – a true admirer and devotee of music? To guest blogger, Alex Gross, it means being an active supporter, as well as a fan. It also means enjoying the complete experience – the “spectacular sensory feast.” * * * Some people are sports fanatics, […]
December 8, 2010

Deck the Halls with Mismatched Ornaments….

Decorating The Atlanta Opera Christmas Tree is a yearly tradition which began way back in 1999. One of the staff members went out and bought a Christmas tree, but neglected to get any ornaments. The Opera staff has always been resourceful, though; they used some ribbon and leftover Atlanta Opera stickers from a mailing and created some ornaments! This is the only one of them that still exists. It now adorns our tree with the rest of the Opera family’s […]
November 23, 2010

An Opera About… Pirates?

In addition to mounting a new experiment with the 24-Hour Opera Project amid the madness of National Opera Week, we in The Atlanta Opera Education Department also had our hands full managing a band of pirates. Add in some young, enthusiastic lads and lassies, and what do you have? A rollicking good time! For National Opera Week, we took our studio touring show, The Pirates of Penzance, into the community and welcomed a new, younger audience to the exciting world […]
November 8, 2010

24-Hour Opera Project… in 25 hours!

Daylight savings time is only annoying when you’re not trying to create, produce, and perform a 10 minute opera in 24 hours! That extra hour meant the mayhem and joys of the creative process could last a little longer, and we all could revel in good ole’ fashioned fun — with a hint of drama and a few death scenes… oh, and a rubber chicken. You’ve probably heard by now that The Atlanta Opera embarked on a little experiment called […]
October 29, 2010

Halloween …. Atlanta Opera style!

And the winner is… Stephanie… for “getting her Frida on!” Where’s the monkey? The Atlanta Opera gang in all their costume glory. The phantom helps this young lady pay off her student loans. If you donate to The Atlanta Opera, you can get a palm reading! Ashley Ga Ga, Hera, and Frida. Mr. Strange. Rae and her “white lies.” She really DOES want to work this weekend… Frida and Bret, the astronaut, plan a trip to Mars — but WAIT…. […]