The Atlanta Opera Blog

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 […]
May 26, 2011

The Atlanta Opera Honors its Volunteers

April 10-16, 2011 was National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Non-profits all over the country honored the men and women who help us stay afloat – in many, many ways. We honored Atlanta Opera Volunteers at a reception on April 21, 2011 at The Atlanta Opera Center in Atlanta, GA. Without a doubt, The Atlanta Opera’s Volunteers are instrumental to our survival, and we are grateful for those who devote their time to The Atlanta Opera Family. The gift of time and […]
May 2, 2011

Industry Trends from an Intern’s Point of View

Our spring interns are nearing the end of their term here at The Atlanta Opera, so we’ve asked them to think about what they will take away as they move on to their next adventure. In this post, intern Victor McMillan gives opera lovers something to talk about – production trends in the industry – and opens the floor for discussion. *** One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as an intern at The Atlanta Opera over the past […]
April 21, 2011

A Day in the Life of an Atlanta Opera Intern

In this week’s edition of The Atlanta Opera Blog, intern Ashli Cribb channels Matt Lauer and answers everything you could ever want to know about a day in the life of an Atlanta Opera Intern. * * * In early February, I began my tutelage in the life lessons of becoming an arts administrator. In case I have managed to hold anyone in suspense for a line, I must confess now, that I am one of the two new interns […]
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, […]