The Atlanta Opera Blog

September 24, 2010

Children’s Chorus? Do We Need a New Name?

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen — fans of The Atlanta Opera — after a 5 month hiatus, our blog is up and running again. So much is happening around here, and we are thrilled to be sharing the ins-and-outs of our company with you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder…. or so they say. Have you missed us? As many of you know, we open our 31st season on October 2 with Puccini’s LA BOHEME. So romantic, so sad, so…. many […]
May 10, 2010

Life as a Supernumerary: An Insider’s View of The Magic Flute

In April I discovered one of the best kept secrets in all of opera-going. And that is the opportunity to be a supernumerary. Supers are the folks standing around holding spears, or the officers come to arrest the tenor, etc. They are typically a function of the set more than a character in the story. I was invited to be one of fourteen supers in the Atlanta Opera’s The Magic Flute. This experience would turn out to be the operatic […]
April 23, 2010

The Magic Flute Production Photos!

Photographer Tim Wilkerson took some great photos last night during the Final Dress Rehearsal of The Magic Flute, so here’s a sneak peek: The three ladies and Tamino (Sean Panikkar): Papageno (Hugh Russell) and the bird puppets: The Queen of the Night (Kathleen Kim): The Queen of the Night (Kathleen Kim) and Tamino (Sean Panikkar): Sarastro (Denis Sedov) and Pamina (Nicole Cabell): The three genies and Tamino (Sean Panikkar): Tamino (Sean Panikkar) with his flute: Papageno (Hugh Russell) and Papagena […]
April 21, 2010

Interview with Baritone Hugh Russell

A singer known not only for his vocal skills but also for his engaging acting, baritone Hugh Russell sings the role of Papageno in The Atlanta Opera’s current production of The Magic Flute. Recently, we sat down with Hugh to talk about his career in opera, the difficulty of performing comedy onstage, and his take on Atlanta. TAO: You were a comic hit as Dandini in The Atlanta Opera’s 2008 production of Rossini’s Cinderella. How is performing comic roles different […]
April 19, 2010

Video: Stage Director Tomer Zvulun

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our upcoming production of The Magic Flute in this video interview with Stage Director Tomer Zvulun!
March 26, 2010

Help Figaro Get Married!

I’m always excited when Jason Hardy comes to sing with us because I sang in choir with him when we were both undergrads at Emory University, so it feels like a class reunion. He’s exactly the same guy now that he was back then – talented, handsome, fun, and so, so nice. He’s got a great work ethic, too, which is another reason we love having him here (and possibly the reason he’s an opera singer and I just sell […]
March 23, 2010

Getting to Know Soprano Nicole Cabell

Looking forward to our production of The Magic Flute, we’re getting very excited about all the singers who will be new to The Atlanta Opera stage, including soprano Nicole Cabell. Nicole, our Pamina in Flute, quickly gained fame after winning the 2005 BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff and has been rising in the world of opera ever since. Check out this video on her debut album: Also, read up on Nicole Cabell in this great Met interview […]
March 9, 2010

Pre-Performance Entertainment

If you attended one of our performances of Aida, you no doubt noticed the great student musicians who played in the lobby beforehand. For our opening night performance on Saturday, February 27, we were joined by a woodwind quintet made up of players from the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra. Especially popular were the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, which played before last Friday’s performance: At Sunday’s matinee, we enjoyed hearing a string quartet from the Cobb Youth Symphony Orchestra. We want […]
February 26, 2010

Aida Production Photos!

Photographer Tim Wikerson was on hand at our Final Dress Rehearsal of Aida last night to take some photos for us, so take a sneak-peek! Mark Delavan (Amonasro) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Aida): Morris Robinson (Ramfis): Kenneth Kellogg (King of Egypt): Mary Elizabeth Williams (Aida) and Antonello Palombi (Radames): Elizabeth Bishop (Amneris):
February 23, 2010

Q&A with Mary Elizabeth Williams, our Aida

Since Soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams is singing her very first Aida here with us, we want to give you a chance to get to know her a bit better. A resident of Philadelphia (when she’s not on the road), Williams answered the following questions for us: What was your first opera experience?I’m not exactly sure, to be honest. I remember that a group of young opera singers came to my elementary school and put on a show for us, which […]