The Atlanta Opera Blog

November 11, 2015

Pick Up Your Q with Alan Higgs

You may know Alan Higgs from his role in The Marriage of Figaro as Antonio, or his dual role in La bohème as Alcindoro and Benoit. This season, he will sing the iconic role of the Pirate King in Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. As part of the Studio Tour, Higgs will perform in front of hundreds of students in schools across Atlanta and the greater metropolitan area. We caught up with Alan to learn more about […]
November 6, 2015

Behind the Scenes with Matthew Worth

 Baritone Matthew Worth (who sings the role of the Soldier in “Soldier Songs”) opens up about his biggest influences, his real connection with Lieutenant Audebert (Silent Night), and his love for live theater. He also shares four words of sage advice for up-and-coming artists. The Atlanta Opera: Did you grow up around opera? Matthew Worth: Nope. We were more of a folk & rock music house. There was a lot of Paul Simon, Peter Paul & Mary, Billy Joel, and James […]
October 19, 2015

The Atlanta Opera Ball

The 2015 Opera Ball was a masked affair held at the St. Regis Atlanta. Ball Chair Mary Calhoun hosted the fabuluous evening with The Opera, which honored Martha Thompson Dinos. The night was filled with dancing, dining, live & silent auctions, and performances by Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and Tenor Russell Thomas. Photos by Ninh Chau. Usage of any images on this blog is restricted to The Atlanta Opera and approved news websites. Any other usage, particularly for professional purposes, must […]
October 8, 2015

On the Road with Nicholas Brownlee

The Atlanta Opera: How do you balance getting into character in each production while making yourself comfortable in a new city?  Nicholas Brownlee: I actually think this could be the hardest part of the career: Getting settled in a new city. I always find the closet Target, subway and pharmacy immediately, that always helps me feel acquainted with the area I am in and…it’s TARGET. What do you think of Atlanta? Any particular place, meal, or adventure stick out so […]
October 5, 2015

A Life of Travel with Leah Partridge

The Atlanta Opera: How do you balance getting into character in each production while making yourself comfortable in a new city?  Leah Partridge: I find it easy now because I have been doing this for 13 years. Being on the road gives me time to be alone and that is when my creativity and ideas have space to flow. However, I am singing at home now and I find that because I am not struggling with trying to find the […]
September 30, 2015

The Traveling Performer’s Life: Maria Luigia Borsi

Atlanta Opera: How do you balance getting into character in each production while making yourself comfortable in a new city? Maria Luigia Borsi: In general, I can say that I am a person that has trouble dealing with change, maybe because I come from a country where there are unchanged monuments and traditions that have been around for thousands of years. On the other hand, the life I live is a non-stop adventure, full of new people, new places and different […]
September 30, 2015

Gianluca Terranova: Life on the Road

The Atlanta Opera: How do you balance getting into character in each production while making yourself comfortable in a new city? Gianluca Terranova: Every time I go to a different city, I filter my character with the director and the conductor and the rest of the cast. I need a good team to do my job, because I believe in teamwork. when I have that, then I can put all my experience and my passion to work to give it […]
August 27, 2015

The Discoveries Series “Discovers Atlanta” at Wax n’ Facts

Rolando Salazar (Assistant Conductor/Music Administrator) The Discoveries series continued to “Discover Atlanta” at Wax n’ Facts record shop in the heart of Little 5 Points. Over the course of a wax-meltingly hot afternoon, Rolando Salazar (Assistant Conductor/Musical Administrator) set out to pick his 5 favorite recordings of all time. Rolando is a highly trained chorus master and pianist, and true Texan. Which means we already expected a real curatorial bonanza. Still, he didn’t hesitate to surprise with his final Top 5 albums.  Enjoy, […]
August 21, 2015

Light and Sound: David Adam Moore Has Something to Say

This season, we open our Discoveries series with Winter Journey (Winterreise). Staying true to the Discoveries mission to find new works and new perspectives, we will bring David Adam Moore to Atlanta to sing the lead role and to serve as production designer of this production. Opera News praised Moore for his “consistent delivery of beauty.” You can expect this, and more, in September. We asked David about his upbringing, his dual role, and how we listen to (and experience) […]
August 4, 2015

Winter Journey (Winterreise)

Our 2015-16 season opens with a theatrical version of Franz Schubert’s famed song cycle Winter Journey (Winterreise). This opera is a romantic journey that includes two cycles of songs telling the story of unrequited love, written by Schubert in 1827. The piece has the dramatic and emotional effect of a full opera when sung by a great singer and accompanied by a theatrical, visually arresting production. Here’s a bit of what you can expect to see:  This production is essentially an […]