The Atlanta Opera Blog

April 22, 2015

High School Opera Institute

The Atlanta Opera and Emory University are pleased to offer High School Opera Institute, a one-week intensive study program on the Emory campus, designed for rising 10th-12th grade singers.  Classes include:• Individual and group vocal coaching; diction• Yoga and stretching; movement and characterization• Audition techniques; vocal health• Resume writing; college and career discussion sessions.  Using the audition process as a focus, students receive feedback throughout the week, which culminates in a final mock audition, presented in front of parents and […]
April 1, 2015

Pick Up Your Q: Stage Director Tara Faircloth

You’re a Georgia native. What is it like to direct a show so close to home? To be perfectly honest, I’ve been so focused on staging the show, I’ve hardly taken a moment to soak it all in!  However, it has been quite a few years since I’ve been on the East Coast in the spring, and I had forgotten how perfectly breathtaking it is when everything starts blooming.  This is such a gorgeous city… it is a real pleasure […]
March 10, 2015

Tomer Zvulun Welcomes you to The Marriage of Figaro

February 17, 2015

24-Hour Opera Project Recap Video

February 7, 2015

Pick Up Your Q: Lighting Designer Robert Wierzel

Did you grow up going to the theatre?  No, not really. I grew up on the far end of Staten Island during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. I remember thinking at the time that NYC was very far away. My parents were not the theatre-going type. In fact, I remember only one experience. It was during one of the holiday seasons. My parents took us to see the Radio City Christmas show (I believe I was 7, 8 years old […]
February 3, 2015

Join the Adventure in our 2015-16 Season!

On February 3rd, we unveiled our lineup for the coming 2015-16 season. We invite you to Join the Adventure as we embark on both the imaginative journeys of the operas, as well as the new pathways that opera in Atlanta has taken in recent years. The operas we have planned will take you on adventures around the world and into an exotic realm of beauty and heartbreak.  We open our mainstage season at the Cobb Energy Centre with a fresh […]
February 2, 2015

An Entire Opera Written and Performed in 24 Hours?

It all began and ended with four simple colors: pink, purple, orange, and green. It was a rainy Friday morning at 9 o’clock, and a raw chill seemed to hush the usual whir of cars speeding down Peachtree. The drizzle dampened the brick exterior of First Presbyterian with a fresh coat of dew. Inside, four composers and four librettists, some veterans and some newbies, sat wondering with whom they would be paired. Four colors sat in a basket, each hand […]
December 16, 2014

Pick Up Your Q: Costume Designer Vita Tzykun

Where did you grow up?  I was born and raised in Odessa (former USSR) which is now Ukraine. A year before the USSR fell apart, my family immigrated to Israel, where I finished school and got a B.F.A. in design for theater at Tel Aviv University. Then I moved to the U.S. to complete my M.F.A. in costume design for stage, and production design for film. It’s been a fascinating journey to live in three countries that are so extremely […]
November 4, 2014

Pick Up Your Q: Sara Erde, Associate Stage Director/Choreographer for Madama Butterfly

How did you and Tomer meet? I met Tomer in 2009 when we both collaborated on Richard Eyre’s hit production of Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. I was assisting choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and Tomer was assisting Richard. It was one of those times in creating opera when everything is magical and everyone respects and adores each other! Tomer took over the directorial reigns when Carmen was revived so we spent many years together creating and recreating the passion and desperation […]
September 24, 2014

Pick Up Your Q: Percussionist Michael Cebulski

How long have you been with The Atlanta Opera? Since the late 1970s. There have been several reincarnations. The stability of the last 20 years has been a great blessing to the city, as well as patrons and practitioners of this art form. At what age did you know that you wanted to be a percussionist, and how did that come about? I began playing drums in the third grade. My parents, on limited income, were visionaries in having all […]