The Atlanta Opera Blog

May 7, 2015

Toperoke & Los Trompos

We spent a beautiful evening at The High Museum of Art kicking off their entertainment series for Los Trompos (‘Spinning Tops’). We invited music lovers and fans to swing, chill and listen to beautiful arias from beloved operas in the art installations on Sifly Plaza. Toperoke, our take on Karaoke, invited listeners to choose an aria for one of our incredible chorus members to sing while spinning or sitting inside.  Thank you to our amazing chorus members! Stay tuned for […]
April 24, 2015

We’re excited to bring Three Decembers, an opera by American composer Jake Heggie, to Atlanta this May.  The contemporary opera (set in the late 20th century) will launch the Discoveries series – dedicated to audience members looking for new operatic works, new ideas, and fresh perspectives. Three Decembers, first performed at the Houston Grand Opera in 2008, is a chamber opera based on a short story by Terrance McNally. The production will be conducted by Steven Osgood and directed by Emma […]
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 […]