The Atlanta Opera Blog

November 6, 2013

The Atlanta Opera Partners with The Breman for Music of the Holocaust

“Despite the horrors of the Holocaust, there were islands of humanity in the midst of the greatest atrocities…”  -Arthur Fagen, Atlanta Opera Music Director and son of Holocaust survivors November 9th, 1938.  It’s been 75 years since Kristallnacht, a night of terror that heralded the Holocaust and saw the incarceration of over 30,000 Jews in concentration camps.  A series of coordinated attacks across Germany and Austria, the term Kristallnacht or the “Night of Broken Glass” came about due to the […]
November 1, 2013

The Atlanta Opera’s Fourth Annual 24-Hour Opera Project®

Let the madness begin!  We’re calling it a creative science project where Verdi meets reality TV.  In just a few hours, composers, lyricists, singers and stage directors will gather for the kick-off of the Atlanta Opera’s fourth annual 24-Hour Opera Project® (24HOP). The participating composers and lyricists will be given a theme and props they must use in their composition, and then they’ll be randomly paired and corralled together overnight to write an opera scene.  The next morning, bright and […]
October 7, 2013

Opera… It’s Complicated.

By Alison Moritz Opera is complicated – that’s why we love it. But it takes a lot of effort, expertise, and patience to coordinate all the elements of a given production. In the end, everything comes together in the crucial week before opening night. Here’s a behind-the-scenes breakdown of Tech Week for the Atlanta Opera’s current production of Tosca (running through October 13): Thursday, September 26: Final Room Run After weeks of finessing musical and staging choices in the rehearsal […]
October 2, 2013

Behind the Scenes: Finding the Truth in TOSCA’s ‘Te Deum’

By Alison Moritz At its core, Tosca is an opera about truth and lies. Most of us know the double-crossing and misdirection involved in the plot, but the theme of truth in Tosca goes much deeper than just the story. First of all, Tosca is what musicologists call a verismo opera. The word itself is derived from the Italian word “vero” (meaning truth), which stems from the same Latin root as words like verisimilitude and veracity. Truth in opera? What […]
September 27, 2013

WE WANT YOU… to participate in the 24-Hour Opera Project!

Calling all composers, lyricists, stage directors and opera singers! The Atlanta Opera is now accepting applications for the fourth annual 24-Hour Opera Project®, November 1 & 2, 2013. Think of it as a creative science project where Verdi meets reality TV! Applications are due September 30! Who can participate? Composers, lyricists, stage directors and singers may apply (experience required, must be at least 18 years of age). Download the appropriate application below: http://www.atlantaopera.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=43246695 What are we talking about? Composers and […]
September 23, 2013

Dining with the Devil: A Foodie’s Guide to Tosca…

The setting of Tosca in Rome opens up so many gastronomic possibilities! In the case of Tosca, it’s fun to speculate about what the characters were actually eating, and in the case of a fantastic evening with friends, we would like to propose a few recipes to get you in the mood before you come see it at the Cobb Energy Centre, October 5 to 13. Cavaradossi’s Lunch Basket
… Tosca’s lover, Cavaradossi, had a basket lunch brought to him by the church […]
September 2, 2013

Get to Know Boyce and Shepard Ansley, the Honorees of The 2013 Atlanta Opera Ball: Puccini’s Palazzo

Shepard and Boyce Ansley The Honorary Chairs of The 2013 Atlanta Opera Ball: Puccini’s Palazzo are Boyce and Shepard Ansley, long-time supporters of The Atlanta Opera. Through their time, generous gifts and fundraising efforts, they have taken an active role in ensuring the success of the Opera throughout its 34-year history. The Atlanta Civic Opera, later renamed The Atlanta Opera, was created when two local opera companies merged in 1979.  Financially struggling from the on-set, a planned season was cancelled […]
June 4, 2013

The Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute: Planting the Seeds for an Opera Career

Guest Blogger: Kaitlyn Johnson I am a rising junior vocal performance major at Rice University, and very proud alumna of the 2011 High School Opera Institute (HSOI).  Our end-of-year performance remains one of my all-time favorite moments in my vocal career, and I’m extremely excited to perform in the program again as an alumna this Sunday, June 9th. While the performance represents an exciting and entertaining culmination to the program, the High School Opera Institute offers so much to aspiring young […]
May 14, 2013

From the Desk of Rae Weimer

My name is Rae Weimer and I am the associate director of development at The Atlanta Opera.  In my role I work alongside a group of fundraising professionals who share the common goal of establishing meaningful relationships with friends who support The Atlanta Opera. Thanks to the support of our loyal patrons and donors – in other words – you, the 2012-2013 Atlanta Opera season was a great success!   You experienced the magic of live opera, the spine-tingling music, […]
April 24, 2013

Opera!  True Atlanta Story The Atlanta Opera takes you behind the scenes as only we can. Brandon Odom tells you what it’s like to be a member of The Atlanta Opera Chorus…   Brandon Odom, member of Atlanta Opera Chorus can next be seen in The Italian Girl in Algiers – April 27 & 30, May 3 & 5 Tell us a little bit about yourself…. where are you from, how did you get into singing opera?  I came to […]