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Posted April 15, 2020


Posted April 3, 2020

The spring productions of Madama Butterfly and Glory Denied, originally scheduled for May 2020, are postponed to later dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Madama Butterfly will be rescheduled and presented as part of a festival of two works by Giacomo Puccini in November alongside the 2020-21 season-opening production, La bohème (November 7-15). Madama Butterfly will take place November 12, 14, and 17 in a slightly reduced staging, in order to accommodate the production concurrently with La bohème. Both productions will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Glory Denied, by Tom Cipullo, based on the book by Tom Philpott, is postponed to a date yet to be determined. As part of The Atlanta Opera’s commitment to American operas and particularly those addressing veterans issues, Glory Denied was originally scheduled in late May at the Hertz Stage at The Woodruff Arts Center.

Ticketholders for both productions will be contacted individually.


Posted March 26, 2020

Information surrounding COVID-19 is changing daily.  Please stay informed by going to the web site for the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.  If you feel ill or have other questions regarding COVID-19, contact your health provider or one of the established Atlanta area health care facilities.

We care deeply about our community and have your health and safety as our highest priority.  We hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe.  We look forward to bringing the power of music and drama back to your life.


Posted March 19, 2020

The following message was sent to patrons who attended the Tuesday, March 10th performance of Porgy and Bess:

It has come to our attention through reports in the media, that a patron who also attended the performance on Tuesday, March 10 has tested positive for COVID-19. Though this patient stated she was without symptoms at the time she attended, the diagnosis was verified six days later. 

We have worked with Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre to contact local public health officials and the US Centers for Disease Control regarding the incident. They are aware of the case and because the patron was not symptomatic during her time in the theatre, Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department would like us to relay that, based on current information, they do not believe there is any risk of transmission from this patron.  

Why are we contacting you? We feel it is important to be transparent about known public health information that may help you in your healthcare decision-making at this time. Our patrons are at the center of what we do. Should you have questions, we advise contacting local health authorities for instruction.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Porgy and Bess

Posted March 16, 2020

The Atlanta Opera is devoted to the health and safety of our audience, artists, staff and collaborators.

We have been monitoring the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic, relying on information from local authorities as well as our partners and colleagues. Last week, we made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining performances of Porgy and Bess on Friday, March 13 and Sunday, March 15.

If you were a ticket holder to the performances of Porgy and Bess, please know that the full value of your tickets for these performances has been credited to your account. You may call us at any time in the coming weeks to indicate your preference for one of the following three options.

  1. Donate your tickets and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value. Ticket donations can be made by e-mailing us at tickets@atlantaopera.org or calling 404-881-8885.
  1. Exchange your tickets for a gift certificate, which can be used at any time through the next season.
  1. Receive a refund for the value of the tickets.

We hope you will consider donating the value of your tickets to The Atlanta Opera. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on charitable donations to fund our mission and support our artists. We are committed to paying our artists for the hard work they have done in preparing for Porgy and Bess. You can help us.

Thank you for supporting The Atlanta Opera.

Updates to Community Events

Studio Tour: Hansel and Gretel

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s recent order to close schools through end of school year, The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour performances of Hansel and Gretel have been canceled. Virtual classroom resources are available here.

Please contact education@atlantaopera.org with questions or concerns.

Final Dress Rehearsal: Madama Butterfly

After careful consideration and with the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and performers top of mind, we have decided to postpone the spring production of Madama Butterfly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Final Dress Rehearsal scheduled for April 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm has been canceled. More information about the postponement can be found here: www.atlantaopera.org/coronavirus/
Virtual classroom resources are available here.

Concert: Rhythm of the Roots

Postponed to June 27, 2020 at 7pm

Join Challenge the Stats for a free concert that will features classical performance, spoken word, and interactive conversation to honor often-overlooked cultural history in the arts and to spark dialogue founded on truth and justice. Atlanta Opera Studio artist, soprano Jouelle Roberson will perform. FREE and open to the public.
More information: http://challengethestats.org/roots/

Lecture: History of Opera in Atlanta with Special Guest Alfred Kennedy

Postponed to a later date to be announced

Join Alfred Kennedy, opera lover and former Executive Director and Board Member of The Atlanta Opera, to learn about the history of opera in Atlanta. FREE and open to the public, this event is part of the Atlanta Preservation Center’s 2020 Phoenix Flies Festival, a celebration of Atlanta’s historic sites – it will take place at the Atlanta Preservation Center’s L.P. Grant Mansion.
The 2020 Phoenix Flies Festival has been canceled. More information here:http://www.atlantapreservationcenter.com/phoenix_flies