Another Sunrise: Identity & Conflict

An evening of Music & Reflection

Temple / Atlanta Opera Members: $18
Community members: $25
Tickets available through The Temple

Join us leading up to Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, for Identity & Conflict—featuring Another Sunrise and post-concert panel discussion.

To save her life, a Jewish woman during WWII denies her identity. Her story is portrayed in Another Sunrise by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer. The question of identity during conflict has impacted Jews for centuries and the struggle affects many others as well.

The Atlanta Opera presents this work honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls during The Opera’s mainstage performances of Die Walküre by Richard Wagner (a controversial anti-Semite whose works are effectively banned in Israel to this day).

Esther Tonea—Soloist

Romanian-American soprano Esther Tonea is a recent graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Adler Program, winner of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, and Richard F. Gold Career Grant recipient. Tonea’s recent engagements have included singing the title role in G.F. Handel’s Semele, Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess Almaviva), and as soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina burana and W.A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and various recitals across the U.S.

A frequent collaborator with composer Jake Heggie, Tonea performed in the world premiere of If I Were You (Diana) and workshopped Callie Van Lew in Intelligence.

Clinton Smith

Clinton Smith returns to Arizona Opera to conduct the world premiere of Frankenstein with performances in Phoenix and Tuscon. He will make his Indianapolis Opera debut conducting Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and will serve on The Atlanta Opera’s coaching and conducting staff. He also joins Georgia State University’s vocal coaching staff this academic year.

Clinton’s 2022-23 season included a return to Dayton Opera to conduct Charlie Parker’’s Yardbird with the Dayton Philharmonic in the pit. He returned to Arizona Opera and led an orchestral workshop of the newly commissioned Frankenstein and conducted members of the Atlanta Symphony at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for their annual presentation of Messiah. On the orchestral stage, he made his guest conducting debut with the Georgia Philharmonic, leading two subscription concerts.

Event Dates
May 1, 2024 12:00 pm May 2, 2024 a 4:00 pm
Event Location
The Temple | 1589 Peachtree St NE | Atlanta, GA 30309
Event Price
Temple / Atlanta Opera Members: $18 Community members: $25