The Atlanta Opera strives to make opera accessible through a variety of diverse programming and community partnerships in and around Metro-Atlanta.
Goethe-Zentrum: Notes on Opera in Wagner’s Das Rheingold
Sunday, April 23, 2-4pm | Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta German Cultural Center | 223 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 404-892-2388
Goethe-Atlanta members: $20; Non-members: $25 | Get tickets here
Are you a “Ring-Nut” or a “Ring-let”? A longtime fan or a newbie to the Wagner universe? However deeply you have engaged in the music and imagination of Richard Wagner, you are invited to hear more. Presented in English by David Kerr, educator and staff member at the German Cultural Center of Atlanta, the lecture focuses on Das Rheingold, the first of four-opera cycle of Das Ring des Nibelungen. Learn about the composer, his music, the plot, the characters, the historical background and more. No pre-existing knowledge of either music or German, Italian or other language required.
Opera Insights with Jay Hunter Morris
Saturday, April 29 at 7-7:30pm | Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339 | Orchestra Level, Portal B
Free with performance ticket
Meet Grammy award-winning tenor Jay Hunter Morris. As one of the handful of singers who can credibly handle the demands of Richard Wagner’s tenor role of the hero Siegfried, Morris will present the pre-opera talk each night. One hour prior to curtain. Free with your ticket!
Richard Wagner was a revolutionary whose inspired compositions and expansive vision changed the course of classical music forever. At the same time, he was a man of his time, a German nationalist who absorbed and even amplified the casual and cruel social anti-Semitism of the 19th century. Despite being surrounded by exceptional Jewish musicians who championed his career and supported his artistic vision, Wagner publicly encouraged the growing political racism of the time. Yet, his actions and personal relationships often belied this position.
As lovers of his music, how do we reconcile this racist and small thinking with the vast inspiration of his musical imagination?
Is there more to understand about Wagner as revealed by his personal relationships?
Does art transcend prejudice and bigotry?
Join the Atlanta Opera, The Breman Museum, and the Goethe Zentrum of Atlanta to explore this perplexing dichotomy in the life of Richard Wagner in Hilan Warshaw’s documentary Wagner’s Jews.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Tomer Zvulun (Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director, Atlanta Opera), Hilan Warshaw (filmmaker and President, Overtone Films), Arthur Fagen (Music Director, Atlanta Opera), and Rabbi Joe Prass (Director of the Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education at The Breman Museum).
German Language Breakfast with Arthur Fagen
Wednesday, May 3 at 9:30am | Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta German Cultural Center | 223 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303 | 404-892-2388
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Germanic mythology is the starting point for worlds of imagination that surround us today. Stories of The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and even the current crop of Marvel superheroes grow from these roots. However, before any of these, the world of gods, dwarves, dragons, and a ring of power was created by Richard Wagner in his epic cycle of operas, Das Ring des Niebelungen. The first of the four-opera cycle, Das Rheingold, will be performed by The Atlanta Opera this spring (April 29 – May 7).
Join Arthur Fagen, music director and conductor of The Atlanta Opera, as he discusses how the music dramas of Richard Wagner changed the face of music and had a staggering influence on the path of the 20th century.
Join us one hour prior to the start of each mainstage performance for an informative talk about the evening’s opera. Learn the story behind the opera and what inspired the composer and librettist. Conducted by artists and opera aficionados, pre-opera talks give you a better understanding of the opera and a boost of energy before the curtain goes up. FREE with your ticket; seating is general admission.
Veterans & Current Military
Complimentary Tickets. To honor your service as a veteran or active military, you are welcome to attend any mainstage performance of The Atlanta Opera for free.
With the support of the Home Depot Foundation, The Atlanta Opera is pleased to continue our Veteran’s Tickets Program for our 2023-24 Mainstage season, including Rigoletto, La bohème, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Die Walküre. Tickets are now available.
All veterans and active military may reserve up to four free tickets per production by following these steps:
Click here to select your preferred performance date(s) to any Atlanta Opera mainstage performance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Enter the promo code HomeDepotVets (code must be entered before selecting seats)
Select up to four seats in the Grand Tier ONLY (your order will update to $0 at checkout)
For Saturday and Sunday performances, the Grand Tier will be available. For Tuesday and Friday performances, you may select seats on any level in the C or D pricing areas (yellow or blue seats on the seat map).
Tickets will be available at the “Will-Call” window at the Cobb energy Performing Arts Centre Ticket Office.
Veterans must present a military ID or confirmation of military service in order to retrieve tickets. Tickets will revert to full price if confirmation cannot be provided. Complimentary Military tickets have zero resale value and will be invalid if sold.
With generous support from The Home Depot Foundation, The Atlanta Opera is able to offer these free benefits to veterans, active duty and military families. The Home Depot Foundation and The Atlanta Opera thank you for your service.