Where will opera find you? At The Atlanta Opera, we strive to make opera accessible to diverse communities in diverse locations through a variety of programming and community partnerships in and around Metro-Atlanta.
Each season kicks off with our entertaining season preview lecture and concert, Opera with an Edge. Audiences are treated to short performances from the upcoming season, performed by artists of The Atlanta Opera Studio and special guests. Our holiday concert, From Opera to Opry, brings together two different musical genres into one highly entertaining evening of revelry. In January, special presentations of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in performance at the Center for Puppetry Arts will thrill audiences of all ages. You can also get in-depth introductions to our mainstage productions with Pre-Opera talks, held one hour before each mainstage performance.
Other recent community collaborations include participating in the High Museum’s popular Los Trompos exhibit in spring 2015, and our most recent collaboration with multifaceted artist Lonnie Holley at Atlanta Contemporary.
The Atlanta Opera will present community events discussing the topics surrounding Out of Darkness: Two Remain in the lead up to and during the production’s opening night on April 5. Two of these events are free and the opening night Discoveries Backstory talkback will be free for ticket holders.
Out of Darkness: Two Remain Community Events
FREE Preview & Discussion on Out of Darkness: Two Remain
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Doors open at 6:30pm, Program Begins at 7pm
The Center for Civil and Human Rights
An evening of music, discussion, and reflection.
Members of the Atlanta Opera Studio will joined by local favorite Tom Key as they perform selections from composer Jake Heggie‘s and librettist Gene Scheer’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain, a moving two-act opera based on true stories of two holocaust survivors.
Led by cast members and local community leaders, the evening’s discussion will focus on the ongoing importance of holocaust education as well as the impact of Paragraph 175, a provision of the German Criminal Code that made homosexuality illegal. This provision led to the persecution of thousands of LGBTQ+ people in Nazi Germany.
FREE Panel Discussion with the Creators of Out of Darkness: Two Remain
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Noon
The Breman Museum
Join The Atlanta Opera and The Breman Museum for a free discussion with the internationally acclaimed creators of Out of Darkness: Two Remain. The panel features composer Jake Heggie, librettist Gene Scheer, and the original commissioner of the opera, Mina Miller, from the Seattle based organization Music of Remembrance.
Discoveries Backstory: Talkback with the Creators & Cast of Out of Darkness: Two Remain
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | Immediately following the opening night performance
More information: https://www.atlantaopera.org/performance/darkness-two-remain/
Join composer Jake Heggie, librettist Gene Scheer, and Mina Miller from the commissioning organization Music of Remembrance, along with cast members of Out of Darkness: Two Remain for an informal talkback discussion.
Discoveries series performances include events either before or after the performance. As part of the Backstory program, these experiences allow audience members to learn more about the opera, open a conversation around important topics, and participate with the cast in conversation, dancing, and many other formats. Free for ticket holders.
Belting on the Beltline
We are excited to partner with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership for Belting on the BeltLine. This new collaboration will bring free operatic performances to open-air locations and schools along the Atlanta BeltLine, including the Atlanta Opera Studio Tour productions of The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville, and a series of “pop-up” mini-performances. Stayed tuned for performance information and dates coming soon!
Funding for Belting on the BeltLine provided by the Building Community Network’s Collaborative Innovation Grant, led by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and The Home Depot Foundation.
The Magic Flute – for kids
The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour presents Mozart’s The Magic Flute in performance at the Center for Puppetry Arts. This enchanting fairy tale with heroes, heroines, and a daring rescue is for kids of all ages. The one-hour abridged opera – sung in English – combines captivating puppets with the talented artists of The Atlanta Opera Studio to take you on a magical mission, navigated by Mozart’s timeless and energetic score. A perfect, family-friendly opera event! $20 tickets are on sale now.
The Magic Flute at the Center for Puppetry Arts:
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3 p.m.
“I loved her and she left me.”
Country song or opera aria? Or both?
Join us for From Opera to Opry, our annual holiday concert. Opera stars Michael Mayes, Leah Partridge, Corey Crider, and Jonathan Burton bring together two completely different ways of singing in this hilarious and highly entertaining return to The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Dinner and drinks available for purchase starting at 6:15 p.m.
From Opera to Opry
2018 Date and time TBD
Season Preview Concert
Opera with an Edge, our season preview concert, offers a taste of the excitement and beauty in store for our upcoming season. Opera with an Edge features artists in our Atlanta Opera Studio. Ticket sales from Opera with an Edge support this important and exciting program.
This season’s preview concert was an entertaining afternoon that included the most memorable musical moments from The Flying Dutchman, The Daughter of the Regiment, Carmen, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, all performed live at the Cobb Energy Centre.
Veterans & Current Military
The Atlanta Opera invites all veterans and active military servicemen and women to attend each of our main stage productions for FREE, including Carmen, The Flying Dutchman, The Daughter of the Regiment and the Broadway musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Tickets can be reserved online at least one week in advance of the performance and picked up at the venue on the day of show at Will Call. Each performance happens live at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. . Note: Please be prepared to present your military I.D. when picking up your tickets.
Our biggest program for K-12 is available for performances on military bases serving the children of military families. This season’s Studio Tour features Mozart’s The Magic Flute, an enchanting fairy tale with heroes, heroines, and a daring rescue. This one hour abridged opera – sung in English – combines imaginative puppets with talented young singers to take kids on a magical mission, navigated by Mozart’s timeless and energetic score.
For more information about partnering with our Veterans program and community initiatives, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.