Music: Daniel Schnyder
Libretto: Bridgette A. Wimberly
Sept 27 – 30, 2018
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker loved music, drugs, and women. He lived fast and died young, leaving an incredible legacy of jazz music in his short time.
Yardbird tells a not-quite-true story of Parker composing his final masterpiece while in the thin veil between life and death, reflecting on the women who influenced him and made him the master musician he was.
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book: Arthur Laurents
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Nov 3 – 11, 2018
Two teenagers are drawn together across a crowded dance floor, believing love can conquer all, including differing backgrounds, languages, warring gangs, and miscommunication. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story has captivated audiences since its debut in 1957. Our version is in keeping with the original vision of Broadway legends Bernstein, Sondheim, and Robbins.
Music: Jake Heggie
Libretto: Terrence McNally
Feb 2 – 10, 2019
A true story that spawned a best-selling book and an Academy Award-winning movie, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking tells of Sister Helen Prejean and her time as spiritual advisor to Joseph de Rocher, a murderer on death row. The most performed new American opera in the world, Dead Man Walking “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story.” – The Guardian (London).
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Mar 2 – 10, 2019
Everyone has regrets, or those “what if” moments. How different would life be had you chosen another path, the road not taken?
Tchaikovsky explores this theme of love lost, found, and the one that got away in the lush, romantic, and beautifully Russian opera Eugene Onegin. This new production takes its cues from the poet Robert Frost and the musical language of Pushkin’s novel, telling the story of a brash young man who makes bold statements and bolder mistakes, only to find that perhaps happiness was in front of him the whole time.
Music: Astor Piazzolla
Libretto: Horacio Ferrer
Mar 28 – 31, 2019
The magic returns this season with an encore performance of Astor Piazzolla’s tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires. This sensual and seductive piece, the story of a tango-obsessed prostitute born on a day “when God was drunk,” will knock you over with its powerful storytelling and singing.
Apr 27 – May 5, 2019
It has been told and retold over and over, in movies (Pretty Woman) and books (La Dame aux Camélias) and musicals (Moulin Rouge), but no one tells the story quite like Verdi – with a sumptuous setting and sweeping music. Violetta, a young and beautiful courtesan falls in love with the equally young and beautiful Alfredo. Love, however, can be deadly to a woman in her position.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
June 9 – 17, 2018
In this dark and witty tale, revenge-hungry Sweeney Todd returns to London to settle a few scores. After befriending Mrs. Lovett, the owner of a local pie shop known to have the Worst Pies in London, Sweeney and the dutiful baker hatch a plan to save the pie shop and exact a bloody revenge.
Composer: Georges Bizet
Librettists: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
April 28 – May 6, 2018
Carmen is a beautiful and free-spirited gypsy who makes men melt. When the naive Don José falls for her, he falls hard into a dangerous obsession, breaking up with his childhood sweetheart and abandoning the military. But the reckless Carmen cannot be tamed, and she grows weary of Don José once she meets the glamorous toreador, Escamillo. This messy love triangle won’t end well.
Music: Jake Heggie
Libretto: Gene Scheer
April 5 – 15, 2018
This moving two-act opera centers on Holocaust survivors visited by ghosts of their past. In Act I, Krystyna shares her gripping story of survival with a journalist. In Act II, Gad Beck is visited by his first true love, the poet Manfred Lewin, who perished in Auschwitz.
February 28 – March 4, 2018
Marie is a spirited and charming tomboy, adopted and raised by a French army regiment, and she has fallen in love with the handsome Tonio. When she receives new information about her identity, she must decide whether to follow her place in society, or follow her heart.
November 4 – 12, 2017
In this new production of the ancient ghost story, The Dutchman is doomed to wander the seas until he can find a faithful wife. A sailor’s daughter is doomed to an arranged marriage, but can’t shake her obsession with The Dutchman. Can true love change the course of their fates?
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht
September 28 – October 6, 2017
The Seven Deadly Sins is an intimate cabaret experience that centers on the duality of the opera’s personae, Anna I and Anna II. She/They embark on a seven-city pursuit of the American dream. In turn, they uncover each of the seven deadly sins: pride, covetousness, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
May 19 – 20, 2017
The Discoveries series partners with New York-based On Site Opera to bring Mozart’s The Secret Gardener to life in a new site-specific co-production. Written by an 18-year-old Mozart, The Secret Gardener is a story of love, madness, and redemption that unfolds in the lush setting of a beautiful garden.
April 29 – May 7, 2017
Puccini’s epic tale centers around the Princess Turandot, who decapitates each suitor who fails to answer her riddles. Calaf falls in love with the ruthless Princess and heroically wins her ghastly game. Shockingly, Calaf proposes his own riddle to the Princess and puts his love and life in the hands of Turandot.
March 25 – April 2, 2017
In this production from director Chuck Hudson set in the golden era of Hollywood, Don Pasquale is an aging silent film star at the sunset of his career. Our protagonist sets off to find a wife and heir to his fortune. He gets hitched to the devious Norina, a widowed gold digger who conspires with Ernesto, the Don’s nephew. Supported by a chorus of servants dressed as Hollywood film stars, Don Pasquale is an uproarious evening of theater.
February 2 – 7, 2017
Astor Piazzolla’s tango opera tells the story of Maria, the young prostitute who “was born on the day God was drunk.” As Maria falls in love with tango, she is pulled into a surreal world that blurs religion, dance and rebirth. This site-specific opera will be performed at Le Maison Rouge, the sexy burlesque hall located in Paris on Ponce on the BeltLine. Composer Astor Piazzolla was hailed for his ability to enchant audiences with his tango music and introduce them to new worlds. This immersive production will pull you into the performance and leave you begging for more.
November 5 – 13, 2016
Silent Night is the powerful, true story of the spontaneous Christmas truce between French, British and German soldiers during World War I. On Christmas Eve, the opposing forces put down their weapons, come together around a makeshift tree, and play soccer matches. The soldiers’ peaceful actions are reprimanded by their commanders, but cast a lasting light on the good of humanity in the face of war.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
October 8 – 16, 2016
Belmonte, with his sidekick Pedrillo, sets off to Turkey to rescue his betrothed Konstanze. The frothy caper plays out in hilarious, action-packed circumstances wherein our heroes and heroines must outwit their captors, particularly the fiendish Osmin, overseer of the Pasha’s harem. The Abduction from the Seraglio is a farcical, colorful romance, and was one of Mozart’s first successes as a composer.
May 7 – 15, 2016
Charles Gonoud’s grand interpretation of Shakespeare’s story of young love comes to life on the Atlanta Opera stage for the first time in a decade. Seen through a decidedly French lens, the opera remains close to the timeless love story that takes us from masked ball to true love to the couple’s untimely death. The star-studded cast and visual treatments make this production stand out among a season full of gems.
Gilbert & Sullivan
March 5 – 13, 2016
As Frederic enters the rank of full pirate at the end of his apprenticeship, he and his fellow pirates court the daughters of Major-General Stanley. This sets off a hilarious course of riotous events that pit Frederic against his pirate clan. The Pirates of Penzance is a rollicking show with serious operatic chops.
October 3 – 11, 2015
Based on Henri Murger’s novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème, (Scenes from a bohemian life), Puccini’s La bohème introduces us to Mimi and Rodolfo, young lovers living in Paris in the 19th century. Their group of bohemians (poets, painters, philosphers) traverses the emotional landscapes of love, poverty, and ultimately, loss.
David T. Little
November 11 – 15, 2015
Based on interviews with five US military veterans, Soldier Songs follows the true journey of a soldier beyond what we see in television and movies. The evening of theater will be a highly charged experience with arresting projections, eye-catching visuals and a thunderous score. Composer David T. Little combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused-concert music, and animation to explore the perceptions versus the realities of the Soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war.
Rialto Center for the Arts
September 17-20, 2015
Based on 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller and composed by Schubert in 1827, Winter Journey is a story of unrequited love and a masterpiece of art song. Though the songs are a poetic, melancholic journey after the poet is rejected by his beloved, they also explore his connection to nature and the passing of the seasons. His journey is lonely but he finds himself united with the world around him and takes comfort in the natural order. Baritone David Adam Moore sings the title role of the poet who treks through the winter night. Solo pianist Earl Buys will accompany Moore.
Conant Performing Arts Center