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Experience The Atlanta Opera from the comfort of your home (or quarantine cabin), on the go, or wherever you choose to enjoy.

Designed for both newbies and current subscribers, our NEW Atlanta Opera Spotlight Media streaming platform is an affordable and accessible way to watch and listen to The Atlanta Opera Company Players and the fall Big Tent productions.

The Molly Blank Big Tent Series 2020-21

“One of the few American companies to perform live for in-person audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic,” The Atlanta Opera has already “demonstrate[d] how imaginative direction can harness COVID restrictions for artistic effect” (Wall Street Journal).

After the success of our acclaimed fall Molly Blank Big Tent Series, we’re excited to announce an equally innovative spring lineup of live, in-person events, highlighted by the world premiere productions of new adaptations of two iconic operas. Deconstructed to accommodate the particular needs and nature of the current season, The Threepenny Carmen and The Threepenny Opera are both conceived by Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun. Together with three live spring concerts, the new adaptations will feature top-tier artists performing for live audiences under a customized circus tent, now mounted just outside the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The Molly Blank Big Tent Series will be performed in a custom-made tent without walls, allowing fresh air to wash through the venue at all times while still providing audiences with protection from the weather.

Safety protocols and procedures were developed by a Health & Safety Advisory Task Force of epidemiologists, public health specialists, and doctors assembled to advise the company on its health and safety protocols. The task force membership includes Dr. Carlos del Rio, Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Emory University, and John Haupert, president and CEO of Atlanta’s Grady Health System and Vice Chair of Georgia’s Department of Public Health.

If you’re unable to attend in person, all five productions will also be filmed for future release on our new Spotlight Media digital streaming service.

We’ll see you under the Big Tent!

The Threepenny Carmen

Composer: Georges Bizet
Librettists: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

April 15, 17, 23, 25, 28, 30 , May 2, 6, 8, 2021

Carmen is no stranger to The Threepenny Bar. In this watering hole at the crossroads of nowhere, everyone has a story.

The Atlanta Opera’s all-new version of this beloved classic explores a modern Carmen. Set at the fringes of society, Bizet’s music is intertwined with the dramatic stomps and flourishes of flamenco. Walking a thin line between lust and death in one of opera’s most iconic love triangles.

The Big Tent at Cobb Energy Centre

The Threepenny Opera

Composer: Kurt Weill
Librettist: Bertolt Brecht

April 22, 24, May 1, 5, 7, 9

Since this opera was conceived with a splendor only a beggar could imagine, and since it had to be so cheap even a beggar could afford it, it is called The Threepenny Opera. This world premiere version is lovingly crafted by Tomer Zvulun in partnership with the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music.

Happy endings are the rule, but the ones who walk in shadow know the score.

The Big Tent at Cobb Energy Centre

Crossroads: The Sequel

Apr 17, 2021

Michael Mayes is among those featured in “Crossroads: A Variety Show.” Taking the artists back to their vernacular roots, this event reveals them to be multitalented singers and instrumentalists in genres ranging from bluegrass to blues, gospel and other American standards.

The Big Tent at Cobb Energy Centre

Imagine Broadway

May 1, 2021

The Company Players return for a Broadway-themed program.

Details coming soon!

The Big Tent at Cobb Energy Centre

Concert for Unity

May 8, 2021

Featuring Black opera stars led by Company Player Morris Robinson, whose bass is “so deep and assured it’s as if a vibration goes through the audience every time he opens his mouth” (Globe and Mail, Canada). This concert will pay tribute to Atlanta’s diversity through a range of spirituals, gospel, rock and opera, in collaboration with the city’s True Colors Theatre Company, which celebrates the rich traditions of Black storytelling while giving voice to new artists from all cultures.

The Big Tent at Cobb Energy Centre

2021-22 Season

The original 2020-21 Mainstage and Discoveries series season will be moved in its entirety to 2021-22.

Is The Atlanta Opera planning performances for the 2020-21 season, now that you have postponed the originally scheduled season?

We’ll be announcing our plans in the next couple of months. Safety is our number one priority, but we definitely are hoping to connect our patrons with out exciting new Company Players through innovative programming.

What do I need to do with my subscription for 2020-21?

We’ve moved your tickets automatically to 2021-22 at the Cobb Energy Centre. Your seats will the same and are held for you. If you would like to donate the value of those tickets or request a refund, click the button below to sign into your account and manage your tickets, or call 404-881-8885 and we will assist you. 

Is Madama Butterfly moving too?

Yes. Madama Butterfly is part of the Puccini festival. It has moved to fall of 2021. 

I haven’t renewed my subscription yet for next season. Will my seats be held?

Yes. Your subscription seats will be held, and you can renew for the 2021-22 season during the spring of 2021. We will be in touch with all of our subscribers with updated information.

Who are the Atlanta Opera Company Players?

The Atlanta Opera announces the formation of the Atlanta Opera Company Players, featuring twelve world-class singers, all residents in Atlanta and the southeast, who will collaborate with the company’s leadership team to reimagine its 2020–21 season. Drawing on the region’s exceptional talent pool, and reflecting its vitality and diversity, these handpicked artists are sopranos Jasmine Habersham and Talise Trevigne; mezzos Jamie BartonDaniela Mack and Megan Marino; tenors Alek Shrader and Richard Trey Smagur; baritones Michael Mayes and Reginald Smith Jr.; bass-baritone Ryan McKinny; and basses Kevin Burdette and Morris Robinson. Several already have strong ties to The Atlanta Opera, notably Barton, Mayes, Burdette and Robinson, who serve as the company’s Artistic Advisory Council. To complete the Company Players, these twelve singers will be joined by this season’s six emerging young members of The Atlanta Opera Studio Artists program. 

How will you ensure the safety of performers, staff and patrons as you work with the Company Players?

The safety and the well–being of our artists, staff, our audience is our very first priority. To that end, we have put together a new Health and Safety Advisory Council. Bringing together epidemiologists, public health specialists and doctors, including Dr. Carlos del Rio, Distinguished Professor of infectious disease at Emory University, and John Haupert, president and CEO of Grady Hospital and Vice Chair of Georgia’s Department of Public Health, this team of experts will be on hand to advise us and observe safety, while complying with all the latest safety guidelines.

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If you have any questions regarding ticketing and the upcoming seasons, please call us at 404-881-8885. We are here to help you.

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini
Dates To Be Announced

Cultures collide when an American naval officer, stationed in Nagasaki, decides to take a Japanese wife. A delicate bride, Cio-Cio-San–fifteen years old and in love–dreams of her new life with the handsome young officer. Renouncing her culture and her family to become a proper American wife, she settles into his home overlooking Nagasaki Harbor, and waits for his ship to return. What could possibly go wrong?

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

La bohème

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettists: Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa
Dates To Be Announced

Nothing captures the music of love-at-first-sight quite like this. among the most popular operas ever written, La bohème has it all: timeless arias, a soaring love duet, irresistible melodies, and aching tragedy. A testament to its staying power, this 1896 masterpiece has inspired many offshoots, including the Tony Award-winning musical Rent, and the silver-screen classic “Moonstruck.” And it’s no wonder; La bohème goes straight from the singers’ lips to the human heart.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The Barber of Seville

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Cesare Sterbini
Dates To Be Announced

“Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!”

Everyone’s favorite barber pulls all the levers in this comedic romp featuring a fiery young girl, her lecherous old guardian, and a smitten young nobleman. It’s all up to the wily Figaro to stay one step ahead of the shenanigans, and see to it that true love wins in the end. From the famous overture to its rapid-fire vocalism, this laugh-out-loud opera is a winner that works its charms on people of all ages.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Composer: Mason Bates
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Dates To Be Announced

Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs, one of the most influential people of the modern age, is transformed into a dramatic character in this compelling 2017 opera by DJ and composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. As the character Jobs looks back on a life dappled by dizzying heights and crushing disappointments, this charismatic, hard-driving visionary confronts the complexities of life and death. Cast in an appealing electro-acoustic soundscape generated by Mac laptop (of course) and live musicians, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs cyles through key moments in his lifelong–and futile–pursuit of perfection and control over everything that matters to him.

Ferst Center for The Arts at Georgia Tech

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The Atlanta Opera presents The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs in collaboration with Georgia Tech Arts.

The Sound of Music

Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Book: Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
Dates To Be Announced

Escape to the Alps for this heartwarming tale of seven motherless children, an aspiring nun, and a steely naval officer. Inspired by the real-life account of Maria von Trapp, The Sound of Music remains one of the most enduring shows in American theater. Its unforgettable score includes the hit songs “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “The Sound of Music,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and “My Favorite Things.” Set on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, this bittersweet tale weaves together the essence of love, hope, courage, and defiance.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

As One

Music & Concept: Laura Kaminsky
Libretto: Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
Film: Kimberly Reed
Dates To Be Announced

As One is the chamber opera everyone’s talking about. Poignant, comedic, and uplifting, the show weaves the coming-of-age story of Hannah, a transgender woman, into the universal struggle to live your own truth. Presented in an intimate performance space and scored for two singers and string quartet, As One delivers a potent reflection on modern life through stunning words and music from award winners Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed.

Out Front Theatre

Das Rheingold

Composer & Librettist: Richard Wagner
Dates To Be Announced

Before there was Marvel or Tolkien, there was Wagner. From Norse mythology comes the first of his fantastical Ring operas, a vivid, fast-moving masterstroke that follows the curse of the pestilent imp Alberich. Lust, greed, and the hunger for world domination–these are the things that drive Das Rheingold, setting into motion an epic showdown between gods, giants, and dwarves.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre