PERFORMANCES

Molly Blank Big Tent Series 2020-21

The Atlanta Opera has rolled out an imaginative new season beginning in the fall of 2020 along with an innovative new open-air venue to create a season of exceptional music and storytelling while prioritizing the health and safety of its audiences, performers and backstage personnel.

Drawing on the successful experimentation of the company’s critically acclaimed Discoveries series of smaller, seldom seen works performed in exciting venues, along with the company’s charge to “Reimagine Opera,” Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun has built a season that pairs well-known chamber operas with more experimental and often satirically-biting choices.

The reimagined 2020-21 season, and the Molly Blank Big Tent Series, will include six productions overall and opens in October with Leoncavallo’s iconic Pagliacci performed in repertory with the biting satire of The Kaiser of Atlantis. Each production will have nine performances, alternating nightly, for a total of 18 performances. Both productions will be performed at Oglethorpe University, on historic Anderson Field in Hermance Stadium, beginning Oct. 22 and closing on Nov. 14.

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. The venue will have capacity for up to 240 audience members. Mobile and flexible, the new venue will become a part of the immersive experience designed to draw audiences into the performances.

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.

Pagliacci

Ruggero Leoncavallo

Oct 22, 24, 28, 30 – Nov 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 2020

The show must go on.

The circus performers in Pagliacci grapple with tragedy and question boldly whether they must perform despite heartbreak and ruin.

In The Atlanta Opera’s completely new fall production of Leoncavallo’s verismo classic, audiences enter a dystopian world where artists question their ability to perform, distance separates loved ones, and a play-within-a-play exposes a great betrayal.

Does art imitate life?  Or does life imitate art?

Oglethorpe University’s Hermance Stadium

The Kaiser of Atlantis

Viktor Ullmann

Oct 23, 25, 29, 31 – Nov 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 2020

The circus is abandoned, and artists are shells of their former selves. The dictator Emperor Overall reigns and declares total war. Death refuses to take another soul.

Viktor Ullman’s now critically acclaimed chamber opera The Kaiser of Atlantis was written in 1943 in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Before his death at Auschwitz, Ullman gave the score to a colleague, and the opera remained unperformed until 1975.

A haunting allegory about redemption despite the worst of humanity, this new production of The Kaiser of Atlantis features The Atlanta Opera Company Players in a chilling satire built for our time.

Oglethorpe University’s Hermance Stadium

Mack the Knife: An Evening of Kurt Weill

Oct 27, 2020

Join us for an evening of song that celebrates The Atlanta Opera Company and Studio Players. The collaboration between theatrical innovator Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill is legendary.  We’ll feature songs from their famous opera The Threepenny Opera, plus tuneful selections written by Weill that you may not know. Players Jasmine Habersham, Brian Vu and Megan Marino are all winners of The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music’s prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition. If you love musical theater, opera or all shades in between, you’ll love this socially-distanced and musically-inspiring evening out.

Oglethorpe University’s Hermance Stadium

Mezzo Extravaganza

Nov 10, 2020

This extravaganza celebrates the incredible work of The Atlanta Opera Company and Studio Players who sing at the sultry end of the musical staff. Superstars Jamie Barton, Gabrielle Beteag, Daniela Mack and Megan Marino have planned an evening of operatic favorites and explorations into the wider realm of mezzo soprano greatness.

Oglethorpe University’s Hermance Stadium

Crossroads: A Variety Show

Nov 15, 2020

It’s a Company and Studio Players jamboree! If you loved Opera to Opry (2016, 2017) featuring the one and only Michael Mayes, you’d adore this latest creative showcase. Our Players are multitalented singers and instrumentalists, and they will perform bluegrass, gospel, blues and other American standards. Meet us at the Crossroads for a casual good time and unforgettable tunes.

Oglethorpe University’s Hermance Stadium

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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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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