September 24, 2010

Children’s Chorus? Do We Need a New Name?

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen — fans of The Atlanta Opera — after a 5 month hiatus, our blog is up and running again. So much is happening around here, and we are thrilled to be sharing the ins-and-outs of our company with you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder…. or so they say. Have you missed us? As many of you know, we open our 31st season on October 2 with Puccini’s LA BOHEME. So romantic, so sad, so…. many […]
November 23, 2010

An Opera About… Pirates?

In addition to mounting a new experiment with the 24-Hour Opera Project amid the madness of National Opera Week, we in The Atlanta Opera Education Department also had our hands full managing a band of pirates. Add in some young, enthusiastic lads and lassies, and what do you have? A rollicking good time! For National Opera Week, we took our studio touring show, The Pirates of Penzance, into the community and welcomed a new, younger audience to the exciting world […]
April 15, 2011

The Atlanta Opera Volunteers – We can’t do it without you….

Sara Frooman (right) accepts her Rachel Lehmann Memorial Award for her dedication to The Atlanta Opera.April 10th through 16th is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Non-profits all over the country will be honoring the men and women who help us stay afloat – in many, many ways. We will be honoring Atlanta Opera Volunteers at a reception on April 21 – stay tuned for pictures! The history of volunteerism in America is rich and complex. As long as we have been […]
April 21, 2011

A Day in the Life of an Atlanta Opera Intern

In this week’s edition of The Atlanta Opera Blog, intern Ashli Cribb channels Matt Lauer and answers everything you could ever want to know about a day in the life of an Atlanta Opera Intern. * * * In early February, I began my tutelage in the life lessons of becoming an arts administrator. In case I have managed to hold anyone in suspense for a line, I must confess now, that I am one of the two new interns […]
May 2, 2011

Industry Trends from an Intern’s Point of View

Our spring interns are nearing the end of their term here at The Atlanta Opera, so we’ve asked them to think about what they will take away as they move on to their next adventure. In this post, intern Victor McMillan gives opera lovers something to talk about – production trends in the industry – and opens the floor for discussion. *** One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as an intern at The Atlanta Opera over the past […]
May 26, 2011

The Atlanta Opera Honors its Volunteers

April 10-16, 2011 was National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Non-profits all over the country honored the men and women who help us stay afloat – in many, many ways. We honored Atlanta Opera Volunteers at a reception on April 21, 2011 at The Atlanta Opera Center in Atlanta, GA. Without a doubt, The Atlanta Opera’s Volunteers are instrumental to our survival, and we are grateful for those who devote their time to The Atlanta Opera Family. The gift of time and […]
June 8, 2011

We laughed, we cried, and we applauded the future of opera….

On Sunday, June 5 at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, graduates from The Atlanta Opera’s High School Opera Institute showcased their work in a performance featuring arias and small ensemble pieces from some of opera’s greatest works. The High School Opera Institute is the only preparatory program of its kind offered by an opera company in the nation. Participants in this eight-month program attend monthly workshops and vocal coachings on topics that include: preparing and auditioning for a role; selecting […]
June 17, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES with Greg Carraway, Foundation and Grants Manager

Producing operas and educational outreach programs takes a village, and here at The Atlanta Opera we have a talented group of people who work “behind the scenes” to ensure that the art that sings continues to flourish in the Atlanta community. For those of you who have ever asked, “How’d they do that?” these next installments of The Atlanta Opera Blog are just for you! This week we go BEHIND THE SCENES with Greg Carraway, our Foundation and Grants Manager. […]
June 24, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES with Emmalee Iden, Director of Education

1. What is your role in the organization? I am the Director of Education. I manage all of the company’s education and outreach initiatives. 2. What are the education offerings at the Opera? We have educational programs for young children all the way through adulthood. Our programs are divided into four categories: Programs for children and families, In-school programs, professional development, and community programs. Programs for children and families: Include Opera Family Day, Girl Scout workshops, and other similar programs […]
July 8, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES with “Captain Itinerary…”

Have you ever wondered who handles all those pesky details for our major social events of the season? Who comes up with creative partnerships, barters with vendors, and rallies the troops to make these events fun and efficient? Her name is Amanda Wilborn… otherwise known as “Captain Itinerary,” and she’s taking over the planet, one event at a time… Let’s see what she has to say about what it’s like to be an Event Manager at The Atlanta Opera. Enjoy! […]
July 15, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES | The Atlanta Opera’s “One-Stop Design Shop,” Dallas Duncan Franklin

1. What is your role with The Atlanta Opera? I am the Creative Services Manager for The Atlanta Opera, which means that I am responsible for the creation and production of all print, advertising, exhibition, emarketing, and web materials for the organization. I have been in my current position for the past three years, and have eight years of experience working as a professional designer. 2. What is your background and experience, and what led you here? Prior to moving […]
August 1, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES with Michael Benedict, Production Manager

Sets, lights, props, and stagehands do not just magically appear. In the newest blog post, Atlanta Opera Production Manager, Michael Benedict, sheds some light on the role he plays in making spellbinding opera happen. 1. What is a Production Manager? What do you do? A production manager is primarily responsible for managing budgets, schedules, and personnel. I organize and manage all of the pieces that make up the physical side of the production: scenery, electrics, sound, costumes, props, wigs & […]