From December, 2013

Preview: Skylark Vocal Ensemble opens season with mix of modern and ancient Christmas songs

December 18, 2013 By Stephanie Adrian A skylark is a small bird found in Europe, Asia and northern Africa, especially known for singing while in flight. And conductor Matthew Guard — inspired by a P.B. Shelley poem called “To a Skylark” — chose the lark as his choral group’s namesake, classifying it as Atlanta’s only chamber choir featuring world-class artists flying to Atlanta from around the United States to practice their art. The Skylark Vocal Ensemble, an a cappella group founded in 2011, has a roster of 30 professional singers based in Boston and Atlanta. Guard fashioned it after similar…

In the December Issue of Opera News…Review of Tosca

Atlanta Opera 10/5/13 Atlanta Opera’s newly appointed general and artistic director, Tomer Zvulun, started the company’s 2013–14 season with a tasteful production of Puccini’s Tosca (seen Oct. 5). Zvulun, who is not yet forty, is a sought-after stage director who will manage the affairs of A.O. while fulfilling prior directing commitments at the Met, Boston Lyric Opera and Kansas City Opera this season. Zvulun’s previous stagings for Atlanta — Der Fliegende Holländer, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Magic Flute — have been highlights of the company’s recent seasons. Next season (2014–15) will be the first for which Zvulun will have full planning responsibility; his intention is to…