From February, 2015

www.artsATL.com Preview: The Atlanta Opera’s ambition shown in updated version of Verdi’s classic “Rigoletto”

February 26, 2015 Although considered an operatic warhorse, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto hasn’t been seen in Atlanta since 2000. It’s an opera that became an instant hit in 1851 after its initial performance at Teatro La Fenice, and one that Atlanta Opera artistic director Tomer Zvulun believed it was time to reexamine. The production boasts an impressive team that includes set designer John Conklin, costume designer Vita Tzykun and conductor Joseph Rescigno. The coproduction with Opera Omaha and Boston Lyric Opera will open at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on February 28, and opening night promises to be exceptionally special. In addition to featuring…

In the February Issue of Opera News Online: Review of AO’s Madama Butterfly

Atlanta Opera opened its 2014-15 season with Madama Butterfly (seen Nov. 8), a co-production with the Castleton Festival.  The new Butterfly marks the initial show of AO artistic and general director Tomer Zvulun’s first planned season at the company.  Zvulun assumed responsibility for staging Madama Butterfly as well — and there is no doubt that Zvulun is an apt stage director. This Castleton-AO production was a far cry from the Jun Kaneko version seen in Atlanta six years ago, which featured abstract computer graphics and a quartet of mysterious Kurogo characters that came and went throughout the opera. This season’s production, designed by set and projection…