From December, 2015

In the December 2015 Issue of Opera News Online

Winterreise ATLANTA Atlanta Opera 9/12/15 ON SEPTEMBER 12, Atlanta Opera launched its 2015-16 season with a semi-staged production of Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise, featuring baritone David Adam Moore, at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center. It’s the first of several offerings within the opera’s new Discoveries Series, in which AO will present smaller-scale musical works at satellite venues around the Atlanta metro area. Schubert composed Winterreise in 1827, just a year before his death. It’s a monodrama that consists of twenty-four songs portraying the bleakness of a wanderer’s winter journey through despair after his love affair has ended. Wilhelm Müller’s poetry reveals a…

artsATL Review: The Force is with them as the ASO treats a packed house to the music of John Williams

November 30, 2015 By STEPHANIE ADRIAN Movie music — the scoring or background music within a cinematic presentation — affects how the viewer feels about what’s happening onscreen. The music can be literal, synchronized with and reinforcing what is already happening in the scene. It can direct our emotions if the visual portrayal isn’t providing us with enough information (think of Miklós Rózsa’s scoring in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Spellbound). The cinematic music can even serve as a subconscious reminder of a character or previous occurrence within the film, a technique borrowed from opera composers like Giacomo Puccini and Richard Wagner. American film composer…