From August, 2018

Review of Out of Darkness: Two Remain – July 2018, Opera News Online

OPERAS COMPOSED BY JAKE HEGGIE are becoming standard fare in Atlanta. This spring, Atlanta Opera collaborated with Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit to present Jake Heggie’s two-act Out of Darkness: Two Remain as part of its Discoveries Series at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s (seen Apr. 13). Out of Darkness is a provocative work. Sparked by a commission from Seattle’s Music of Remembrance a decade ago, the opera began as a single song “A Hundred Thousand Stars,” and gradually morphed into three song cycles—“For a Look and a Touch,” “Another Sunrise” and “Farewell Auschwitz.” In 2016, Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer transformed the dramatic and musical content…

In the July 2018 Issue of Opera News Online

ATLANTA OPERA HAS NOT presented Carmen—one of the most frequently performed operas in the world repertory—since 2012, when the company was desperately in search of new leadership. This spring, the company, now under the care of general and artistic director Tomer Zvulun, revived Georges Bizet’s classic at the Cobb Energy Centre with a cast that included Franco-Armenian mezzo-soprano Varduhi Abrahamyan in her American debut as Carmen (seen May 4). Evidently constrained by budget limitations, Zvulun utilized the exact same Allen Charles Klein Carmen sets that we saw six years ago.  Although initially disappointing, this reiteration was forgiven as the caliber of singing in this…