From January, 2019

In the January 2019 Issue of Opera News Online…

West Side Story ATLANTA Atlanta Opera 11/3/18 ATLANTA OPERA launched its 2018-19 main stage season at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story (seen Nov. 3).  The Francesca Zambello staging, a co-production of Houston Grand Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival and Lyric Opera of Chicago, honors Bernstein’s life and work during the year of his centenary and was the highest-selling production in the Atlanta Opera’s thirty-nine-year history. Atlanta’s production maintained the integrity of the 1957 classic with the seamless stage direction of Zambello and the spellbinding choreography of Julio Monge, a cast member of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, the 1989 show,…

From Opera News Online December 2018: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird at the Atlanta Opera

THE ATLANTA OPERA launched its 2018-19 season at Le Maison Rouge at Paris on Ponce with Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, a “bebopera” by Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder and librettist Bridgette A. Wimberly. (seen Sept. 30) Commissioned by Opera Philadelphia for tenor Lawrence Brownlee, the ninety-minute, one-act opera had its premiere in Philadelphia in 2015 and has received subsequent performances at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Madison Opera and English National Opera. Like André Previn, Schnyder has demonstrated how satisfying opera singing juxtaposed against jazz idioms can be. Echoes of Parker’s own musical riffs were laced throughout the score; it…