Review of AO’s La Traviata in the July Issue of Opera News Online

ATLANTA OPERA capped its thirty-ninth season with Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, presented at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in a lavish co-production with Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival and Indiana University (seen May 3). A triumvirate of important artists—director Francesca Zambello and designers Peter Davison and Jess Goldstein—collaborated to reimagine Violetta Valéry’s tragic [...]

In the May 2019 Issue of Opera News: AO’s Dead Man Walking

Michael Mayes and Jamie Barton in AO’s Dead Man  © Jeff Roffman ATLANTA OPERA continued its 2018–19 season with Dead Man Walking, the adaptation by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally of Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir recounting her prison ministry at the Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana in the early 1980s. On February 2, with both the composer and [...]

Lawrence Brownlee And Eric Owens Set The Gold Standard At Schwartz Center

Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens performed at the Schwartz Center on March 22. MARCH 25, 2019 Atlanta is a city that attracts international artists. They visit us frequently, charming and edifying us with their artistry before moving on to the next city. But sometimes Atlanta is home base for these A-list musicians, as is the case for [...]

Jamie Barton Returns Home To Sing In The Atlanta Opera’s Dead Man Walking

  Jamie Barton Returns Home To Sing In The Atlanta Opera’s Dead Man Walking STEPHANIE ADRIANJANUARY 29, 2019 IN CONVERSATIONMUSICMUSIC - FEATUREDMUSIC - IN CONVERSATION Opera is no stranger to crimes of passion. However, opera also portrays the best of humanity alongside all of the human folly. The Atlanta Opera presents Jake Heggie’s production of Dead Man Walking, with [...]

Today on…Musicians Look Forward To Working With Ray Chen

The Next Generation Of Classical Musicians Look Forward To Working With Ray Chen STEPHANIE ADRIANJANUARY 24, 2019 IN CONVERSATIONMUSICMUSIC - FEATUREDMUSIC - IN CONVERSATION With an online presence of more than 113,000 followers on Instagram, Ray Chen is not your grandmother’s violin virtuoso. Chen arrives in Atlanta this week to play a recital of Vitali, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Today on…Q&A: A chat with Michael O’Neal as his vaunted choral group launches its 30th year

October 9, 2018 The Michael O'Neal Singers kicks off its 30th year with a concert Sunday. It’s 8:30 on a Monday night, and conductor Michael O’Neal is standing in front of a symphonic chorus of 145 singers at Roswell United Methodist Church. Looking up from his score, he says, “Basses, because I’ve been hard on [...]

From the September 2018 Issue of Opera News…

Sweeney Todd ATLANTA Atlanta Opera 6/16/18 THE ATLANTA OPERA'S 2017-18 season lineup has showcased unconventional heroes: Weill’s Anna, Wagner’s Dutchman, Donizetti’s Marie, and Bizet’s Carmen. Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd was a fitting close to this season of antiheroes (seen June 16) and attracted a broad audience to the Cobb Energy Performing to attend the tale, performed by opera [...]