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Atlanta Opera’s Tomer Zvulun proves he literally thinks outside the box

The Atlanta Opera gained national attention when it purchased a circus tent and became the only major opera company in North America to stage live productions during the pandemic shutdown of 2020. Now, a look at the "transition year" ahead.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: February 28-March 6

Meet the women behind the Muppets, watch motorcross racing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and listen to the Atlanta Opera perform the Daughter of the Regiment.
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The Atlanta Opera’s best kept secret? Its chorus.

The Atlanta Opera’s full sound is part of what makes it a world-renowned company. For that, you can thank not the full-throated stars, but the typically overlooked chorus.
Jessye Norman

Opera legend Jessye Norman on a life spent speaking out

Onstage Jessye Norman, a renowned soprano and one of the few prominent African Americans in opera, has the regal dignity of a queen and the world-weary gravitas of a civil rights leader. Fitting, then, that on November 18, Norman headlines the gala for the Atlanta Music Festival.
Atlanta Opera costumes

Behind the curtain at the Atlanta Opera’s costume department

"My first question is, ‘Can you sing in this?’” says Joanna Schmink, the costume designer and coordinator for the Atlanta Opera.
Morris Robinson

Basso Profundo: How a college football standout became an international opera star

Morris Robinson is trying to lay low, something that’s never been easy for him. If anyone failed to see the 6-foot-3, 300-plus-pound vocalist lumbering through the lobby of the Woodruff Arts Center an hour ago in black ostrich-skin boots, tuxedo pants, and untucked maroon T-shirt, they certainly heard his voice.
Jamie Barton

Rome native Jamie Barton commands the stage in the world’s greatest opera houses

Barton sounds richly experienced, old-school, with a coloratura that is pure Technicolor, in arias that evoke some sort of empyrean birdsong in a three-octave range. The New Yorker has lauded her “once-in-a-generation talent,” and other reviews have joined the chorus of praise.
Kevin Burdette

Atlanta Opera reels in rising star Kevin Burdette for The Pirates of Penzance

“Kevin is the equivalent of an operatic Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin,” says Atlanta Opera director Tomer Zvulun, who handpicked the bass singer to play the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance

Atlanta Opera re-creates the wartime experience with Soldier Songs

On March 19, 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq. The following year, then 26-year-old David T. Little began work on Soldier Songs, a rock-tinged contemporary opera that explores the impact of war on veterans.

What’s Classic and What’s Coming in Charleston: Culture

Nigel Redden is general director of Charleston’s Spoleto Festival and director of Lincoln Center Festival in New York. “In the performing arts world, Russian violinist Yuriy Bekker recently became the acting artistic director of the...

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