The Daughter of The Regiment Donizetti
February 24 â€” March 4, 2018 Cobb Energy Centre
Lose yourself in the beauty of the arts.
We are pleased to play a supporting role in celebrating the arts in our community. Itâ€™s an investment that delivers a return with every inspiring performance. 1-888-SYNOVUS synovus.com
Banking products are provided by Synovus Bank, Member FDIC. Divisions of Synovus Bank operate under multiple trade names across the Southeast.
2018 VISIT US TM
We are one month into the new year, and that means
we are hopefully still working towards our new goals and resolutions! As excited as we get creating these goals and resolutions, it is sometimes difficult to "stick" to them and make sure we are staying on track. This is not the case, however, if our body is making a sufficient amount of dopamine! Dopamine is a very important neurochemical that is responsible for staying focused, keeping concentration and feeling motivated. You see our body has an "internal pharmacy" that stores dopamine and releases it when it is told to. The problem is, most of the time we are not telling our body to release the dopamine, and that is because movement helps release dopamine! Have you ever exercised and noticed a change in the way you feel? Dopamine is responsible for that. Unfortunately, most of us wake up, drive to work, sit at a desk, drive home from work, sit on the couch and then go to bed, all the while allowing dopamine to remain on the shelf of our internal pharmacy. Movement can help! Chiropractic adjustments can help! Specific adjustments to areas of the body can allow the body's internalpharmacy to take dopamine off the shelf and deliver it to the areas of the brain that help motivate, inspire, focus and move!
Come see what chiropractic can do for your brain function and help you be your best in 2018! We can adjust as you feel necessary.
A LIFE UNIVERSITY CHIROPRACTIC CENTER
$32 SAVE $383
NEW PATIENT EXAM
INCLUDES: NEUROLOGICAL ASSESSMENT, PHYSICAL EXAM, 2 VIEW X-RAY, REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION FOR CARE
VITAL LIFE Âˇ 678.331.4500
With this coupon. Services valued at $415. Offer subject to change and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Expires 3-30-18.
VITAL LIFE - 678.331.4500 1 Baltimore Place NW, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30308 VitalLifeHC.com
12 A HIGH C'S ADVENTURE BY NOEL MORRIS
30 CHORUS SPOTLIGHT MITCH GINDLESPERGER, BASS
34 OUR DONORS THE PEGGY & JACK MCDOWELL INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FUND
PERFORMANCE 5 6 7 8
WELCOME SPONSORS CREDITS SYNOPSIS
DEPARTMENTS 32 35 42 43
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ANNUAL GIVING CORPORATE PARTNERS / FOUNDATION & GOVâ€™T ENCORE CIRCLE
11 16 28 29
SCENE CAST & CREATIVE CHORUS ORCHESTRA
44 47 48 50
TRIBUTES & MEMORIALS BOARD OF DIRECTORS STAFF HOUSE POLICIES
Â©2017 The Coca-Cola Company.
Proud supporter of
ENCORE PAGE Emory Masthead
ENCOREATLANTA.COM AMP SALES PUBLISHER Tom Casey firstname.lastname@example.org VICE PRESIDENT Ginger Roberts email@example.com DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA Stephanie Smith firstname.lastname@example.org BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT George Colmant email@example.com CREATOR OF OPPORTUNITIES Adriean Childree firstname.lastname@example.org
EDITOR Kathy Janich email@example.com PRODUCTION MANAGER Mark F Baxter firstname.lastname@example.org DIGITAL MANAGER Ian Carson email@example.com CONTRIBUTING WRITER Noel Morris ENCORE ATLANTA is published monthly by American Media Products Inc. PRESIDENT Tom Casey CHAIRPERSON Diane Casey TREASURY Kristi Casey Sanders SECRETARY Evan Casey CONTROLLER Suzzie Gilham
8920 Eves Road, #769479 Roswell, GA 30076 Phone 678.837.4004 Fax 678.837.4066 opyright 2018 AMP Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. Encore Atlanta C is a registered publication of AMP Inc. The publisher shall not be liable for failure to publish an ad, for typographical errors or errors in publication. Publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertising for any reason and to alter advertising copy or graphics deemed unacceptable for publication.
WELCOME make her role and company debut as the Marquise of Birkenfeld. Rising star Chris Allen will conduct our exquisite Atlanta Opera Orchestra for the first time.
photo: Patrick Heagney
Welcome to Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment! As we take the stage once again at Cobb Energy Centre, I am reflecting back on this season’s noteworthy successes to date. We opened with a sold-out, re-imagining of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins at Le Maison Rouge on the BeltLine. We then premiered a critically acclaimed co-production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, which will go on to The Houston Grand and The Cincinnati Operas in the coming seasons. It is on the strength of these artistic feats that we proudly present Donizetti’s bel canto, The Daughter of the Regiment. “Bel canto” translates to “beautiful singing” and we’ve assembled a cast which certainly embodies this term. Atlanta Opera Studio alum Santiago Ballerini, fresh from performances at esteemed opera houses such as Bilbao, Buenos Aires and Bordeaux, returns to Atlanta as Tonio to sing those legendary high C’s in the aria “Ah! Mes amis”. Andriana Chuchman, who recently starred in “The Merry Widow” at The Met, will make her Atlanta debut as Marie. Famed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe will
There’s even more to love in our recently announced 2018-19 season. Our most popular season to date is bookended by two of the greatest blockbusters in the repertoire. We celebrate Bernstein’s centennial year with West Side Story, and close with a new production of Verdi’s beloved La Traviata. We will present the most frequently performed new American opera in history, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, as well as a grand, romantic interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin. Entering its fifth season, the Discoveries series focuses on two distinct music styles, jazz and tango, at the red velvet cabaret Le Maison Rouge. We will present the Southeastern debut of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, based on the tortured and exhilarating life of legendary jazz virtuoso Charlie Parker. In March, we will bring back the incredibly popular Maria de Buenos Aires. This line up of jazz and tango operas at Le Maison Rouge is sure to sell out, and only subscribers have first access to limited tickets. We continue to strive for excellence in presenting opera of the highest quality for all audiences in Atlanta. Please enjoy this starstudded performance today, and we hope you’ll join us in the exciting season ahead. Sincerely,
Tomer Zvulun General & Artistic Director The Atlanta Opera 5
SANTIAGO BALLERINI SPONSORED BY
John & Rosemary Brown
ANDRIANA CHUCHMAN SPONSORED BY
John L. Hammaker
THE FRIDAY EVENING PERFORMANCE SPONSORED BY
Victoria & Howard Palefsky
Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
This production is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.
THE ATLANTA OPERA DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE Mr. & Mrs. Ronald R. Antinori - The Antinori Foundation Nancy & *Jim Bland Dr. Harold Brody & Mr. Donald Smith John & Rosemary Brown Mr. & Mrs. John L. Connolly Ann & Frank Critz Mr. Robert P. Dean & Mr. Robert Epstein Martha Thompson Dinos Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross John L. Hammaker Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny 6
Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough *Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Mary Ruth McDonald Peggy & Jack McDowell Victoria & Howard Palefsky Jerry & Dulcy Rosenberg Mr. William F. Snyder Judith & Mark Taylor Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor Rhys T. & Carolyn Wilson Ms. Bunny Winter & Mr. Michael Doyle *deceased
THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT CREDITS MUSIC Gaetano Donizetti LIBRETTO Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-FranÇois Bayard FIRST PERFORMANCE Feb. 11, 1840, by the Paris Opéra-Comique at the Salle de la Bourse CONDUCTOR Christopher Allen STAGE DIRECTOR E. Loren Meeker SCENIC DESIGNER James Noone COSTUME DESIGNER James Schuette LIGHTING DESIGNER Rob Denton WIG, HAIR, & MAKEUP DESIGNER Melanie Steele CHOREOGRAPHER Meg Gillentine ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR/CHORUS MASTER Rolando Salazar ENGLISH DIALOGUE E. Loren Meeker SUPERTITLES Kelley Rourke CAST (IN ORDER OF VOCAL APPEARANCE) HORTENSIUS Tyler Simpson MARQUISE OF BERKENFIELD Stephanie Blythe PEASANT Sung Bao SULPICE Stefano de Peppo MARIE Andriana Chuchman TONIO Santiago Ballerini** CORPORAL Christopher Dunham* DUCHESS OF KRAKENTHORP Shannon Eubanks NOTARY Edward McCreary ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Brenna Corner* MUSICAL PREPARATION Valerie Pool* PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Brian August ASSISTANT PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGERS Renée Varnas, Kristin Kelley Performed in French with English supertitles Approximate running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes plus one intermission *member of The Atlanta Opera Studio **alumnus of The Atlanta Opera Studio Scenery and supertitles provided by Washington National Opera. Costumes proficded by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
photo: Scott Suchman
ACT I A group of Swiss, including the Marquise of Berkenfield and Hortensius, her majordomo, nervously await the outcome of a skirmish with the French troops. They pray to the Virgin for protection, but the Marquise cannot refrain from commenting how the French troops are like pirates, not respectful of rank. Assured that the danger is past, the Marquise enters a nearby cottage. Sgt. Sulpice of the 21st Regiment enters, soon followed by the vivandière Marie. Marie has been raised since infancy by the men of the 21st, who regard her as their joint “daughter.” Marie has learned the easy 8
ways and surprising oaths common to French soldiers. The men of the Regiment come in with Tonio, a Tyrolean peasant they have caught loitering about. Marie reveals that Tonio saved her life when she was about to fall off a precipice, and now she has fallen in love with him. The regimental “fathers” cannot conceive of giving their daughter in marriage to a man who is not a French soldier, let alone a man who is not a member of the 21st. Marie sings the regimental song, an irresistible performance that inspires Tonio to confess that he has followed Marie because he loves her. Marie weighs the evidence of Tonio’s affection and decides in his favor. In a scene between
SYNOPSIS the Marquise, who reappears from the cottage, and Sulpice, it comes out that, as she tells it, her sister had been married to Captain Robert of the 21st and they had a daughter, who had been mislaid in earliest infancy. Sulpice assures her that her niece is not at all dead, as the Marquise feared, but rather she has been dutifully raised by the Regiment. The Marquise insists that this is no proper environment for a child of the aristocracy and maintains that Marie must go home with her to receive the training her position warrants. Just then Tonio returns with a uniform of the 21st; he has enlisted to make himself eligible to marry Marie. Marie is upset by this and
says she must leave with the Marquise and gives a moving farewell to Tonio and the Regiment. As Marie is led away by the Marquise, Tonio swears that he will find her again one day. ACT II At the ChĂ˘teau de Berkenfield, Marie is being taught dancing, deportment, and singing. The Marquise has determined to make a great match for Marie and marry her to the son of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Sulpice comes to visit Marie. When it is time for Marieâ€™s singing lesson, Sulpice listens impatiently as she is instructed by her aunt in an inspired air by Garat and soon urges her
photo: Scott Suchman
photo: Scott Suchman
to sing the old regimental song of the 21st instead, much to the dismay of the Marquise. Sulpice leaves to investigate a report that soldiers are appearing in the neighborhood. Marie, alone, thinks that rank and wealth are no substitutes for spontaneity of feeling. The sound of a drum announces the arrival of the men of the 21st to see their daughter. There is a joyful reunion of Tonio, now an officer, with Marie and Sulpice. The Marquise appears and is put out by the sight of Tonio, who tries to make her understand how his love for Marie has changed his life. The Marquise informs Tonio of Marie’s coming marriage and asks him to leave. When she is alone with Sulpice, the Marquise confesses her secret: Marie is 10
her own daughter, not her niece, and the noble marriage will make Marie secure from scandal. Hortensius announces the arrival of the guests and the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Everything is ready for the signing of the contract, but Tonio and the soldiers burst in and announce that Marie has been a vivandière and the daughter of the Regiment. The aristocratic guests are horrified by these revelations. The Marquise, remembering her own unhappy past and moved by the sight of Marie’s evident love for Tonio, gives her consent to the match. The Duchess retreats in shock, but everyone else celebrates the triumph of true love. Courtesy of San Francisco Opera
SCENE FROM OPERA TO OPRY
photos: Jeff Roffman
I loved her & she left me.
Country song or aria?
From Opera to Opry, our annual holiday concert. Opera stars Michael Mayes, Leah Partridge, Corey Crider, and Jonathan Burton brought together two completely different ways of singing in a hilarious and highly entertaining return to The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. 11
A HIGH C’S ADVENTURE Donizetti’s comic The Daughter of the Regiment turns singers into risk-takers without a net BY NOEL MORRIS Tenors call The Daughter of the Regiment a “High C’s” adventure. To put it in context, think of 19th-century circus paintings by such artists as Degas and Seurat: They show a crowd of people gathered around acrobats performing implausibly dangerous stunts. Donizetti is the opera singer’s equivalent. His brilliance lies not only in great storytelling and heartrending arias, but in his risk-taking. By writing music that is almost unsingable — except by the most skilled and daring — he dazzled Parisians and fed their appetite for spectacle. Gaetano Donizetti was born in 1797 to a very poor family in Bergamo, Italy. A benevolent teacher and advocate steered him into a boy choir and saw to his schooling. As a young adult, Donizetti began to work his way into the fraught world of Italian opera. Bouncing between success and failure, rejection and adulation, the young composer settled in Naples in 1822, where he wrote as many as five operas per year. Naples was a mixed blessing. Although Donizetti was incredibly productive, he chafed against a considerable amount of prejudice toward northern Italians. Worse, censors in the kingdom were strict and inconsistent. 12
A HIGH C’S ADVENTURE He repeatedly tripped their wires by depicting topics ranging from suicide (a mortal sin) to religious imagery (sacred subjects in theater were considered an act of indecency). Twice, operas approved at the libretto stage were canceled just before opening night. Some that had had successful runs in other cities were not permitted onstage in Naples. The Royal Opera House’s John Snelson wrote: “One of the censors there was so horrified [by Lucrezia Borgia] that he protested about it to the police, stating that ‘It ends with the death of six individuals, five of whom are poisoned at one table, where they have been enticed by the blackest perfidy disguised as polite and chivalrous hospitality.’ So, not just a dangerous example of treachery among the ruling classes, but an appalling breach of manners.” Undaunted, Donizetti worked at an energetic pace. In 1830, with more than 30 operas to his credit, the 32-year-old scored his first international hit with Anna Bolena. More hits followed, until he endured one too many humiliations from the king: Ferdinand II decided that the theater was an unfit place to depict a saint’s martyrdom and canceled the 1838 premiere of Poliuto. Donizetti left for Paris.
There, his instinct for theater met an eager audience. In a testament to his rock-star status (and to jealousy), Hector Berlioz complained: “Two major scores for the Opéra ... two others at the Renaissance ... two at the Opéra-Comique ... and yet another for the Théâtre-Italien will have been written or transcribed in one year by the same composer! M. Donizetti seems to treat us like a conquered country; it is a veritable invasion. One can no longer speak of the opera houses of Paris, but only the opera houses of M. Donizetti.” Paris was the pinnacle for 19th-century opera composers. Donizetti’s first order of business was to turn Poliuto into the French-language grand opera Les Martyrs. As final preparations were underway, he tossed off The Daughter of the Regiment. The comedy, written in about 40 days, premiered in February 1840 at the Opéra-Comique, whose name is slightly misleading. It comes from a type of show called opéra comiques en vaudevilles, which, at first, combined popular songs with spoken sections. Although many of the shows were comedies, they weren’t exclusively so. Bizet’s Carmen — a tragedy — came from this tradition. That The Daughter of the Regiment is opéra comique suggested it had spoken dialogue, not that it is a comedy (although it is). The Atlanta Opera sings the opera in French with English supertitles.
A HIGH C’S ADVENTURE Based on a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and JeanFrançois Alfred Bayard, the story hatches amid a lovable pack of grenadiers from Napoleon’s army. Peppered with popular French military tunes and nods to army life (minus the brutality), the comedy isn’t so much a series of gags as it is an outlandish situation: What happens when soldiers raise a little girl? Acutely aware of his public, Donizetti combined the vocal high-wire act, the stirring arias, and those huggable grenadiers for a lob straight at the hearts of Parisians. It worked. Donizetti’s first French opera became an annual Bastille Day tradition. Its special challenges gained a reputation of a different kind among opera insiders: Luciano Pavarotti made his big break singing the role of Tonio, notably because of his aria “Ah! Mes amis,” which floats nine high C’s. (And why not? Tonio has just been told he gets to marry the girl of his dreams.) The fiendishly difficult soprano part combines buffoonery, pathos, athleticism, and its own array of vocal acrobatics. Like the French paintings of circus performers, The Daughter of the Regiment sets up a juxtaposition of two separate experiences: the people who watch, and the people who risk everything.
The Atlanta Opera’s 2002 production of The Flying Dutchman at The Fox Theatre. photo: J. D. Scott
rendering: James Schuette
ENCORE PAGE “ABSOLUTELY
THE NO.1 SHOW IN THE WORLD.”
—Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet
Art that Connects Heaven & Earth ALL-NEW SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA
“ I’ve reviewed about 4,000 shows. None can compare to what I saw tonight.” —Richard Connema, renowned Broadway critic
“Demonstrating the highest realm in arts. arts.” —Chi Cao, principal dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet
“Absolutely the greatest of the great!
It must be experienced.” —Christine Walevska, “goddess of the cello”, watched Shen Yun 5 times
“This is the highest and best of what humans can produce.” —Oleva Brown-Klahn, singer and musician
“Awe-Inspiring!” “A MUST-SEE!” —
“The 8th wonder of the world. People have no idea what they're missing until they come here and see the show.” —Joe Heard, former White House photographer, watched Shen Yun 6 times
APR 4-8, 2018
877-ATL-SHOW (285-7469) ShenYun.com/Atlanta
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339
Prices: $80- $240
Cobb Energy Centre
Early bird code: Early18 Get best seats & waive fees by 1/15/2018
CAST & CREATIVE CHRISTOPHER ALLEN CONDUCTOR ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
The recipient of The 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Christopher Allen has been featured in Opera News as “one of the fastest-rising podium stars in North America.” His conducting career was launched when he received the Bruno Walter Conducting Award and Memorial Career Grant, and was fostered by Plácido Domingo and James Conlon, who brought him to Los Angeles Opera as an Associate Conductor. Named The John L. Magro Resident Conductor for Cincinnati Opera, Christopher Allen returned in the summer of 2017 to conduct Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte. He has previously been seen conducting the new production of Tosca, the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star and, for three seasons, the Cincinnati Opera’s Washington Park Concert leading the Cincinnati Symphony. In the 2016-17 season, Maestro Allen made his Washington National Opera debut in Donizetti’s La fille du regiment and Florida Grand Opera debut in Cuban-American composer Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls. He was seen at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas and debuted at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the new revised version of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath. Mo. Allen also made his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut conducting a program of Wagner, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven. In the 2017-18 season, Mo. Allen will return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to conduct a new production of La traviata directed by acclaimed soprano Patricia Racette. He will lead Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2018, and he will serve as music director of the Bel Canto Trio’s 70th anniversary tour, featuring today’s internationally acclaimed rising opera stars in the program originally toured by Mario Lanza, George London, and Frances Yeend.
CAST & CREATIVE E. LOREN MEEKER PRODUCTION DIRECTOR ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Loren Meeker is a stage director whose work has been seen at leading companies across the United States, Argentina, and Singapore. She is a diverse artist with a background in dance and theater that allows her to bring a unique vision to her work. As a director, Loren has received critical acclaim for recent productions of Carmen at Washington National Opera and Lucia di Lammermoor at New Orleans Opera. Tim Smith, of Opera News wrote, “There was nothing routine about the production of Carmen at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Attractively cast, fluently directed by E. Loren Meeker and incisively conducted by Evan Rogister, the venture crackled with energy from the top of the Prelude to Act I.” In his review of Lucia, Theodore P. Mahne of New Orleans' Times-Picayune said, “Lucia di Lammermoor more than a mad scene in director’s strong vision.” He went on to say, “Meeker’s concept behind this weekend’s production is to transfer Sir Walter Scott’s Scottish tale from the late 16th-century House of Stuart to the period roughly of ‘Downton Abbey’: Edwardian Britain. The result is both a theatrical and musical success, a production filled with vitality.” Loren's recent honors and awards were plentiful in 2015. They include: best opera of 2015 from the Gambit Awards in New Orleans for her production of Die Fledermaus. DC Metro Theater Arts named her production of Carmen for the Washington National Opera one of the best operas of 2015. Lakmé for Rutgers University was awarded first prize in Division IV of the 2015 Opera Production Competition sponsored by the National Opera Association. Meeker's production of Cendrillon for the Boston University Opera Institute is nominated for six best of ArtsImpluse Theatre Awards.
CAST & CREATIVE JAMES NOONE SCENIC DESIGNER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
James Noone has been working as a scenic designer since 1983 and has been a member of USA Local 829 since 1986. His work has been seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, in major regional theaters and opera companies across America, as well as in national tours and on television. Broadway credits include Sunset Boulevard, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, A Time to Kill, A Class Act, the original production of Jekyll and Hyde, A Bronx Tale, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Gin Game, Come Back Little Sheba, and many others. Off-Broadway credits include the original productions of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, Full Gallop, Fully Committed, The Persians, In Masks Outrageous and Austere, work at Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Irish Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre, and countless others. Regional theaers include the Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre D.C., Arena Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Old Globe Theatre, Seattle Rep, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, among others. His opera work has been seen at Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Los Angeles Opera, among others. Awards include Drama Desk (multiple nominations), American Theatre Wing Design Award, two Helen Hayes Awards (D.C.), and the Los Angeles Ovation Award. Initial appointment: 1999. James is currently head of the scenic design program at Boston University.
ROB DENTON LIGHTING DESIGNER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Rob Denton is thrilled to be lighting his first show with The Atlanta Opera. Recent regional design credits include: Carmen (Madison Opera); The Barber of Seville (Opera San Antonio); Die Fledermaus (New Orleans Opera); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed Musicals); The Wolves, Sunset Baby, and The Call (TheaterWorks); The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, and Into the Woods (The Muny); A Christmas Carol, The Winslow Boy, and All The Way (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Some of Rob’s upcoming designs include: Turandot (New Orleans Opera); Will Roger’s Follies (Goodspeed Musicals); and South Pacific (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). 18
CAST & CREATIVE MELANIE STEELE WIG & MAKEUP DESIGNER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: THE GOLDEN TICKET, 2011
Melanie Steele is excited to return to The Atlanta Opera as wig and makeup designer. Since moving to Atlanta in 2013, she has enjoyed working with this company as well as at the Fox Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre, and Atlanta Ballet. Before moving to the area, Melanie toured with The Lion King after working Broadway national tours of Aida, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Wicked, Spamalot, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Producers. Since getting her start at the Santa Fe Opera in 1997, she has designed wigs and makeup at Austin Opera, Central City Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Baltimore Opera, Kentucky Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Bard Summerscape, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Opera Pacific, Opera Company of North Carolina, and Opera Saratoga, as well as giving master classes to upand-coming opera students. Some of Melanie's work can be seen in Opera News, Makeup Artist Magazine, Seventeen, Time, Newsweek, and Texas Monthly magazine.
MEG GILLENTINE CHOREOGRAPHER
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, 2017 Meg Gillentine made her Broadway debut in Cats at the age of 19 playing Cassandra. Broadway credits include Fosse and The Frogs. She was a featured dancer in City Center Encoresâ€™ production of A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, with music by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, starring Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Cyrille Aimee, and Jeremy Jordan. She was in the first national tour of The Producers with Jason Alexander and Martin Short. She can be seen on the PBS special of Fosse, performing alongside Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen. Regionally, she has played Lola in Damn Yankees at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Award for best actress in a musical), Cabaret as Sally Bowles (Helen Hayes â€“ nomination for best actress in a musical), and Mother Courage and Her Children opposite Kathleen Turner as Yvette. Last summer, she made her opera debut at the Glimmerglass Festival in La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) as the choreographer and in the role of the Magpie. Atlanta theater credits: the Alliance Theatre world premiere of Bull Durham (Claudette/Reporter); Calendar Girls (Celia) at Georgia Ensemble Theatre; The Producers (Ulla); and Damn Yankees (Lola) at Atlanta Lyric Theatre; and The Seven Deadly Sins (Anna II/ choreographer). She is married to operatic tenor Jay Hunter Morris. 19
CAST & CREATIVE TYLER SIMPSON HORTENSIUS
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: CARMEN, 2012 Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson has performed on top opera and concert stages around the world. The 2017-18 season brings house debuts at Pittsburgh Opera in Le nozze di Figaro (title role) and Greensboro Opera in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Basilio). In March, he joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Easter performances of Handel’s Messiah. Later in 2018, Tyler returns to Charlottesville Opera for its production of Le nozze di Figaro (title role) and to North Carolina Opera for Die Zauberflöte (Papageno). He has sung for six seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked on 18 productions after debuting in 2010. At the Metropolitan, he has performed roles in Don Carlo, Le Comte Ory, Tosca, The Enchanted Island, and Macbeth. He has covered roles in Die Zauberflöte, La traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Anna Bolena, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Lulu, and Billy Budd with the company. Highlights of the 2016-17 season included singing the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with North Carolina Opera, Messiah with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Festival Lyrique-en-mer in Brittany, France. 2015-16 saw his debuts at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia and the Hawaii Opera Theatre as Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at North Carolina Opera as Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Additionally, he returned to Fort Worth Opera to play Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and to Le Festival Lyrique-en-mer as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte.
DISCOVER THE SPIVEY DIFFERENCE 2017-2018 Concert Series Clayton State University
IMOGEN COOPER, piano
DAVID RUSSELL, guitar
TERELL STAFFORD QUINTET
JULIA BULLOCK, soprano
Saturday, March 10
Saturday, March 17
Sunday, March 11
Saturday, April 7
For tickets or more information call (678) 466-4200 or visit
SUPERB ACOUSTICS â€¢ OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL MUSICIANS INTIMATE CONCERT EXPERIENCES
CAST & CREATIVE STEPHANIE BLYTHE MARQUISE OF BERKENFIELD ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation. She has sung in renowned opera houses in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Opera National de Paris. She has performed the title roles in Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Orfeo ed Euridice, La Grande Duchesse, Tancredi, Mignon, and Giulio Cesare. Other roles include Fricka in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Waltraute in Götterdämmerung, Azucena in Il trovatore, Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera, Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress, Ježibaba in Rusalka, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex, and Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites. She created the role of Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon's 27 at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In concert, Stephanie has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, and the Concertgerbouworkest. She starred in the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD broadcasts of Orfeo ed Euridice, Il Trittico, Rodelinda, and the complete Ring Cycle. This season, She returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Madame de la Haltiere in Cendrillon and Houston Grand Opera as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare. She was named Musical America's vocalist of the year for 2009. Other honors include the 2007 Opera News Award and the 1999 Richard Tucker Award. She is also the artistic director of the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar at the Crane School of Music.
at M A OF AT RCUS JCC LANTA
at OG LE UNIV THORPE ER PERF SITY ’S CO OR CENT MING AR NANT ER TS
Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award ®
The Flying dutchman Wagner
November 4-12, 2017 Cobb Energy Centre Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award ®
JACLYN RAINEY, Horn
AUG 30 – SEP 24, 2017 Shakespeare_ALL1708_1-48-mfb-8-8-17.indd 1
OCT 7 – NOV 25, 2017 DAVE KOZ 20TH ANNIVERSARY CHRISTMAS TOUR | Nov. 24, 8 p.m.
8/14/17 2:31 PM
9/13/17 6:58 PM
9/29/17 11:44 AM
MARQUEE COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
T H E F OX T H E AT R E | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7
c a m eron m ac k i n tosh ’s spec tac ul a r ne w produc tion
Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award®
a ndr e w l loy d w ebber’s
AN EVENING WITH TRAVIS TRITT OCT. 13
April 29, May 2, 5, 7, 2017 Cobb Energy Centre Nov. 25–Dec. 24, 2016 discover us. discover you. TAO_1705_Turandot_1-64_4-20-17.indd 1
4/21/17 1:18 AM
COBBENERGYCENTRE.COM 11/18/16 9:10 PM
CEPAC 1710_1-32_FINAL.indd 1
Fox 1702-Phantom-Opera_1-64_rebuild.indd 1
9/29/17 12:04 PM
2/14/17 5:42 PM
DO YOU WANT TO REACH MORE THAN 4 MILLION ACTIVE, ENGAGED AND CONNECTED PEOPLE THIS YEAR?
ADVERTISE IN ENCORE ATLANTA! To find out about advertising with Encore Atlanta contact Tom Casey by phone, 678–837–4032, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, today! OFFICIAL PROGRAM OF
DISCOVERIES SERIES SPONSORED BY
The Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
T H E F OX T H E AT R E | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6
THE FOX THEATRE
Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award®
ET PAGE TAO SECR
GARDENER Atlanta Botanical Garden May 19 & 20, 2017
Sept. 3–Oct. 5, 2014
Winter 2017 FOXTHEATRE .ORG
JANUARY 2014 | WWW.FOXTHEATRE.ORG | WWW.ENCOREATLANTA.COM
discover us. discover you.
Fox 1612-ACS_1-64_NUT cover copy.indd 1
11/19/16 1:49 AM
ALL1409 BullDurham 1 edited.indd 1
Rialto_1701_1-32 v2.indd 1
8/21/14 12:38 PM
1/12/17 10:13 AM
FOX 1401 0001-0016.indd 1
1/13/14 5:49 PM
5/10/17 2:47 PM
MARQUEE COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
T H E F OX T H E AT R E | O C TO B E R 2 0 1 7
Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award®
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Robert Spano Music Director
SEPT. 20 & 21
Robert Spano Music Director
March 19–April 9, 2017 JUN 2017 COBBENERGYCENTRE.COM 1709_CEPAC–Cover_MillionDollarQuartet.indd CEPAC 1709_1-32.indd 1 1
FOXTHEATRE.ORG 8/25/17 4:30 8/28/17 4:39 PM
5/25/17 12:22 AM
discover us. discover you.
ENCOREATLANTA.COM CinderellaFella_ALL1703_1-48.indd 1
3/3/17 7:21 PM
9/13/17 6:19 PM
CAST & CREATIVE STEFANO DE PEPPO SULPICE
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 2014 Stefano de Peppo is one of opera’s busiest singing actors sought after for Italian character bass parts. Notable roles include the title character in Don Pasquale, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore, Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Mustafa in L’Italiana in Algeri, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Leporello in Don Giovanni, title role in Le nozze di Figaro, and Alphonso in Così fan tutte. He has performed at the Finnish National Opera, Estates Theater in Prague, Teatro Argentina, Jerez de la Frontiera, Gran Teatro de Cordoba, and Tenerife, Teatro Colon, Teatro Bellas Artes, Teatro Aquascalientes, Monterrey, Mexico, National Theater of Costa Rica, New Israeli Opera, Royal Albert Hall (London), Opera Hamilton, Los Angeles Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Memphis, Minnesota Opera, Opera New Jersey, Palm Beach Opera, San Diego Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Tampa, and Washington National Opera. A native Italian, he began his musical career as a member of the Children’s Chorus of Teatro alla Scala of Milan for seven years, after which he undertook vocal studies at Civic School of Music in Milan.
CAST & CREATIVE ANDRIANA CHUCHMAN MARIE ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
This season, soprano Andriana Chuchman returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to star as Eurydice in its new production of OrphĂŠe et Eurydice, and to the Metropolitan Opera to reprise the role of Valencienne in The Merry Widow. She will debut at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival as the soprano soloist in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, and will return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to star as Euridice in its new production of Orfeo and Euridice. Last spring, she became the fifth recipient of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize, and the winner of the St. Louis Theater Circle Award for outstanding achievement in opera for her performance as Boonyi/India in Jack Perla's Shalimar the Clown. Other recent opera engagements have included Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Miranda in The Enchanted Island, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at Los Angeles Opera: Gretel on the Glyndebourne Festival Tour, Magnolia in Show Boat at Washington National Opera and Dallas Opera, to name a few. Chuchman, who was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, received her bachelor's degree in voice performance from the School of Music at the University of Manitoba, and is a graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She was a prizewinner at the finals of the 2009 Neue Stimmen Competition in Germany, and received a Sullivan Foundation Encouragement Award in 2007.
CAST & CREATIVE SANTIAGO BALLERINI TONIO
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: ROMEO AND JULIET, 2016 Santiago Ballerini is recognized in North and South America as one of the leading tenors in the bel canto repertoire. He returns to The Atlanta Opera after singing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and being part of the inaugural class of The Atlanta Opera Studio young artist program. Ballerini made his U.S. debut to rave reviews at the Caramoor Festival as Fernand in La Favorite. He returned to Caramoor in July 2017 to sing Gualtiero in Bellini’s Il Pirata and will return in 2018 to debut Tancredi. Highlights of past seasons include Don Ottavio (cover) in Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva (cover) in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale at Bilbao Opera, Conde Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims at Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico City; the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier; Jünge Graf in Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten; Prometeo in Prometeo; and Arbace in Idomeneo at Teatro Colon in Argentina; Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at Teatro Solis in Montevideo. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ballerini was awarded upcoming opera singer by the Congress of Argentina and the Argentine Association of Critics. He was a featured soloist for the Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Gala honoring Sherrill Milnes, and was chosen as a scholarship recipient to study with Milnes. Before starting his professional singing career, Ballerini was a pianist for nine years, and graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, with a degree in music therapy, specializing in addiction treatment.
CHRISTOPHER DUNHAM CORPORAL STUDIO ARTIST ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Christopher Dunham, a native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, has captivated audiences across Canada and as far as the Adriatic coast of Italy. A recent graduate of l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, his roles include Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Escamillo in Carmen, the title role in Don Giovanni, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and Dandini in La Cenerentola. Christopher can be seen with Pacific Opera Victoria this season, singing Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo, and is thrilled to be part of The Atlanta Opera Studio young artist program.
CAST & CREATIVE SHANNON EUBANKS DUCHESS OF KRAKENTHORP ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Shannon Eubanks is a Southern native who built her career in Los Angles and New York, performing in classical repertory across the United States. A five-time Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award nominee, she created the role of Connie in Cowards at the Marilyn Monroe, Sally Hite in Yankee Wives at the Court, and Irina in Poor Murderer at the Coronet. Her series television career began on Lou Grant; survived a stint on Dynasty; and she created the role of Ann Alden Forbes on the ABC daytime drama Loving. Television movies include: Alienation Of Affection (Lifetime); Nightjohn (Disney); The Price of Heaven (CBS); The Margaret Mitchell Story (NBC); Pop Rocks (ABC Family); and the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Secrets: The Other Anna (ABC). Feature films include The Patriot; Lightning Bug; Runaway Jury; Twenty Years After; Something To Talk About; Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil; and Justice. Recent network series' appearances include the recurring role of Bastianna Natale on The Originals; Carol on Too Close To Home; Drop Dead Diva; and East Bound and Down for HBO. Atlanta audiences have seen her perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Margaret Cavendish in Creation/Creator (Atlanta 2016, at the Kennedy Center in 2017); on the Alliance stage in Tuck Everlasting and The Color Purple; at Theatre in the Square as Esme in Amy’s View, Mindy in Five Women Wearing The Same Dress, and Kate in Sylvia; at Actor’s Express as Violet Venable in Suddenly Last Summer; at Horizon Theatre as Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation; and at Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Scotland Road, The Lion In Winter, The Illusion, and The Man Who Came To Dinner.
THE ATLANTA OPERA CHORUS INTERIM CHORUS MASTER Rolando Salazar
CHORUS MEMBERS SOPRANO
Melanie Burbules Sakinah Davis Stefani Dunn Chamblee Graham Julia Metry Natalie Rogers Robin Sewell Tiffany Uzoije
Sidnei Alferes Kyle Barnes Jose Caballero Sung-Bae Kim William McChriston Marc Porlier Cody Russell
Elizabeth Barnes Jessica Lane Allison Nance Amanda Perera Eva Sullivan Laurie Tossing
Christopher Connelly Mitch Gindlesperger Gus Godbee Samy Itskov Michael Lindsay Timothy Marshall Jadrian Tarver
SUPERNUMERARIES Kali McMillian Tamil Periasamy David van Mersbergen Megan Wartell
THE ATLANTA OPERA ORCHESTRA VIOLIN I
Peter Ciaschini The Loraine P. Williams Orchestra Concertmaster Chair
Charae Krueger Principal
David Bradley Principal Jason Eklund Richard Williams Ed Ferguson
Helen Kim Assistant Concertmaster Fia Durrett Principal Second Robert Givens Acting Assistant Principal Second Edward Eanes Virginia Fairchild Felix Farrar Martha Gardner Patti Gouvas Michele Mariage-Volz Lisa Morrison Shawn Pagliarini Patrick Ryan Angele Sherwood-Lawless Jessica Stinson Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum Andrzej Zabinski
Hilary Glen Assistant Principal David Hancock Mary Kenney Cynthia Sulko
BASS Lyn DeRamus Principal Adam Bernstein Emory Clements Christina Ottaviano
FLUTE Jim Zellers Principal Kelly Bryant
OBOE Diana Dunn Principal Martha Kleiner Oboe/English Horn
William Johnston Principal
David Odom Principal John Warren
Elizabeth Derderian-Wood Assistant Principal Leigh Dixon Julie Rosseter Karl Schab Joli Wu
TRUMPET Yvonne Toll Principal Hollie Lifshey
TROMBONE Mark McConnell Principal Edmon Nicholson Richard Brady Bass Trombone
TIMPANI John Lawless Principal
PERCUSSION Michael Cebulski Principal Jeff Kershner Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner
PERSONNEL MANAGER PERSONNEL MANAGER Mark McConnell Mark McConnell
Debra Grove Acting Principal John Grove
Musicians employed in this production are represented by the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
CHORUS SPOTLIGHT MITCH GINDLESPERGER BASS Georgia native Mitch Gindlesperger has been with The Atlanta Opera Chorus for 19 years (with an 11-year hiatus). He was last seen on the mainstage as a German soldier in Silent Night (2016). ROLES: Antonio, Le Nozze di Figaro Wolf/Woodsman, Little Red Riding Hood Second Solider, Salome Majordomo, La Rondine Armed Man, Magic Flute Old Gypsy, Il Trovotore Herald, Otello Herald, Rigoletto (twice) Second Philistine, Samson et Dalila German Solider 1, Silent Night Customs House Sargent, La Boheme Notario, Don Pasquale (Student Short)
MITCH GINDLESPERGER: I grew up in Duluth and got into music at a very early age through church and elementary school choirs.
audition where I didn’t have an aria that allowed for a lot of acting ability to be shown, so I had to act our the art song “Die Forelle” by Schubert. It’s a story about a trout swimming in a stream who gets caught by a fisherman, and it’s not meant to be acted. The whole process was very embarrassing, but they still accepted me into their school!
AO: What do you do when you’re not singing?
AO: What genres of music and/or artists do you like?
MG: I am married to my middle-school sweetheart, Melissa, and we have three wonderful boys: Mason, Miles and Merritt. They all keep me very busy, but I have a day job as the Director of Interns with Reformed University Fellowship.
MG: I will listen to almost anything, but the thing I listen to the most is sports talk radio. Go Dawgs!
AO: Tell us an audition story.
MG: I would probably choose to be a tenor if I HAD to be another voice part. They always get the most applause and always get the girl!
THE ATLANTA OPERA: Where did you grow up and how did you get into music?
MG: My auditions have never really gone as expected. I once did a graduate school 30
photo: Melissa Gindlesperger
AO: If you had to be another voice part, what would it be, and why?
CHORUS SPOTLIGHT AO: What are your favorite musical moments in The Daughter of the Regiment? MG: This will be my first time performing this opera, so I don’t yet have a favorite moment. I’m very much looking forward to learning the piece and finding my favorite musical moment! AO: What is your favorite Atlanta Opera moment? MG: I have two favorite moments. The first was at the very end of Samson et Dalila when Samson collapsed the temple by pushing against the temple’s pillars, and pillars went crashing toward the audience along with pieces of the temple falling from the ceiling. We would all stand offstage every night and watch the spectacle. The other moment was before our
performances of Falstaff in late September of 2001 when Maestro Scott and The Atlanta Opera Orchestra performed the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana as a way to remember the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington. They were beautiful moments that I think helped our community heal. AO: What should audiences listen for in this opera? MG: Listen for the tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its vertical leaps to a succession of high C's. I hear it’s amazing, and I can't wait to hear it live! AO: Any advice for young singers? MG: Be patient. Don’t push yourself too hard to do all the hard music. All of that will come. Most of all, have fun.
The Atlanta Opera mainstage production of Silent Night, Mitch as German Soldier 1. photo: Jeff Roffman
The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour performance of The Magic Flute at Norton Park Elementary School. photo: Jessica Kiger
OPERA IS EVERYWHERE BY JESSICA KIGER, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION MANAGER
At the end of last season we asked you to keep your eyes – and ears – open for The Atlanta Opera in the community. Here’s an update on where you might have seen us recently. In May, the Discoveries series, which showcases Atlanta’s diverse wealth of venues, partnered with New York-based On Site Opera to bring a site-specific production of Mozart’s The Secret Gardener to life at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The lush setting of the brandnew Skyline Garden provided the perfect setting to close out the season with Mozart’s story of love, madness, and redemption. In September, we opened the 2017-18 season with a return to the 32
intimate cabaret of Le Maison Rouge at Paris on Ponce for Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. This fall, The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour began its annual production for students featuring The Magic Flute. This new production, which combines captivating puppets with the talented artists of The Atlanta Opera Studio, will travel to schools around the state for more than forty-five performances this season. The Tour included a stop at the Center for Puppetry Arts in January for a four-performance residency, as well as performances in community venues such as the High Museum of Art, Spivey Hall, and Peachtree Presbyterian Church. In addition, you might have seen us at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse in
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT December for the sold-out return of From Opera to Opry; at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center for Carols & Cocktails; or at one of our many recitals or community events at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Alliance FranĂ§aise dâ€™Atlanta, Goethe Zentrum, Lenbrook senior community, and more! The Atlanta Opera will continue to be a vital arts presence in Atlanta by
bringing the power and passion of opera to thousands of students and audience members across the metro area. Our community and education partners are instrumental in helping The Atlanta Opera succeed, and we are grateful for their continued support. We encourage you to learn more about our community and education programs by visiting our website at www.atlantaopera.org.
(top) Jamie Allilaw singing for Carols and Cocktails at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. (bottom) Singers performing various selections at Lenbrook in Buckhead.
photos: Scott Hazleton and Jessica Kiger
OUR DONORS THE PEGGY & JACK MCDOWELL INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FUND Peggy and Jack McDowell love opera, and believe that every major city deserves a great opera company, and so for the past 31 years they have generously supported The Atlanta Opera. They know audiences come to opera for that magical feeling that takes over, when the curtain goes up and they see the set for the first time. Creating all that magic costs money, so the McDowells asked how they could help enhance the productions and create additional revenue for the company. The answer? Technology. One of the investments The Opera has made is in brand new, state of the art projectors, which help build texture and arresting visuals on top of The Opera’s already stunning sets. In the 2014-15 season, the use of projectors created visually spectacular scenes in Madama Butterfly, including the breathtaking full moon over the water, and also created the dreamlike backgrounds in the Discoveries productions of Winterreise and Soldier Songs. The use of projected images in this season’s production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman created the sense of the raging storm, ghost sailors, and even the portrait of the Dutchman hanging on the wall in the sewing factory. Throughout their lives, Peggy and Jack have been philanthropic leaders who support fiscally responsible organizations that serve the community. The Peggy and Jack McDowell Innovative Technology Fund 34
will provide funding for the purchase of new technology that will keep the magic alive in Atlanta Opera productions for years to come. A very special thank you to Peggy and Jack McDowell for helping us make the magic happen!
ANNUAL GIVING The following names represent gifts from individuals, The Atlanta Opera Board of Directors, staff, chorus, and orchestra. We express our most sincere thanks and appreciation to each of our donors. Their ongoing support allows The Atlanta Opera to continue building on its tradition of excellence by introducing new works and reimagining classics. Listed are the donors that contributed and/or pledged to The Annual Fund from July 1, 2016, through Dec. 1, 2017. DIAMOND $200,000+ Anonymous John & Rosemary Brown Ann & Frank Critz Donald & Marilyn Keough Foundation *Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jack C. McDowell $100,000+ Mr. & Mrs. Ronald R. Antinori Dr. Harold Brody & Mr. Donald Smith Jerry & Dulcy Rosenberg $50,000+ Nancy & *Jim Bland Mr. & Mrs. John L. Connolly Martha Thompson Dinos John L. Hammaker Mary & EP Rogers Foundation, Inc. Ms. Bunny Winter & Mr. Michael Doyle $25,000+ Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross Mary Ruth McDonald Victoria & Howard Palefsky Mr. William F. Snyder The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation Judith & Mark Taylor Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor Rhys T. & Carolyn Wilson $15,000+ Anonymous Cathy & Mark Adams Mr. David Boatwright The Laura & Montague Boyd Foundation *Heike & Dieter Elsner Mr. Robert P. Dean & Mr. Robert Epstein Mr. Arthur Fagen Mr. Howard W. Hunter - Gramma Fisher Foundation
Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough Mr. William E. Pennington *Mrs. Eleanor H. Strain $10,000+ Anonymous Mr. & *Mrs. Shepard B. Ansley Dr. Florence C. Barnett Mr. & Mrs. Andy Berg Elise R. Donohue Charitable Trust William Hyde, UBS Private Wealth Management Candy & Greg Johnson Mr. Kevin Kelly Mrs. Dale Levert & Mr. George W. Levert Mr. James B. Miller, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Paulhus Yee-Wan & John Stevens Bob & Cappa Woodward Charitable Fund PLATINUM $5,000+ Anonymous Mrs. Phillip E. Alvelda Bryan & Johanna Barnes Dr. Asad Bashey Mr. & Mrs. Dante Bellizzi Mrs. Elizabeth Tufts Bennett The Bickers Charitable Trust Dr. R. Dwain Blackston Ms. Rebecca Y. Frazer & Mr. Jon Buttrey Mr. & Mrs. Carl & Sally Gable Mr. L. D. Holland James M. Kane & Andrea Braslavsky Kane Mr. & Mrs. James C. Kennedy Dr. & Mrs. James Lowman Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Morelli, II Mr. James D. Powell Drs. Aileen & Richard Robinson John & Barbara Ross Dr. Joseph Smiddy
ANNUAL GIVING Baker & Debby Smith Mr. & Mrs. George B. Taylor, Jr. Mrs. Wadleigh C. Winship Mr. Allen W. Yee Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland $2,500+ Dr. Bruce Cassidy & Dr. Eda Hochgelerent Jean & Jerry Cooper Mr. Robert S. Devins Col. & Mrs. Edgar W. Duskin Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Dr. & Mrs. Donald J. Filip Mr. & Mrs. Lance Fortnow Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Hardin Hills Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Harry C. Howard Mr. & Mrs. Gert Kampfer Linda L. Lively & James E. Hugh III Donna & Trevor Lumb Belinda & Gino Massafra Mr. & Mrs. Allen P. McDaniel Mr. & Mrs. William A. Parker Mrs. Polly N. Pater Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence S. Phillips Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ratonyi Milton J. Sams Mr. & Mrs. J. Barry Schrenk Mr. & Mrs. Timothy E. Sheehan Morton & Angela Sherzer Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Shreiber Johannah Smith Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. St.Clare Dr. & Mrs. Nicholas Valerio III Larry & Beverly Willson GOLD $1,000+ Mrs. Pierce Allgood Mr. & Mrs. James Anderson Julie & Jim Balloun Mr. & Mrs. C. Duncan Beard Christine M. Beard Michael L. & Valerie W. Benoit Mr. & Mrs. Paul Blackney Mrs. Enrique E. Bledel Lou & Tom Jewell Sam & Boog Candler Don & Linda Coatsworth
Dr. John W. Cooledge Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft III Mrs. Lavona Currie Dr. & Mrs. F. Thomas Daly Jr. Ms. Suzanne Mott Dansby Mr. Kevin Dew & Mr. Hal Platt Mr. Richard H. Delay & Dr. Francine D. Dykes Rita Evans Ms. Ariana B. Fass Dr. Mary M. Finn R. Derril Gay, Ph.D. Mr. Richard Goodjoin Alex Graham Kevin Greiner & Robyn Roberts Judge Adele P. Grubbs Harald Hansen Mr. & Mrs. Howell Hollis III Mr. Thomas J. Collins & Jeff Holmes Ann P. Howington Mr. & Mrs. David C. Huffman Mary & Wayne James Mrs. Cecile M. Jones Marsha & David King Ms. Eleanor Kinsey Mr. & Mrs. Gedas Kutka Ms. Brenda O. Lambert Mrs. Treville Lawrence Ms. Salli LeVan Alex Livingston Dr. Carlos E. Lopez Dan D. Maslia Ms. Mimi S. Monett Ms. Priscilla M. Moran Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Nicholas III Mr. & Mrs. John L. O’Neal The Opera Guild for Atlanta Mr. Jeff Orr Clara M. & John S. O’Shea Mr. Darryl C. Payne & Ms. Lisa C. Richardson Lucy S. Perry Mrs. Betsy Pittman Dr. Michael F. Pratt & Nancy Peterman The Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. Lynn & Kent Regenstein R.J. & D.G. Riffey, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. George P. Rodrigue Katherine Scott Mr. Fred B. Smith Mr. Paul Snyder
ANNUAL GIVING Lynne & Steven Steindel Mr. Peter James Stelling Dr. Jane T. St. Clair & Mr. James E. Sustman Mr. Tarek Takieddini Thomas & Loraine Williams Foundation Tull Charitable Foundation Alan & Marcia Watt Mrs. Jody Collins Weatherly Rae & George Weimer Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. R. Craig Woodward Dr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Yuschok Mr. & Mrs. Andy & Sarah Zabinski $500+ Anonymous Mr. C. Scott Akers, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert O. Banker Ms. Lauren Benevich Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Betor Ms. Marta V. Boulineau Stanford M. Brown Bob & Marion Bunker Martha S. Brewer Chris Casey & Douglas Weiss Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Catalfano Mr. & Mrs. Raymond H. Chenault Mrs. Carol J. Clark Mr. Lawrence M. Cohen Mrs. Jan W. Collins Mrs. Claudia Colvin Ms Lillianette Cook & Ms. Carol Uhl Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Curry Maureen & Michael Dailey Mr. Mark du Mas Mr. & Mrs. Louis Ederington Ms. Elizabeth R. Etoll Ms. DeeAnn E. Evans Mr. & Mrs. Michael Flaherty Micah Fortson John Gam, Ph. D. Mrs. John W. Grant III Nancy & Holcombe Green Dr. Thomas N. Guffin, Jr. Ms. Louise S. Gunn Mr. Robert & Dr. Ada Habl Mr. Ronald L. Harris & Mrs. Jacqueline Pownall Dean & Vivian Haulton Mr. George Hickman, III
Donna & Richard Hiller Alegra N. Horne Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz Richard & Linda Hubert Mr. David Hutchison Mr. Scott Ingram Mr. & Mrs. Fred R. Keith Ronnie & Peter Kessenich Joan & Arnold Kurth Chris & Jill Le Sophie Li Dr. Robert & Judge Stephanie Manis Samantha & William Markle Shelley McGehee Jane & Jim Murray Terri & Stephen Nagler John & Agnes Nelson Mr. Vernon Norris Mr. David Paule & Mr. Gary Mann Mr. Lawrence F. Pinson Mr. Daniel V. Pompilio III & Mrs. Lark Ingram John Pruitt Mr. John B. Rofrano Sandra & Ronald Rousseau Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Mr. Charles Sharbaugh Gail & Barry Spurlock Judge Mike & Mrs. Jane Stoddard Steve & Christine Strong Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P. Stuk , Jr. Kay & Alex Summers Suzanne & Mark Sykes Dr. & Mrs. Michael Szikman Mr. & Mrs. Alan Taylor Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor Mr. James D. Tyson Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Walden Dr. & Mrs. Sam Williams Virginia S. Williams Kiki Wilson Dr. & Mrs. David Wingert Jan & Beattie Wood Ms. Jerrie Woodward $350+ Anonymous Dr. Raymond Allen Mr. & Mrs. William A. Allison Dr. & Mrs. Jerry Blumenthal
ANNUAL GIVING Mr. David F. Chastain III Mr. N. Jerold Cohen & Ms. Andrea Strickland Melanie Collins Mr. & Mrs. Newt Collinson Dr. & Mrs. Albert De Chicchis James C. Goodwyne & Christopher S. Connelly Mr. & Mrs. W. Barrett Howell, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Edward Katze John & JoAnn Keller Livvy Kazer Lipson Richard Lodise & Valerie Jagiella Mr. Thomas L. McCook Mr. M. Sean Molley Dr. Patricia S. Moulton Barbara & Mark Murovitz Mr. & Mrs. Stephen L. Naman Mr. & Mrs. Henry C. Parrish III Mr. Stephen L. Rann Mr. & Mrs. John Stephenson Dr. Susan Y. Stevens Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Tuller Dr. & Mrs. David Vroon Jone Williams SILVER $100+ Anonymous Mr. Thomas A. Adams, Jr. Judith Alembik Dr. Catherine Allard Dr. Robert & Mrs. Lynne Alpern Mr. William F. & Joan M. Amideo Mr. William D. Amis Mr. & Mrs. Gunnar Anderson Michael Arasin Ms. Janice Arsan Mrs. William B. Astrop Atlanta Opera Orchestra Players Association Mr. & Mrs. Randall T. Bailey Mrs. Elizabeth Bair Ms. Margaret Banton Colonel & Mrs. John V. Barson, D.O. Mr. Daniel Bauman Mr. Walter Beamer Daniel & Bethann Berger Mr. & Mrs. Matthew H. Bernstein Mr. Matt Blackburn Mr. Michael Blackwood Richard Blumberg
Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal & Dr. Marjorie Speers Ms. Martha Bobo Dianne Brannen Mr. Paul Brenner Ms. Melodye G. Brown Leanne Beutler Mark & Peg Bumgardner Wilton & Victoria Bunch Mr. & Mrs. Mark L. Burdette, Jr. Natalia C. Burdette Ms. Jennifer C. Burleigh Ms. Anne Burnett Dr. J. Bricker Burns Dr. Johnella E. Butler Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Butterfield Mrs. Barbara C. Cade Drs. Brenda & Craig Caldwell Dr. & Mrs. W. Jerry Capps Thomas S. Caras, M.D. Mr. Dan Carithers Ms. Patricia Carlson Mr. Michael Carver Mr. & Mrs. George Cemore Mr. Harold Chapman, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Arthur E. Chapman Dr. Earle D. Clowney Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Cohen Dr. & Mrs. Sheldon B. Cohen Ms. Rebecca R. Danis Carol Comstock & Jim Davis Narcisa Constantin Dr. & Mrs. John E. Cooke Mr. Bruce W. & Mrs. Kate Cotterman Mr. & Mrs. David Courtney Mr. & Mrs. Francis M. Craft Mr. Frank Craft Mr. & Mrs. John H. Crawford Mrs. June Crawford Mrs. Eleanor Crosby Ms. Delia T. Crouch Ms. Ann Cummings Mr. & Mrs. Richard D’Amaro Mr. David D’Ambrosio Mr. & Mrs. Harold T. Daniel Jr. Dr. Jiyoung Daniel Mr. James M. Datka & Ms. Nora P. DePalma Mrs. Barbara Derketsch & Mr. Joel Derketsch Jim & Carol Dew Terrence DeWitt
ANNUAL GIVING Phillip Diaddigo Dr. & Mrs. Ivan Diamond Giovanni Dipalma The Dowd Foundation Mr. & Mrs. John Drucker Mr. & Mrs. David R. Dye Ms. Antoinette J. Earley Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Eckardt Ms. Paula L. Ellis Mr. & Mrs. H. Alan Elsas Mr. Sergio Favalli Joann Felder Mrs. Arnoldo Fiedotin Mike Figura Ms. Martha Fineman Dr. & Mrs. Stanley Fineman Ms. Hope Caldwell-Foster Dr. & Mrs. Richard D. Franco, MD Mr. Jeffrey A. Freeman Ms. Mozelle Funderburk Mrs. Anda Gadidov Mr. Glen Galbaugh Mr. Kevin Gallagher Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ganz Mary L. Garner Ms. Anne Marie Gary Mr. James Gary Ms. Maryanne F. Gaunt Dan & Harriet Gill Col. & Mrs. Donald M. Gilner Dr. & Mrs. Martin Goldstein Mrs. Carol Goodman Ms. Leslie Leland Barbara Govert Mr. & Mrs. Duncan S. Gray Jr. Beverly Green Mr. William Green Daniel Griffin Ms. Anne L. Grossman Jim & Virginia Hale Ms. Marilyn M. Hall Anne Hammond Anno Hardage Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Harley Beth Hausmann Mr. Scott Hazleton Dr. Gary Henschen Dr. Thomas High Sarah Hill
Ms. Mary Katherine Hodgson James E. Honkisz & Catherine A. Binns Douglas Hooker & Patrise Perkins Hooker Dr. & Mrs. S. G. Hornsby, Jr. Mrs. Sally Horntvedt Dr. Karen Kuehn Howell Mrs. J. C. Huffard Ms. Jan W. Hughen Ms. Irmgard S. Immel Mr. Rolf Ingenleuf Robert & Barbara Jackson Mrs. Mary O. Jensen Ms. Susan Johnston & Mrs. Shannon Motley Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Johnston Cliff Jolliff & Elaine Gerke Mr. & Mrs. Harrison Jones Ms. Lynne Elliott Jones Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Juchelka Mr. Stephen J. Kalista Mr. & Mrs. Windell R. Keith Dr. Gail M. Kendall Jane & Bob Kibler Ms. Donna J. Kilgore Mr. Chris Kitchens Mr. Al Klicius Dr. Rose Mary Kolpatzki Helen & Steven Kraus Mr. E. T. Laird Ms. Jane S. Langford Mrs. Emma Lankford Juliette & Andrew Lebor Allyna Lee Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. Mrs. Jeanine Lewis Ms. Mieghan Lewis Ms. Joanne Lincoln Mr. Sidney E. Linton Mr. & Mrs. Allen H. Lipis Vaneesa & Allan Little Mr. & Mrs. John R. Maddox Barbara Martin Ms. Nancy Martin Christina McCoy Michael McDaniel Ms. Robin McDonald Mrs. Gwendolyn Michel Cindy & Edward Miller Mr. Simon Miller Judith A. Monsaas
ANNUAL GIVING Mr. & Mrs. Dudley Moore James Moore David Turnage & Alice Nelson Mr. Denis Ng Mr. & Mrs. David Norris Felton & Mary Norwood The Honorable & Mrs. George A. Novak Ms. Kaaren Nowicki Mr. John Owens Ms. Sandra S. Owens Mr. Joseph M. Pabst Hyun Park & Morgan Harris Rev. Louisa T. Parson Edward & Marjorie Patterson Dr. & Mrs. John G. Paty, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John Payan Mr. Andreas Penninger Ms. Mary Percy Ms. Sandra Perkowitz Mr. W. Ray Persons Ms. Sophia B. Peterman Susan & David Peterson Mr. & Mrs. John H. Petrey Drs. Frank & Robin Petruzielo Mr. & Mrs. Raymond H. Pirtle, Jr. Ms. Catherine Popper & Mr. Noah Eckhouse *Sharon & Jim Radford Mrs. Karin Radosta Eden W. Rafshoon Mr. & Mrs. John Philip Rogers Mr. James Rollins Mr. Daniel D. Ross Ms. Linda Rubin Wallace & Cindy Sagendorph Weslyn A. Samson Dr. Anne Saravo Dr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Scanlan Crista & Glenn D. Schaab Mr. & Mrs. James Schiwal Mac & Duhi Schneider Mr. Donald Schreiber & Ms. Barbara Seal Ms. Regina Schuber Mr. & Mrs. John A. Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. David M. Scoular Mrs. Heather A. Shepherd Mr. & Mrs. Jim Shepherd Carolyn H. Sherman Mr. Joshua Shubin Mr. Robert Sidewater
Helga Hazelrig Siegel Adrienne Silberman Mr. Robert L. Silverman Dr. & Mrs. Stuart H. Silverman Sharon Silvermintz Mrs. Debra Sinko Miss Renee Smiley Dr. Jean C. Smith Dr. & Mrs. Stanley J. Smits Maidee & Jim Spencer Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stansfield Mrs. Fred Stewart Mr. & Mrs. Frederick A. Stuart David & Marjorie Summers Mr. John Sumrall Dr. David E. Sutherland II & Mrs. Sarah F. Yates Sutherland Carolyn & Robert Swain Barbara & Jon Swann David C. Talbert Mrs. Margaret Talmadge Howell Mr. Eric Taylor Ms. Virginia S. Taylor Lawrence Thomas Ms. Nancy A. Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Randall Thomas Mr. & Mrs. William R. Thurman, Jr. Ms. Elizabeth R. Trulock Mrs. Marjorie E. Vaught Dr. & Mrs. James H. Venable Mr. Bradley Vernatter Ms. Marylee Vetrano Mary Jane & Jorge Vilanova Mrs. Linda P. Vinal Ms. Brenda D. Jennings Ms. Laura P. Wagner Mrs. Rebecca Warner Mr. & Mrs. Stephen G. Warner Ms. Parsla A. Welch Mr. & Mrs. Marshall J. Wellborn, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. White Thomas R. Williams Family Ms. Beth Williamson Emily Willingham & Dixon Adair Mrs. Loretta C. Wolf Mr. & Mrs. E. Jenner Wood III Mrs. Mary S. Wright Dr. Edward Zaiko & Dr. Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko Mr. & Mrs. John Zellner *deceased
TOGETHER, LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR NATION’S HEROES The Home Depot Foundation is proud to partner with the Atlanta Opera to honor our U.S. military, veterans and their families.
© 2018 Homer TLC, Inc. All rights reserved.
CORPORATE PARTNERS $100,000+ The Coca-Cola Company Fidelity Southern Corporation The Home Depot Foundation $50,000+ Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Gas South $10,000+ Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters Republic National Distributing Co., Inc. National Distributing Co., Inc. PNC Wealth Management SAP Success Factors
$5,000+ Atlantic Trust Georgia Dermatology Center Indian Hills Country Club Modern Luxury St. Regis Atlanta UBS Financial Services Inc. $2,500+ BNY Mellon Wealth Management Wallace Graphics $1,000+ Anonymous Empire Distributors, Inc.
FOUNDATION & GOVERNMENT SUPPORT Listed below are organizations that contributed and/or pledged to The Atlanta Opera between July 1, 2016 and Dec. 1, 2017. FOUNDATIONS $1,000,000+ Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation $850,000+ Lettie Pate Evans Foundation $750,000+ The Goizueta Foundation $225,000+ Livingston Foundation $50,000+ Atlanta Music Festival Association The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. The Sara Giles Moore Foundation The Zeist Foundation $20,000+ J. Marshall and Lucile G. Powell Charitable Trust The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Opera America, Inc. $10,000+ George M. Brown Trust Fund Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc.
$5,000+ Camp-Younts Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. Fraser-Parker Foundation JBS Foundation Nordson Corporate Foundation Norfolk Southern Corporation Foundation Turner Broadcasting $1,000+ Bright Wings Foundation Enterprise Holdings Foundation Kiwanis Foundation of Atlanta, Inc Mary Brown Fund of Atlanta, Georgia Piedmont National Family Foundation Publix Super Markets Charities GOVERNMENT FUNDING $20,000+ Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs National Endowment for the Arts $15,000+ Georgia Council for the Arts
ENCORE CIRCLE The Atlanta Opera established the Encore Circle to recognize donors who have designated The Opera as a beneficiary in their estate plan. Gifts from these individuals ensure our progress for generations to come. Anonymous Mr. & *Mrs. Shepard B. Ansley Mrs. Wallace F. Beard The Bickers Charitable Trust Mr. Montague L. Boyd, IV Ms. Mary D. Bray Mr. Robert Colgin Martha Thompson Dinos The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation Arnold & Sylvia Eaves Ms. Dorothy E. Edwards *Heike & Dieter Elsner Ms. Melodi Ford Carl & Sally Gable Peg Simms Gary Mr. & Mrs. Sidney W. Guberman Ms. Judy Hanenkrat Mr. Hilson Hudson *Mrs. Joseph B. Hutchison Mr. J. Carter Joseph Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy Ms. Corina M. LaFrossia Dr. Jill Mabley Mr. & Mrs. John G. Malcolm
Mr. Robert L. Mays Mr. & Mrs. Allen P. McDaniel Mr & Mrs. Jack C. McDowell Mr. & Mrs. Craig N. Miller Miss Helen D. Moffitt Mr. J. Robert Morring Clara M. & John S. Oâ€™Shea Mrs. Polly N. Pater Mr. William E. Pennington Mr. Bruce Roth Ms. Hazel Sanger Mr. D. Jack Sawyer, Jr. Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel *Ms. Barbara D. Stewart Dr. Jane T. St. Clair & Mr. James E. Sustman *Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Teepen Dr. & Mrs. Harold Whitney *Mrs. Jane S. Willson Rhys T. Wilson Ms. Bunny Winter & Mr. Michael Doyle Mr. Charles R. Yates, Jr. & Mrs. Mary Mitchell Yates *Mr. & *Mrs. Charles R. Yates, Sr. Mr. Allen W. Yee, Esq. *deceased
TRIBUTES & MEMORIALS IN HONOR OF CATHY CALLAWAY ADAMS Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Ms. Susanna Eiland
IN HONOR OF BEN DAVIS Ms. Beth Hausmann
IN MEMORY OF MRS. BOYCE L. ANSLEY Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft III Katherine & Rich D'Amaro The Dowd Foundation Mr. & Mrs. H. Alan Elsas Nancy & Holcombe Green Mr. & Mrs. Sidney W. Guberman J. & Sarah Hehir Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Hills Mr. & Mrs. W. Barrett Howell, Jr. Mrs. J. C. Hufford Mary & Wayne James Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough Mr. & Mrs. Allen P. McDaniel Felton & Mary Norwood Milton J. Sams Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Mr. & Mrs. J. Barry Schrenk Mr. & Mrs. Jim Shepherd Ms. Laura S. Spearman Judith & Mark Taylor Mrs. Pat Thomas Mrs. Rebecca Warner Dr. & Mrs. R. Mark Wilkiemeyer Mr. & Mrs. E. Jenner Wood Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Ms. Susanna Eiland
IN HONOR OF MR. ROBERT P. DEAN Mr. Thomas J. Collins & Jeff Holmes
IN HONOR OF MR. WALTER HUFF Milton J. Sams IN MEMORY OF DR. JOSEPH & MRS. RUTH P. BARNETT Dr. Florence C. Barnett IN MEMORY OF DR. JAMES W. BLAND, JR. Mr. & Mrs. J. Barry Schrenk Dr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Yuschok IN HONOR OF DR. HAROLD BRODY Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Ms. Susanna Eiland IN HONOR OF ROSEMARY & JOHN BROWN Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Ms. Susanna Eiland
IN MEMORY OF MRS. THELMA DEAN Marianne Craft Rae & George Weimer IN MEMORY OF RICHARD DIADDIGO Mr. Phillip Diaddigo IN HONOR OF MR. ROBERT G. EDGE Mrs. Eleanor Crosby Leslie Gordon & Blake Leland IN MEMORY OF ULF-DEITER FILIPP Ms. Kaaren Nowicki IN HONOR OF MR. HOWARD W. HUNTER Mrs. Sarah Peck
TRIBUTES & MEMORIALS IN MEMORY OF MRS. KATHRYN H. HUTCHISON Mrs. Willilam B. Astrop Mr. & Mrs. George A. Bird Ms. Kelley C. Buttrick Mr. Dan Carithers Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Cohen Mr. Frank Craft Mr. & Mrs. John H. Crawford Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft III Mr. & Mrs. F. Tread Davis, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Mr. Peter J. Giglia Mrs. Carol Goodman Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Hills Ms. Mary Katherine Hodgson Mr. & Mrs. W. Barret Howell, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Peter Howell Mrs. J. C. Huffard Mr. David Hutchison Mr. & Mrs. Harrison Jones Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny Mr. & Mrs. James JamcesC.C.Kennedy Kennedy *Mr. & *Mrs. Donald R. Keough E.T. & Louise Laird Mr. & Mrs. John R. Maddox Barbara Martin Mr. Dudley L. Moore Mr. William E. Pennington Mr. & Mrs. Raymond H. Pirtle, Jr. Eden W. Rafshoon Mrs. Louis Regenstein Mr. Paul S. Scharff & Mrs. Polly G. Fraser Dr. Stuart J. Toporoff Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Tuller Mr. & Mrs. Marshall J. Wellborn, Jr. Emily Willingham & Dixon Adair Ms. Gail Wilson Jan & Beattie Wood IN HONOR OF MR. ALFRED D. KENNEDY Mr. Allen W. Yee IN MEMORY OF MR. CARL W. KNOBLOCH, JR. Rae & George Weimer Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Ms. Susanna Eiland
IN HONOR OF MR. GEORGE W. LEVERT Anno Hardage IN MEMORY HUGH & PAULA MARX Piedmont National Family Foundation IN HONOR OF PEGGY & JACK MCDOWELL Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Ms. Susanna Eiland IN MEMORY OF JANET MIDDLEBROOKS Mr. & Mrs. John Riley IN HONOR OF MR. JAMES B. MILLER, JR. John Pruit IN HONOR OF MARY RUTH MCDONALD Mr. & Mrs. Duncan S. Gray Jr. IN MEMORY OF CECIL O. PHARR, JR. Mr. & Mrs. Mark L. Burdette, Jr. Mrs. Jane Langford Mrs. Debra Sinko IN HONOR OF FAYE POPPER Ms. Catherine Popper & Mr. Noah Eckhouse IN HONOR OF DAPHNE J. SEVERANCE Mr. Mike Figura IN MEMORY OF MR. ROBERT SNEAD Dr. Florence C. Barnett IN MEMORY OF MRS. ELEANOR H. STRAIN Virginia J. Lam Ms. Katherine Lawrence Allyna Lee Dr. & Mrs. James Lowman Samantha & William Markle Mary Ruth McDonald Mr. Vernon Norris Mr. William E. Pennington Rise Pollard Suzanne & Mark Sykes Mrs. Marjorie E. Vaught Rae & George Weimer
TRIBUTES & MEMORIALS IN MEMORY OF MR. THOMAS H. TEEPEN Mr. & Mrs. David S. Baker Dr. Sheldon B. Cohen Mr. Joshua Shubin IN HONOR OF MR. WILLIAM E. TUCKER Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Ms. Susanna Eiland IN HONOR OF MRS. REBECCA WARNER Mr. Allen W. Yee IN MEMORY OF MADISON WEEKS Judge Adele P. Grubbs IN MEMORY OF MS. GOLDIE T. WEINSTEIN Ms. Edith Kelman Lori Smith IN MEMORY OF MARYA GABRIELLE WILLIAMS Jone Williams
IN MEMORY OF MRS. LORAINE P. WILLIAMS Mrs. William B. Astrop Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Williams Thomas & Loarine Williams Foundation Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Ms. Susanna Eiland IN MEMORY OF MRS. EUGENIA C. WILSON *Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. IN HONOR OF MR. CHARLES R. YATES, JR. Mr. & Mrs. John Stephenson Dr. David E. Sutherlan II & Mrs. Sarah F. Yates Sutherland Mr. & Mrs. Alan Taylor IN MEMORY OF MRS. DOROTHY M. YATES Mr. & Mrs. J. Barry Schrenk IN HONOR OF MR. ALLEN W. YEE Ms. Heather Karellas IN HONOR OF MISS MAYA ZVULUN Mr. & Mrs. Wayne James *deceased
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS
CHAIR Ms. Cathy Callaway Adams IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Mr. William E. Tucker VICE CHAIR Mr. John L. Hammaker VICE CHAIR Mr. Rhys T. Wilson VICE CHAIR Mr. Charles “Charlie” R. Yates, Jr. TREASURER Mr. Robert Dean SECRETARY Mr. Michael E. Paulhus
Ms. Elizabeth Adler Mr. Bryan H. Barnes Mr. Dante Bellizzi Mr. Andy Berg Mr. Montague L. Boyd, IV Mrs. Rosemary Kopel Brown Ms. Mary Calhoun Mr. Mario Concha Dr. Frank A. Critz Ms. Martha Thompson Dinos Mr. Robert G. Edge Mr. Dieter Elsner Dr. Donald J. Filip Mr. Kevin Greiner Mrs. Joanne Chesler Gross Mr. Howard W. Hunter Mr. Gregory F. Johnson
Mrs. Nancy Carter Bland The Very Reverend Samuel G. Candler Mr. Carl I. Gable, Jr. Mrs. Nancy Hall Green Mrs. Mary B. James Mr. Carter Joseph Mrs. Emily Knobloch Mr. George Levert
Mr. Kevin Kelly Mr. Alfred Kennedy, Jr. Mr. Michael Keough Mr. Andrew Long Mr. James B. Miller Mrs. Sandra S. Morelli Mr. William E. Pennington Mr. Herbert J. Rosenberg Mr. Charles Sharbaugh Mr. Timothy E. Sheehan Mr. Alex Simmons, Jr. Mr. William F. Snyder Mrs. Christine St.Clare Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr. Ms. Bunny Winter Mr. Allen W. Yee
Mrs. Peggy McDowell Mr. Harmon "Sandy" B. Miller, III Mr. Bruce A. Roth Mr. J. Barry Schrenk Mr. Mark K. Taylor Mr. Thomas R. Williams Mr. Robert G. Woodward 47
Tomer Zvulun CEO, GENERAL & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Micah Fortson MANAGING DIRECTOR
Arthur Fagen CARL & SALLY GABLE MUSIC DIRECTOR Lauren Bailey DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION Jessica Kiger AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION MANAGER Rolando Salazar ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR/INTERIM CHORUS MASTER/ MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR Wade Thomas ARTISTIC SERVICES & STUDIO MANAGER Mark McConnell ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL MANAGER Adelaide Federici ORCHESTRA LIBRARIAN
Dave Smith DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION Joanna Schmink COSTUMES COORDINATOR Brian August PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Christopher Dills RESIDENT SCENIC DESIGNER/PROPS COORDINATOR RenÃ©e Varnas RESIDENT ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Justin Michel LIGHTING SUPERVISOR Jody Cohen PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Mary Torres FIRST HAND Abigail Polston CUTTER/DRAPER Alexandra M. Nattrass STITCHER Laura Elizabeth Payne STITCHER
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Inga V. Murro CONTROLLER Kenneth R. Timmons HUMAN RESOURCES & OFFICE MANAGER Ruth Strickland BOOKKEEPER Laina Bennett EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE GENERAL & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 48
Rae Weimer DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Rachel Jorgensen DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS Daniel Britt MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER Greg Carraway FOUNDATION & GRANTS MANAGER James Tyson ANNUAL FUND MANAGER Brandon Gardner PROJECT & EVENTS MANAGER Katie Lawrence DEVELOPMENT SERVICES & DATABASE MANAGER
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Holly Hanchey DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Scott Hazleton DIRECTOR OF MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS Renee Smiley TICKETING & PATRON SERVICES MANAGER Matt Burkhalter CREATIVE SERVICES MANAGER Rebecca Danis MARKETING MANAGER
The Atlanta Opera | 1575 Northside Drive N.W., Suite 350 | Atlanta, GA 30318 404-881-8885 | atlantaopera.org
photo: Jeff Roffman Photography 49
HOUSE POLICIES CONCESSIONS
Concession stands are located in the center of the lobbies on all three levels. Food and beverage items are prohibited inside the theater. Thank you for your cooperation.
Restrooms are located on house right and house left of all three lobbies. Family restrooms are also located on house right of all three lobbies. Mobility-impaired patrons may use any of our restrooms.
There are 1,000 parking spaces available at $6 per car. Valet service is available for $10. Please be sure to allow enough time for travel to the theater and parking as there is no late seating.
Persons requiring access assistance are asked to contact the box office at 770-916-2850 for advance arrangements. Audio-clarification devices are available to our hearing-impaired guests at no charge. This is on a first-come, first-served basis, or you may call the House Manager ahead of time to reserve one at 770-916-2828. A limited number of booster seats are also available. All items require a form of identification to be held until the item is returned.
COBB ENERGY CENTRE RULES & REQUESTS
• All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the performance. Please be aware that not all performances are suitable for children.
• Infants will not be admitted to adult programs. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.
There is one Bank of North Georgia ATM located in the grand lobby.
Coat check is available at the concierge desk.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, please locate the nearest usher who will direct you to the appropriate exit.
Elevators are located on each side of the lobbies on all levels.
LOST & FOUND
Lost and Found items are turned into the concierge desk on the day of a performance. To inquire about a lost item, please call the House Manager at 770-916-2828.
Smoking is prohibited inside the building. 50
• There is no late seating allowed. Closedcircuit monitors are provided in the lobby as a courtesy to latecomers. • Please turn off all cellphones prior to the beginning of each performance. • Please limit conversation during the performance. • Cameras (including use of cellphone camera) and audio and video recording devices are strictly prohibited at all times. • Leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous and we ask that you refrain from doing so. • Please unwrap all candies and cough drops before the performance.
LET’S BE FRIENDS
ENCORE PAGE House Ad
At Encore Atlanta, we love our fans.
That’s why we frequently give away tickets, share special 50% off deals and the best Atlanta has to offer every day. So connect with Encore Atlanta on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest!
THE ENCORE ATLANTA
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? AMERICAN PACES & VINE — Located in The Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus led by Atlanta Chef Kyle Schmidt who comes to Paces & Vine after eight years in Atlanta kitchens King and Duke, JCT Kitchen and No. 246, among others. Lunch, dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com
The truffle mac-and-cheese at Paces & Vine is a don’t-miss kinda dish. Seriously.
PACES & VINE
Try one of these great Cobb County restaurants before or after the show. For dinner-and-show packages, please visit encoreatlanta.com/offers.
4300 Paces Ferry Road S.E. Atlanta, GA 30339
call for reservations (404)205-8255 | www.pacesandvine.com
HALF-OFF WINE BOTTLE SUNDAYS Join us Sundays for half-priced bottles of wine! Choose from our extensive wine list and toast to a weekend well spent. Treat yourself!
Monday: 11am - 9pm Tuesday-Friday: 11am - 10pm Saturday 10am - 10pm Sunday: 10am - 9pm Limited Bar Menu: 3pm - 5pm Sat/Sun Brunch: 10am - 3pm
THE ENCORE ATLANTA [COBB COUNTY] DINING GUIDE Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta.com. ITALIAN CRISPINA — Neapolitan style ristorante and pizzeria in Vinings. Pizza dough is naturally leavened, never frozen, and pastas are made freshly daily. 3300 Cobb Parkway SE, Unit 208, 678-426-7149, crispinaatlanta.com.
SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Lunch, dinner (both have gluten-free options) plus their All-American Sunday dinner: a lobster boil. Order ahead to ensure availability, Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 770.801.0069, sohoatlanta.com. CREOLE/CAJUN COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz RIGHT: COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS’ Eggplant Pirogue: fried eggplant slices, au gratin sauce, Gulf shrimp, fresh crab claws served on a bed of angel hair pasta.
MARK F BAXTER, COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS
SOHO’s Painted Hills short rib tacos, black pepper mustard, caramelized onions, cilantro sauce in potato shell.
MEXICAN CINCO – Authentic, Latin-infused Mexican cuisine served in a setting that is designed to put a contemporary twist on Mexico’s culture. Unique menu offers an upscale variety of items that are carefully prepared from scratch, using only the finest ingredients. Fire-roasted salsa is made fresh several times a day and their signature guacamole is always made to order. Wide selection of tequilas from moderately priced to, well — check out their $100 margarita, “perfect for any occasion,” they say. 2851 Akers Mill Rd SE, 770-952-5550, cincorestaurants.com
FRESH, SEASONAL FOOD IN VININGS VILLAGE Join us before or after the show! Theater menu available.
4300 Paces Ferry Road • 770.801.0089 • www.SOHOatlanta.com
Soho_TAO1511 hp.indd 1
11/3/15 10:42 PM
Celebrating Cobb Energy Centre Patrons and the Arts
The Battery Atlanta | 2605 Circle 75 Pkwy | www.c-ellets.com
1.6 MILLION AMERICANS
SUFFER FROM CROHN’S OR COLITIS
CHANCES ARE, IT’S SOMEONE YOU KNOW.
Imagine living a life filled with excruciating pain, mental anguish, surgeries, and constant disruptions. Now imagine not knowing when those things will happen. That’s Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. For 1.6 million Americans, including thousands of children, that life is a cruel reality. They need you to stand up for them. You can work with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America to help find cures and give support.
What are you waiting for? HELP SOMEONE YOU KNOW.
ARTFULLY YOURS Whether itâ€™s music from the movies or the classical masters with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, a classic ballet at the Lafayette Society for the Performing Arts, or your favorite Broadway-style production onstage at LaGrange Collegeâ€™s Price Theatre, you can enjoy a full season of performing arts in our community. Just a short drive from Atlanta, visit LaGrange where you can escape the humdrum of everyday life. Plan your journey our way at
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ITALIAN RESTAURANT ANTIPASTI • ZUPPA E INSALATA • PRIMI PIATTO • VITELLO E CARNI • POLLO • PESCE • DOLCE
DINNER + LIVE ENTERTAINMENT SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK OPEN FOR LUNCH TUESDAY - FRIDAY
3000 Old Alabama Road • Johns Creek, Ga. 30022 • (770) 664-8055 email@example.com • altobelis.com
What do a popsicle duo, a swinger, and Humpty Dumpty’s doppelganger have in common?
Vibrant, thriving communities across the country share a common bond: a strong commitment to public art.
Join us in Town Center Park to meet the 20-or-so new Suwanee residents that make up our ﬁfth Suwanee SculpTour temporary sculpture exhibition, joining the 16 pieces of art in the city’s permanent collection.
Ins Ist on makI ng a t o a s t. Enj oy l I f E t o t hE f ul l E s t thEr E a rE no drE ss rE hE a r s a l s . h av E y o ur st E ak and E at I t, t o o .
Fou r AtlAntA restA ur Ants to se rv e Y o u Alpharetta · Buckhead · Centennial olympic Park · Kennesaw For location details, visit RuthsChris.net
WellStar and Mayo Clinic. Working together. Working for you. As a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, WellStar Health System is even closer to achieving our vision of world-class healthcare. Through this innovative collaboration, WellStar doctors have special access to Mayo Clinic knowledge, expertise and resources while patients continue to receive care delivered right here, close to home. And now with even more WellStar locations working together with Mayo Clinic, you get peace of mind knowing that we are here for you. Innovation. World-class care. WellStar. For more information, please visit wellstar.org/mayo. For physician referral, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 inpatient hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-forprofit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.
We believe in life well-lived.
Encore Atlanta is the official show program for the Fox Theatre; the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Art...
Published on Feb 16, 2018
Encore Atlanta is the official show program for the Fox Theatre; the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Art...