Romeo and Juliet at The Atlanta Opera

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Welcome to our new production of Romeo et Juliette, our final production of the 2015-16 season. Closing with this grand opera feels like an appropriate ending for this exciting season. As I reflect on this past year I realize how much variety we offered our audiences: a fresh new interpretation of Puccini’s beloved La bohème; a powerful, contemporary Soldier Songs; a visually striking Winter Journey; and, most recently, the incredibly popular The Pirates of Penzance at the Cobb Energy Centre. This season was the most successful we have had to date for multiple reasons. It was a season of critical acclaim. Our Discoveries series was named one of Atlanta’s Best of 2015 by the AJC. The Atlanta Opera was nominated for the International Opera Awards in London and the Huffington Post wrote an article about innovative opera companies featuring The Atlanta Opera. It was also a season of record sales. The popularity of La bohème was followed by the staggering success of The Pirates of Penzance, a show that required us to add an additional performance and ended up being the highest-grossing production in the history of The Atlanta Opera. 8

When we announced our blockbuster 2016-17 season last month, I couldn’t help but think about the dramatic expansion and growth that the company has experienced in the past three years. We will be performing six operas next season with 23 performances. Since 2013, we have doubled the amount of productions and performances and have not only added another full mainstage production, but also created the Discoveries series, which allows us to perform little-known operas in unique venues around metro Atlanta. Next year, we will perform the steamy tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires on the Atlanta BeltLine in an intimate cabaret setting at Paris on Ponce. In addition, we will collaborate with the innovative New York-based On Site Opera to produce a Mozart masterpiece, The Secret Gardener, in a well-known Atlanta garden. These rarely done shows in unexpected venues are delectable side dishes to the healthy, diverse main courses of the season: Puccini’s spectacular Turandot, Mozart’s bubbly The Abduction From the Seraglio, Kevin Puts’ powerful Silent Night and Donizetti’s delicious Don Pasquale. I encourage you to get your season tickets and show your support for an organization that is not only here to provide you with fabulous entertainment, but that is also becoming a true civic jewel for this international city. I hope you enjoy the show and I look forward to seeing you next season!

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ROMEO AND JULIET CREDITS MUSIC Charles Gounod LIBRETTO Jules Barbier and Michel Carreé FIRST PERFORMANCE Théâtre-Lyrique in Paris on April 27, 1867 CONDUCTOR Arthur Fagen STAGE DIRECTOR Tomer Zvulun SET DESIGNER John Conklin ASSOCIATE SET DESIGNER Julia Noulin-Merát COSTUME DESIGNER Joanna Schmink LIGHTING DESIGNER Thomas C. Hase WIG & MAKEUP DESIGNER Richard Jarvie CHORUS MASTER Walter Huff CAST (IN ORDER OF VOCAL APPEARANCE) TYBALT Santiago Ballerini

BENVOLIO Jonathan L.B. Spuhler

PARIS Nicholas Yaquinto

GERTRUDE Cindy Sadler

CAPULET David Crawford


JULIET Nicole Cabell


MERCUTIO Edward Parks

STEPHANO Sandra Piques Eddy

ROMEO Jesús León

DUKE OF VERONA Cory Neal Schantz

MUSICAL PREPARATION Michael Spassov CHOREOGRAPHER & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Sara Erde FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER Drew Fracher ASSISTANT CHORUS MASTER Rolando Salazar ASSITANT LIGHTING DESIGNER Gordon Olson STAGE MANAGER Brian August ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS Adam Fulmer, Rachel Lucas Scenery designed by John Conklin. The scenery was originally created for Glimmerglass Opera. Performed in French with English supertitles. Approximate running time: 3 hours with 1 intermission. 11


The Atlanta Opera's 2007 production of Romeo and Juliet at the Atlanta Civic Center. photo: Tim Wilkerson for The Atlanta Opera

PROLOGUE Verona, a chorus chants of the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets and of their children, the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet.

ACT I At a masked ball at the Capulet palace, Juliet’s arrival is eagerly awaited by her cousin Tybalt and her suitor Paris. Capulet presents his daughter, the revelers exclaim at her beauty, and Juliet rhapsodizes on her joy. The host leads his guests off just as Romeo, a Montague, and his friends, all masked, steal into the ballroom. Romeo has dreamed the night before, and Mercutio, one of his companions, launches into a song about Queen Mab, the mistress of dreams. Suddenly Romeo sees Juliet at a distance. As she waltzes around the room, singing of the freedom of youth, Romeo shyly approaches her, asking if his hand may 12

touch hers. Tybalt returns just as Juliet tells her name to Romeo, who masks himself and rushes off. Tybalt identifies the intruder as Montague’s son, but Capulet restrains him, ordering the party to continue.

ACT II Later that night, Romeo hides until Mercutio and other friends stop calling for him. Then he apostrophizes Juliet as the sun, the purest, brightest star. The girl steps forth on her balcony to lament her attraction for an enemy, and Romeo comes forward. The two ecstatically pledge their love but are interrupted by some Capulets searching for a Montague page. Then Romeo and Juliet tenderly bid each other good night.

ACT III At Friar Laurence’s cell, Romeo appears at daybreak, followed by Juliet and her nurse,

SYNOPSIS Gertrude. The priest agrees to marry the young lovers in the hope that their union will end the feud between their families. Outside Capulet’s house, Romeo’s page, Stéphano, sings a mocking song, which provokes a fight with Gregorio and other Capulet retainers. Mercutio protects Stéphano and is challenged by Tybalt, who insults Romeo when he tries to make peace. Mercutio duels Tybalt to defend the Montague honor and is slain, whereupon Romeo kills Tybalt. The Duke of Verona stops the bloodshed, banishing Romeo from the city.

ACT IV At dawn in Juliet’s bedroom, the lovers exchange words of adoration before Romeo reluctantly leaves for exile.

Capulet and Friar Laurence greet Juliet with news that she is to wed Paris that very day, but the priest gives her a sleeping potion that will make her appear dead. He promises that she will wake with Romeo beside her. Juliet drinks the potion, and when Capulet and the others arrive to lead her to the church, she collapses.

ACT V In a gloomy tomb, Romeo soliloquizes on his beloved Juliet, whom he believes dead. In despair he takes poison, only to see Juliet awaken. They hail a new life, but Romeo soon falters. He bids farewell to the frantic girl, who grasps his dagger and stabs herself. The lovers die praying for God’s forgiveness. ­— Courtesy of Opera News



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The Atlanta Opera's 2007 production of Romeo and Juliet at the Atlanta Civic Center. photo: Tim Wilkerson for The Atlanta Opera


Everyone knows Romeo and Juliet is all about love. How an innocent, intense and pure love can be suffocated by rules that enforce social conventions — conventions that restrict freedom, happiness and love. Never mind that Shakespeare’s 1595 tragedy seems to come from the opposite direction: The main characters’ impulsive relationship is embedded in a symmetrical framework, in which the public scenes come at the beginning, middle and end. The intense, private love of the young couple is parallel to the vicious, public hatred of the feuding families, the result of irrational behavior that leads to civil disorder. It’s the job of political authorities to control their subjects, lest society break down. Kids falling in love is a reckless, wonderful thing. But threats of civil war and violence — over religion, family loyalties, royal lineage — were central concerns in Shakespeare’s day. Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, with a more modern sensibility, eliminates much 14

in the play that does not center on the young lovers. Yet in tone and substance, it manages to follow Shakespeare more closely that other musical versions — Berlioz’s dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette, Bellini’s opera I Capuleti e I Montecchi, or Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story. Gounod’s is arguably the most successful and enduring of all operas based on this greatest of romantic tragedies. Love that is unlikely — and certainly ill-advised, maybe supernatural in its power and, as a result, foretold to end in failure — was a Gounod specialty. The composer first worked with librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, the latter a noted playwright, for the opera Faust (1859), a tremendous success in Europe and America. The popularity and high artistic achievement of the love music from Faust made Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers a

PRODUCTION NOTE natural follow-up. Romeo and Juliet was the hit Gounod needed to lift his career to the highest tier, and its extraordinary financial success was bolstered with the luck of coinciding with the Paris World Exhibition of 1867, when the city was overrun with tourists. In the later years of the 19th century and into the 20th, Gounod was considered one of the great masters of opera alongside Mozart, Wagner and Verdi. Like many composers of the era, Gounod was smitten by Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, first heard in Paris in 1860, with its heady mix of sex, drugs and the promise to unite in death. Gounod’s soundworld isn’t so different from the sparking orchestration and lyricism of Verdi’s La traviata, which made it to Paris in the 1850s. But at its deepest level, Romeo and Juliet is about the mystery of why two people would rather die than live apart and about the intoxicating emotions that swirl around love. Above all, Gounod finds love as the ultimate path to God. Gounod’s team pushed the boundaries of that romantic attachment. The two main characters are onstage far more than in Shakespeare. Across the original five acts of the opera, our star tenor and soprano sing four duets, unprecedented in French opera at that time. It works beautifully because each number is a jewel, perfectly polished to reflect the character’s inner emotions.

The Atlanta Opera's 2007 production of Romeo and Juliet at the Atlanta Civic Center. photo: Tim Wilkerson for The Atlanta Opera


Romeo and Juliet’s first encounter (“Ange adorable”) begins as a chaste madrigal. Romeo sings a line politely complementing Juliet, and she meekly repeats it; their formality is evidence of a proper upbringing. These aren’t lusty peasants who can’t control their loins but young aristocrats whose social station is

PRODUCTION NOTE regulated by lofty etiquette. As they grow more comfortable with each other, the music relaxes and grows lustrous. By the time we hear a dark, throbbing pedal tone (played by the low strings in the orchestra) we know that their fates are forever joined. The balcony scene in Act 2 — is there a more famous image in all of theater? — starts with a modest Juliet, but upon receiving Romeo’s heated protests of love, she capitulates and blurts out her eternal fidelity before resuming a polite, feminine demeanor. By now their feelings are so heated that the swooning resumes (“Ah! Ne fuis pas encore!”) after nurse Gertrude’s interruption. To open Act 4, Gounod creates a mood of heightened sensuousness, using the simplicity of orchestral cellos to paint a

graphic picture of the night that has just passed. Two slow, lush phrases intertwine not as mere symbolism or decoration, but to depict the lovers’ emotional ecstasy. (Two decades later, Verdi would use the same scoring for the first love duet in Otello; note that composers across the 19th century were happy to borrow the best effects from their rivals.) Gounod’s opera changes Shakespeare’s ending to allow the lovers one final duet, reprising musical themes heard earlier, bringing the tragedy full circle. In a moving and subtle touch, Juliet softly sings her love (“Je t’aime”) in the taut key of E flat major, the same key in which Romeo declared his love on the balcony. The short orchestral postscript recalls music heard on their secret wedding night, telling us death will not end their love.


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SPONSORED BY JOHN L. HAMMAKER Mexican tenor Jesús León started his vocal studies with the Cuban tenor Jesús Li. He was a student of the UCLA Opera Studio, the Solti Accademia di bel Canto, the Boston Opera Institute and the DomingoThornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. In Italy, he trained for two years under the direction of the legendary soprano Mirella Freni, who granted him the Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship. His recent engagements have included Arturo in I Puritani at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Elvino in La Sonnambula at Teatro Comunale Mario del Monaco, Teatro Comunale Ferrara and Teatro Alighieri Ravenna, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Florence Opera, Teatro Regio, Teatro Pavarotti, Daegu Opera House, and Pâris in La Belle Hélène at the Chatelet Theatre. Past operatic performances include Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at Bregenz Landestheater, Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Innsbruck Landestheater, Alfredo in La traviata at Scottish Opera, Dijon Opera, Theatre Caen, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Garsington Opera and Birgitta Festival and Riccardo in Donizetti's Maria di Rohan in Berlin. His intense concert activities have taken him to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Orchestra Verdi in Milan, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria.




Nicole Cabell, the 2005 Winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff and Decca recording artist, is one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of today. Her solo debut album, “Soprano,” was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone and has received an incredible amount of critical acclaim and several prestigious awards: the 2007 Georg Solti Orphée d’Or from the French Académie du Disque Lyrique and an Echo Klassik Award in Germany. This season for Ms. Cabell includes a role and company debut as the title character in Handel’s Alcina at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, a return to the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden to sing Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, and performances of Rosalinde in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Cincinnati Opera. Recent highlights include singing Violetta in La traviata and Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with the San Francisco Opera, a reprise of her Giuletta with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, concert performances of Poulenc’s Gloria with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, and appearances with the BBC orchestra singing in Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with Keith Lockhart and Elgar’s The Apostles with Sir Andrew Davis.











ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: FAUST, 2014 Baritone Edward Parks was awarded third prize in Placido Domingo’s 2015 Operalia Competition and was presented in “The Voices of 2015” concert in Hungary. A graduate of the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Mr. Parks made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2009-10 season as Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and has since appeared as Schaunard in La bohème and as Larkens in La fancuilla del West, which was broadcast in HD around the world. Most recently Mr. Parks returned to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, and Don Carlo. He also sang the role of Laurent in Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera’s co-production of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin, returned to Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in recital with Susan Graham, and sang Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Prague Proms International Music Festival and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The 2015-16 season brings debuts with Virginia Opera as Marcello in La bohème and Des Moines Metro Opera as Ford in Falstaff, Escamillo in PortOpera’s Carmen, and his return to the Metropolitan Opera. Additional upcoming engagements include Count Almaviva in Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La bohème with Minnesota Opera, and his debut with the Santa Fe Opera.


Bass/baritone David Crawford is thrilled to be making his Atlanta Opera debut. A native of Pittsburgh, he has been seen in more than 300 performances in the past eight seasons with the Metropolitan Opera. Highlights over those seasons include Hector’s Ghost in Les Troyens, the Mandaran in Turandot, Rocheford in Anna Bolena, and the High Priest in Nabucco. Other career highlights include Banquo in Macbeth with Chautauqua Opera, Caspar in Die Freischütz with Des Moines Opera, and the King in Transformations with Wexford Festival Opera. He lives in New York with his wife, Laura Beth, and his daughter, Lily.



Turkish bass Burak Bilgili has performed in many of the world’s leading opera houses. Highlights included debuts with the Washington National Opera in Nabucco and with the National Symphony Orchestra for Dvorˇák’s Stabat Mater, and the world premiere of the opera La Fenice at the Savonlinna Festival. Other engagements have included Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts for The Tales of Hoffmann, The Dallas Opera as Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cincinnati Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Edmonton Opera as Ramfis in Aida, his debut at the Caramoor Festival as Procida in I vespri siciliani, Nabucco with the Auckland Symphony and Lakmé in Montreal. Mr. Bilgili debuted at the San Francisco Opera as Ferrando in Il trovatore, in Geneva as Leporello, at Michigan Opera Theatre as Zaccaria in Nabucco and Leporello in Don Giovanni, and in Montreal for the role of Fiesco in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. Other recent engagements include the role of Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Seattle Opera, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte in Avignon, Giorgio in I puritani in Cagliari, Hunding in Die Walküre for the Colorado Symphony, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Vancouver Opera.


Santiago Ballerini made his debut at the Teatro Colon in the title role of Luigi Nono’s Prometeo. In the summer of 2015 he made his New York debut as Fernand in La Favorite at the Caramoor Festival, debuted the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale in Buenos Aires and Nemorino in L’elisir D’amore in Montevideo. Future engagements include Gualtiero in Il Pirata at the Caramoor Festival, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Buenos Aires, Count Libenskoff in Viaggio a Reims at Teatro de Bellas Artes, and Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Rio de Janeiro. Next season he will join the Metropolitan Opera covering the roles of Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Previous engagements include Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Nemorino in L’elisir D’amore in Montevideo, Romeo in Gounod’s Roméo and Juliette both with Teatro Avenida, a return to Teatro Colon as Arbace in Idomeneo, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Alfred in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, as well as Percy in Anna Bolena and Lindoro in L’italiana in Algieri at Teatro Argentino. 21


In the 2015-16 season, American mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy makes her role debut as Charlotte in Werther at Boston Lyric Opera, covers the role of Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera, and travels to Opera Omaha to sing Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She also sings Angelina in La Cenerentola at Greensboro Opera, a signature role she sang to great acclaim at Austin Lyric Opera, Spoleto Festival (USA), and Arizona Opera. Last season was marked by the great success of her debut in the title role in L’incoronazione di Poppea at Opera North (UK). Career highlights include her European debut in a new production of Carmen at Opera North (U.K.). She has since sung the role at Portland Opera, Calgary Opera, Opera Colorado and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Other signature roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which she performed with Nashville Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Austin Lyric Opera, and Vancouver Opera; Cherubino in Le Nozze de Figaro at Canadian Opera Company, Los Angeles Opera, Atlanta Opera, and at Austin Lyric Opera; Dorabella in Così fan tutte at Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan; and Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Portland Opera and Opera Omaha. Future plans include her return to Hyogo Performing Arts Center and further appearances at the Met.


Heralded for her rich, satiny voice as much as her impeccable characterizations, mezzo-soprano Cindy Sadler is a force to be reckoned with on the operatic scene. The 2015 season found Ms. Sadler revisiting several signature roles, including Marquise de Berkenfield in La fille du regiment in her company debut with Mill City Summer Opera; Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with the New Orleans Opera Association; and Gertrude with Austin Opera. She also made her company debut as Mrs. Quickly in Odyssey Opera’s Sir John in Love. In recent seasons, Ms. Sadler debuted with Portland Opera as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance; Tulsa Opera as Marie in The Most Happy Fella; Chautauqua Opera as Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes; the Jacksonville Symphony as Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro; Pine Mountain Music Festival as Mrs. Clancy in Hoiby’s one-woman opera The Italian Lesson; and Opera Piccola San Antonio in The Italian Lesson as well as Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti. She sang her first Prince Orlovksy in Syracuse Opera’s Die Fledermaus. Upcoming she will reprise the Marquise de Birkenfeld with Austin Opera. 22

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Baritone Cory Schantz returns to The Atlanta Opera after performances as Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Wagner in Faust, and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He also appeared in Tulsa Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking, and has performed principal roles with Wichita Grand Opera, Union Avenue Opera, and Winter Opera of St. Louis. An active recitalist and interpreter of oratorio, he has appeared in Handel’s Messiah with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Enid Symphony Orchestra, and the Billings Messiah Festival. He made his New York City debut in 2015 with the New York Repertory Singers in the world premiere of Winter’s Light, a song cycle for Baritone, Soprano, and Chamber Chorus by Michael John Trotta. Upcoming performances include the title role in The Mikado with Capitol City Opera, and recitals at the University of Connecticut and the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Schantz earned his DMA at The University of Oklahoma, where he studied with Marilyn Horne. He is currently on faculty at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, where he teaches voice and coordinates the opera program.


ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 2014 Bass-baritone Alan Higgs returns this season after making his professional debut with The Atlanta Opera last year in Madama Butterfly as the Imperial Commissioner and then as Antonio in the spring production of Le nozze di Figaro. Mr. Higgs, lives in Atlanta, attended Florida State University for his master’s degree in voice performance, where he performed Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. While singing Rucker Lattimore in Cold Sassy Tree, he had the honor of working with composer Carlisle Floyd. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts, his roles included Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, the Husband in Amelia Goes to the Ball, and Kecal in the Bartered Bride. Mr. Higgs has performed in the chorus with Florida Grand Opera and Atlanta Opera and sang the bass soloist in Judas Maccabaeus for the New World School of the Arts in Miami.



Baritone Nicholas Yaquinto is an active member of the Atlanta music scene and a native of Savannah. Since receiving his B.M.A. from Georgia State University in May 2015, he won the 2015 Atlanta District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, received FAVA Excellence in French Repertoire award at the 2015 CS Classical Singer Competition in Chicago, premiered at the Atlanta Symphony as Papagano in its production of My Family Valentine, and won the Casa Italia Vocal Scholarship in Chicago. This summer he will be performing the title role of Roscoe Conway in Seagle Music Colony’s world premiere production of Roscoe by Evan Mack. Mr. Yaquinto has been seen performing several roles across the country including Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Schaunard in La bohème, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marullo in Rigoletto, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.


ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 2014 Jonathan L.B. Spuhler received his B.M. in vocal performance from Ohio State University in 2008. He has been involved in outreach programs with both Opera Columbus and The Atlanta Opera, including performing the roles of Mercutio from Romeo et Juliette, Figaro from Il barbiere di Siviglia, Count Almaviva from Le nozze di Figaro, and the Major General from The Pirates of Penzance. Mainstage roles with Artisti Affamati, Capitol City Opera, Center Stage Opera, and Akron Lyric Opera include Dr. Falke from Die Fledermaus, Njegus from The Merry Widow, Schaunard from La bohéme, Zurga from Les pecheurs de perles, and Dancairo from Carmen. Mr. Spuhler will be performing the role of Koko in The Mikado with Capitol City Opera in May 2016. Along with a Travis Sharp, a member of Dad's Garage improv comedy group, Mr. Spuhler founded ImprOper, a group of singers and improvisational actors committed to performing improvised operas.



ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, 2009 General & Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera since 2013, Tomer Zvulun is also one of opera’s most exciting young directors, earning consistent praise for his creative vision, often described as cinematic and fresh. His work has been presented by prestigious opera houses around the world, including The Metropolitan Opera, the opera companies of Seattle, Buenos Aires, Wexford, and Wolf Trap, as well as leading institutes and universities such as The Juilliard School and IVAI in Tel Aviv. Known for creating innovative interpretations of standard operas, as well as championing new works by American composers. Recently, he created critically acclaimed new productions of La bohéme (Atlanta, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland), Don Giovanni (Wolf Trap, Cincinnati), and Madama Butterfly (Atlanta, Castleton Festival), among others. His passion for producing new works was realized in the acclaimed European premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night in Wexford Festival Opera in 2014, a production that won two Irish Times Awards. He prepared new productions of Soldiers Songs (David T. Little) in Atlanta, Dead Man Walking (Heggie) in New Orleans, and Dinner at Eight (Bolcom) in Minnesota and Wexford Festival. For The Atlanta Opera, Mr. Zvulun directed three productions before his appointment as General and Artistic Director in 2013: Die Fliegende Holländer (2009), The Magic Flute (2010), and Lucia di Lammermoor (2011). In the 2014-15 season, he created a critically acclaimed new production of Handel’s Semele in Seattle and created Silent Night in Wexford Festival in a production that will travel to Atlanta and The Glimmerglass Festival in 2017.



Arthur Fagen is a regular guest of the world’s leading opera houses, concert halls, and music festivals, including most notably, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Staatsoper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin, and Vienna Staatsoper. In North America, he has been a frequent guest of the New York City Opera, Portland Opera, Chautauqua, and New Orleans Opera, among others. Notable orchestras he has conducted include the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, RAI Orchestras of Turin, Naples, Milan, Rome, and Israel Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Fagen served as music director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera, principal conductor in Kassel and Brunswick, chief conductor of the Flanders Opera in Antwerp and Ghent, and was music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra. He has made a number of recordings for Naxos and BMG. Born in New York, maestro Fagen began his conducting studies with Laszlo Halasz and served as assistant to Christoph von Dohnanyi at Frankfurt Opera and James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera. Maestro Fagen is professor of music in Instrumental Conducting at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

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Mr. Huff is an associate professor and faculty director of opera choruses at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He has led choruses in IU Opera Theater’s productions of Don Giovanni, The Merry Widow, Akhnaten, the world premiere of The Tale of Lady Thi Kinti, H.M.S. Pinafore, La traviata, Dead Man Walking, The Last Savage, and South Pacific. Mr. Huff studied piano with Sarah Martin, Peter Takacs, and Lillian Freundlich. He has performed with singers throughout Europe and the United States and served as coach with the Peabody Opera Theatre and Washington National Opera. He also has performed in master classes given by renowned singers and pianists such as Sir Peter Pears, Licia Albanese, Eileen Farrell, Dalton Baldwin, Leon Fleisher, and Elly Ameling. He has been musical director for The Atlanta Opera Studio, Georgia State University Opera, and Actor’s Express, and served as chorus master The San Diego Opera. In 1984, he received Tanglewood’s C.D. Jackson Master Award for Excellence, presented by Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Huff was one of four Atlanta artists chosen for the first Loridans Arts Awards, given to artists who have made exceptional contributions to the cultural life of Atlanta.


John Conklin has designed sets on and off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and for opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Royal Opera, among many others. His work has been seen in Boston Lyric Opera’s I Puritani (1993), La bohème (1992), Beatrice and Benedict (1992), Lucia de Lammermoor (2005), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2011), as well as at the American Repertory Theatre and Boston Ballet. Additionally, Conklin works to develop supplemental performances for BLO that strengthen's its the presence in the arts community. He is also on the faculty at New York University’s Tisch School. Conklin was a recipient of the 2011 NEA Opera Honors.


In addition to her work as associate producer for Boston Lyric Opera, Julia Noulin-Mérat is director of design and production for Guerilla Opera, and resident set designer for Attic Theater in New York. She has designed more than 300 operas, theater, immersive shows, and television productions, including: Clemency, In the Penal Colony, and La traviata at Boston Lyric Opera; Bluebeard's Castle at Opera Omaha; Madama Butterfly at Opera New Jersey and El Paso Opera; Giver of Light, Heart of a Dog, Gallo, Troubled Water, Pedr Solis, and No Exit at Guerilla Opera; Twenty Seven and Sumeida's Song at Pittsburgh Opera; L'Heure Espagnole and Scalia/ Ginsburg at Castleton Festival; The Barber of Seville at LoftOpera; and La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers at Gotham Chamber Opera. 28


A native New Yorker, Sara Erde is a stage director and choreographer for opera, theatre, and film. She choreographed last season's Madama Butterfly at the Atlanta Opera and is very happy to be back. Erde is a long time collaborator with the Metropolitan Opera and choreographed new productions of Manon Lescaut, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Werther. She is on the directing staff at the Met and has helped stage numerous operas including Madama Butterfly, Don Carlo, and Rigoletto among others. Recent productions outside of the Met include this season's Carmen at Washington National Opera (choreography) and Manon Lescaut (choreography) in Baden Baden. Atlanta audiences saw her as an ensemble dancer and dance captain for Zorro at the Alliance theatre.


Joanna Schmink has designed and coordinated costumes for The Atlanta Opera for 25 seasons. She has created original work for productions of Così fan tutte, Fidelio, Cold Sassy Tree, La rondine, La traviata, Porgy and Bess, and many others. Ms. Schmink also works as a freelance designer in Atlanta and the Southeast designing for the Alliance Theatre Company, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, Horizon Theatre Company, and 7 Stages. Her work in regional companies includes productions with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Memphis Ballet, Augusta Ballet, and Music Mansion Theater.


Mr. Hase’s body of work includes many opera companies in the United States: The Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Minnesota Opera, Goodspeed Opera, Dallas Opera, and Los Angeles Opera. His work has been seen on both on Broadway and off-Broadway as well as New York City Opera and BAM Next Wave Festival. He has designed throughout Europe, Asia, and South America including Theater Erfurt, Bayerische Staatsoper, Staatstheater Kassel, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Stadttheater Giessen, The Barbican and Sadler’s Wells in London, Opera North in the U.K. the Abbey Theater and Riverdreams in Dublin, Malmö Opera in Sweden, the Dutch, Finnish, and Columbian National Operas; Stageholding and the Nationale Reisopera in Holland; Opéra de Marseille; Canadian Opera Company; The Luminato Festival in Toronto; Singapore Arts Festival; and Tokyo Metro Arts Center. Mr. Hase has been the head of lighting and lighting design for Cincinnati Opera Association for 20 years. 29

THE ATLANTA OPERA CHORUS CHORUS MASTER Walter Huff ASSISTANT CHORUS MASTER Rolando Salazar CHORUS MEMBERS Jayme Alilaw Lynnette Anderson Bonnie Banner Ruth Brooks Melissa Fontaine Abigail Halon Christina Howell* Keli Jackson Jessica Lane Zorica Pavlovic Laura Porlier Reina Powell Rebecca Shipley Laurie Tossing* Jessica Wax Allegra Whitney Carrie Anne Wilson Barbara Martinez Yancey *Soloists in Epithalamium

Kyle Barnes Charles Baugh Zachary Brown John Burnett Brendan Callahan-Fitzgerald Chris Connelly Kirby Eicholtz Gus Godbee Will Green Antoine Griggs Chris Hawkins Grant Jones Timothy Marshall Conrad Moore Brandon Odom Marc Porlier* Jonathan L.B. Spuhler Tyrone Webb Nicholas Yaquinto John Young

DANCERS Jace Pauly Gabrielle Collins members of the Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble SUPERNUMERARIES Adam Beeson Laura Hawkins Hannah Hedges Jerry Hunter



CELLO Charae Krueger Principal

Anna Dodd Acting Principal

Michele Mariage-Volz Acting Assistant Concertmaster

Erin Ellis Assistant Principal

Jason Eklund

Fia Durrett Principal Second

David Hancock

Barney Culver

Alan Brown Ed Ferguson

Mary Kenney

TRUMPET Yvonne Toll Principal

Cynthia Sulko

Hollie Lifshey

Edward Eanes

BASS Lyn DeRamus Principal

TROMBONE Mark McConnell Principal

Felix Farrar

Adam Bernstein

Edmon Nicholson

Robert Givens

Emory Clements

Richard Brady

Patti Gouvas

Robert Henson

Alison James

Christina Ottaviano

TUBA Donald Strand

Kenny Lambert

FLUTE/PICCOLO James Zellars Principal

TIMPANI John Lawless Principal

Kelly Bryant

PERCUSSION Michael Cebulski Principal

Adelaide Federici Assistant Principal Second Violin Amy Chang

Sally Wilson Martin Lisa Morrison Lee Nicholson Shawn Pagliarini Patrick Ryan Lee Sheehan Angele Sherwood-Lawless Jessica Stinson Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum VIOLA William Johnston Principal Elizabeth Derderian-Wood Assistant Principal Sherrod Mitchell Julie A Rosseter Karl Schab Joli Wu

OBOE Diana Dunn Acting Principal ENGLISH HORN Erica Howard CLARINET Jeanne Heinze Acting Principal

Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner HARP Susan Brady

Heather Rodriguez BASSOON Amy Pollard Acting Principal Eryn Oft HORN

Musicians employed in this production are represented by the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. * String sections are listed in alphabetical order



Tomer Zvulun directs the cast of The Atlanta Opera's 2015 production of La bohéme. photo: Scott Hazleton


“The course of true love never did run smooth” said a young lover in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, another Shakespeare play. As is the case with many of the Bard’s masterpieces, the story of Romeo and Juliet has spawned countless versions and adaptations in every possible medium, from dance and opera to movies and popular songs. In Hollywood, the great operatic director, Franco Zeffirelli, created a colorful film version of the story in 1968 that truly encapsulates the essence of burning, teenage desire. Amongst the many other film adaptations of the story, a bold version by another operatic director stands out. Baz Luhrmann’s unforgettable 1996 version updates the 32

story to a contemporary California beach setting starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes. Great composers and musicians were drawn to the theme. Prokofiev wrote a successful ballet, Bernstein and Sondheim transposed the story into West Side Story, and Bellini wrote the opera I capuletti e Montecchi. Berlioz and Tchaikovsky were compelled to write orchestral versions and in more recent, popular music, Dire Straits, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, and Tom Waits have all found inspiration from that tale. Why? Why did theaters all over the world, in every conceivable language adapt this

DIRECTOR'S NOTE play? Why were the greatest artists of all time so fascinated with retelling the story? And, why did we choose to present this story at The Atlanta Opera? All around the world the name Romeo and Juliet is synonymous with the idea of being young and in love. It captures the essence of romance; of discovering the powers of love, sex, danger; and the mysterious alchemy that occurs when we are attracted to another person. It is desperately romantic. It deals with love and loss, power and social status; the stuff that makes us dream.

Producing an opera is a complicated, exciting adventure. I personally find it addictive because it allows us to paint on the largest canvas available in the performing arts. Producing Grand opera, like Romeo et Juliette, is even more intricate and exciting. This new production brings together a thrilling cast of singers, designers, musicians and artists from all over the world to tell this evergreen love story in a fresh way. It is a joy to share it with you here tonight at the magnificent Cobb Energy Centre.

Gounod’s version is unique in that it takes a story that is often remembered for its intimate chamber scenes — the famous balcony scene, the tomb scene — and expands them into an unapologetically grand opera in the most extravagant way. The extreme feelings that the characters experience — the ecstasy of falling in love and lust, the intensity of violence and loss, revenge, and grief — are the perfect material for operatic tales. Gounod takes those ingredients and propels them forward in a romantic, melodic way. He enhances the scale of the story and emotions by writing sweeping music for large choruses and orchestra. Our version at The Atlanta Opera consciously takes the idea of larger-thanlife themes and finds the visual equivalent in the backdrop of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. A grand canvas that through the use of multiple levels, the staircases and platforms of the Globe, help bring this powerful story to new life.

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN JS: Léon Samoilovitch Bakst (18661924). He was a Russian painter, set, and costume designer known for his rich, exotic use of color, pattern, and texture. His work for Diaghilev Ballet Russes is some of his best work — a visual kaleidoscope of color brought to life onstage. Bakst’s brilliant control of color and line spilled over into fashion and interior design, giving a new richness and looser flow to the drab look of the time.

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AO: Are there any misconceptions about costume designers that you’d like to clear up?


THE ATLANTA OPERA: Who or what influenced you to get into costume design? JOANNA SCHMINK: Growing up, my parents involved all of my siblings in the arts (orchestra, choir, dance, theater) not as a potential career choice but to enlighten us on the importance of art in all forms in our daily lives. I think it was a friend in college that convinced me to take an internship in the university costume shop. I changed majors a semester later from engineering to costume design and have her to thank or blame. AO: Who is your favorite artist or designer, living or dead? 34

JS: I don't think people quite understand what costume designers do on the job. For starters, it’s not as glamorous as people would like to think. It’s a lot of long hours and hard work. You have to love research, working with fabric, collaborating with other creative people such as designers, directors, producers, and performers. The payoff is definitely not notoriety, but rather the satisfaction of creating part of a wonderful theatrical experience. AO: What does a typical day look like for you? JS: There are no typical days, thank goodness. There are some non-negotiables that I always keep on the early-morning daily roster like running, biking, or swimming. I like to start every day off on an active foot to help keep me in a great frame of mind and provide an additional bump of energy. There is nothing like a sunrise to inspire creativity. A workday is usually a 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m. start with a 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. finish. All kinds of things could occupy a workday, from organizational office work and fabric shopping, to costume fittings and production meetings. There is a mix of practical and creative aspects to every day.

BEHIND THE CURTAIN AO: What kind of preparation went into the period costumes for "Romeo and Juliet?" JS: A large part of the development and preparation for this production is in research and creative problem-solving. The body of the show is being set in the 1830s, historically noted as part of the Romantic Era (1820s-1840s), or early Victorian. It is complemented by aspects and costume elements of the Elizabethan era (1550s-1600s) which works well in the presentation of a Shakespearean story line. The challenge is to make the periods connect seamlessly so the costumes enhance the storytelling. AO: Were there specific challenges to creating these costumes for such a large cast? JS: This production is incorporating brand-new-built costumes, pre-existing

costume stock, and rented costumes. It’s challenging to have all of these elements in place and create a cohesive design that will present a beautiful visual for the audience. The work involved to move the design forward takes additional creative thought and design flexibility so the best choices are made. AO: Are there any productions (opera or other) for which you have always wanted to design the costumes? JS: I would love to design a Die Fledermaus or a Tristan und Isolde. Both have great opera design elements that would challenge me as a designer. I would love to do research on both shows and have a great adventure seeing them come to life. They both have grand opera story appeal with love, drama, and suspense well-crafted into their plots.



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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 2,000 Metro Atlanta students packed the Cobb Energy Centre for the Student Short performance of La bohéme in October of 2015. photo: Raftermen Photography

OPERA IN OUR COMMUNITY The Atlanta Opera reaches thousands of students every year through education, audience development, and community engagement programming throughout metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Our programs often are the first operatic experiences these students have, and are often a catalyst for students to further their love of the arts. Each year, The Atlanta Opera’s Student Short Matinee is performed for more than 2,000 middle and high school students from across Atlanta, many of whom are from school districts that have never been given the opportunity to attend an opera or be in a large theater. The Student Short performance is produced in collaboration with the ArtsBridge Foundation, which is the arts education arm of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. After bringing her choir to the La bohème Student 36

Short this past October, a teacher commented: “This performance today was the first opera experience for many of my students. Many lives were changed today by being exposed to this art form. I cannot thank The Atlanta Opera and the ArtsBridge Foundation enough for their support and outreach to students in the metro community. Many students do not realize the opportunities that are so near for them to embrace. Through programs such as this, students can be inspired to become singers that continue the style of opera.” While the Student Short primarily serves students within the metro Atlanta area, The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour travels the state, performing for more than 10,000 students each season in Atlanta and such cities as Albany, Dublin, and Calhoun. One of the most

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT rewarding performances each year is for our smallest audience. The Hillside Conant School of Atlanta operates as a private, nonprofit organization offering a continuum of services for children and adolescents who have severe emotional and behavioral issues Its mission is to help children and families thrive by providing outstanding residential and community mental health services. Through the help and generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, the Studio Tour performs at the Hillside School for approximately 50 students who come from some of the most difficult and disadvantaged situations. The performance always elicits excited expressions on the faces of the students, and the thoughtful questions posed to the performers afterward make this performance one of the highlights of the tour, and one that the students of Hillside look forward to each year. More than 10,000 students saw The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour production of The Pirates of Penzance, throughout the state of Georgia. photos: Wade Thomas


The High School Opera Institute (HSOI), in conjunction with Emory University, is a weeklong program that provides instruction and practice in vocal technique and performance skills for talented high school students. Andrew Liang, one of the summer 2015 participants, had prior musical training in the Georgia Boy Choir, but had limited solo performance experience. Andrew used the techniques learned at HSOI to win 2nd place at the American ProtĂŠgĂŠ Vocal Competition and was awarded a recital performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Through these and other programs, The Atlanta Opera hopes to inspire today's students to become the opera singers and opera lovers of tomorrow. Learn more about these education and community programs by visiting us at

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 pledges and payments to The Annual Fund, The Society for Artistic Excellence, and The Overtures Campaign from July 1, 2014 through March 17, 2016. DIAMOND $200,000+ John & Rosemary Brown Ann & Frank Critz *Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Keough Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Anonymous

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PLATINUM $10,000+ $100,000+ Anonymous Nancy & *Jim Bland Mr. & Mrs. Ronald R. Antinori Jerry & Dulcy Rosenberg Dr. R. Dwain Blackston Mr. David Boatwright $50,000+ Mr. Edward A. Chernoff The Laura & Montague Boyd Foundation Mr. Mario Concha Dr. Harold Brody Ms. Rebecca Y. Frazer & Mr. Jon Buttrey Martha Thompson Dinos Mr. & Mrs. John Michael Hancock Nancy & Holcombe Green William Hyde John L. Hammaker UBS Private Wealth Management $25,000+ Candy & Greg Johnson Cathy & Mark Adams James M. Kane & Andrea Braslavsky Kane The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation Mr. Robert L. Karem, Jr. Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny Mrs. Dale Levert & Mr. George W. Levert Victoria & Howard Palefsky Dr. & Mrs. James Lowman Mr. & Mrs. Timothy E. Sheehan Mr. James B. Miller, Jr. Baker & Debby Smith Mr. Charles Sharbaugh Mr. William F. Snyder Mr. & Mrs. William E. Tucker Judith & Mark Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Weber Mrs. Thomas R. Williams Mrs. Wadleigh C. Winship Charlie & Dorothy Yates Family Fund $15,000+ Mr. Allen W. Yee Mr. & Mrs. Shepard B. Ansley Bryan & Johanna Barnes $5,000+ Mr. & Mrs. Andy Berg Anonymous Mr. Robert P. Dean & Mr. Robert Epstein Maestro David Agler Bernadette & John Faber Mrs. Elizabeth Tufts Bennett Mr. Arthur Fagen Dr. Bruce Cassidy & Dr. Eda Hochgelerent Mr. & Mrs. Carl & Sally Gable Col. & Mrs. Edgar W. Duskin Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Mr. Howard W. Hunter *Heike & Dieter Elsner - Gramma Fisher Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Hardin Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Klump Mary & EP Rogers Foundation, Inc. Mr & Mrs. Jack C. McDowell Mary Ruth McDonald Mr. Harmon B. Miller III Mr. William E. Pennington Clara M. & John S. O'Shea Mr. James D. Powell Irene V. Myjak Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor Mr. William A. Parker, Jr.

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ANNUAL GIVING PLATINUM (continued) Milton J. Sams Mr. & Mrs. J. Barry Schrenk Mr. Nicholas Shreiber Johannah Smith Dr. & Mrs. Patton P. Smith Mr. & Mrs. George B. Taylor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Teepen Dr. Nicholas Valerio III Ms. Linda D. Wickham Larry & Beverly Willson Dr. & Mrs. David Wingert Mr. & Mrs. Andy & Sarah Zabinski

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ANNUAL GIVING GOLD (continued) Mr. & Mrs. John Payan Mr. W. Ray Person Mr. David Pylate Mr. David Quinn & Mr. Jason Liebzeit R.J. & D.G. Riffey, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Stefano V. Righi Mrs. Barbara G. Robinson Sidney & Phyllis Rodbell Mr. John B. Rofrano Sandra & Ronald Rousseau Mr. Walid Said Mr. Stuart Schleuse Mr. & Mrs. David M. Scoular Mr. Robert Sidewater Dr. Susan Y. Stevens Jane Stoddard Mr. & Mrs. Frederick A. Stuart Mr. & Mrs. James Summers Mr. Tarek Takieddine Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor Mr. Richard Thio Mr. James Todd Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Tuller Dr. & Mrs. James H. Venable Mary Jane & Jorge Vilanova Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Walden Ms. Venette Williams Virginia S. Williams Mrs. Frank Wilson, Jr. Sherrilyn & Donn Wright

GOLD (continued) Dr. & Mrs. Edwin E. Flournoy Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz Ms. Jan W. Hughen Mr. Scott Ingram Mr. Frank M. Monger Mr. Stephen J. Kalista Mr. Thomas L. McCook Mr. & Mrs. Norman Miller Ms. Sharon Mills Dr. Patricia S. Moulton Jane & Jim Murray Mr. & Mrs. David Norris Mr. Darryl C. Payne & Ms. Lisa C. Richardson Dr. Donald Riker Mr. Lawrence F. Pinson Mr. Stephen Lewis Rann Crista & Glenn D. Schaab Mr. Robert Lawrence Silverman Mr. Bill Thorneloe & Ms. Ellen Smith Dr. & Mrs. Stanley J. Smits Mr. Bernd Ulken Mrs. Linda P. Vinal Mr. Keith Volkmann & Ms. Brenda Jennings Ms. Lola V. Williams Jone Williams

SILVER $100+ Anonymous $350+ Rev. Joanna & Mr. Alfred B. Adams III Anonymous Mr. Thomas A. Adams, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. David S. Baker Mr. Herb Adcock Ms. Lauren Benevich Mr. & Ms. Mark Alavi Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Betor Dr. Catherine Allard Dr. & Mrs. Jerry Blumenthal Mr. William F. & Joan M. Amideo Ms. Marta V. Boulineau Dr. & Mrs. Charles Arp Drs. Brenda & Craig Caldwell Atlanta Opera Orchestra Mr. Gregory Carraway Players Association Dr. & Mrs. Arthur E. Chapman Mrs. Elizabeth Bair Dr. Earle D. Clowney Ms. Joselyn B. Baker Mr. & Mrs. Alva Cobb Ms. Mary M. Ball Mr. Lawrence M. Cohen Mr. & Mrs. Michael Barker Mr. & Mrs. Newt Collinson Mr. Walter Beamer Mrs. Claudia Colvin Maria Battista Dellaperuta Mr. & Mrs. David Courtney Mr. Brian D. Beem Mr. John Cullom Carol J Belay Ms. Carol Comstock & Mr. James L. Davis Daniel & Bethann Berger Dr. & Mrs. Albert De Chicchis Mr. & Mrs. Matthew H. Bernstein Mr. James M. Datka Mr. & Mrs. George Beylouny & Ms. Nora P. DePalma Ms. Elena Bianchelli Mr. & Mrs. Arthur R. Dugger Mr. Gary Bivins


SILVER (continued) Mr. Matt Blackburn Mr. Albert K. Blackwelder Mr. & Mrs. Michael Blackwood Mr. & Mrs. Mike Boaz Ms. Martha Bobo Ms. Barbara E. Bolton Mr. Gene B. Brown Lou & Tom Jewell Mr. Mitch Bucklin Mark & Peg Bumgardner Wilton & Victoria Dvonch Mr. Matthew Y. Burkhalter & Mr. John Carey Ms. Anne Burnett Hans Jurgen Burmeister Mr. Frank H. Butterfield & Mrs. Debra Butterfield Susan Byrd Ann & Jim Curry Mrs. C. Anne Dawson Ms. Hope Caldwell-Foster Dr. & Mrs. W. Jerry Capps Thomas S. Caras, M.D. Mr. Stephen Carlson Mrs. Emma Casanova Ms. Lynda Case Dr. Lynn Cathcart Mr. & Mrs. George Cemore Mrs. Ruth Coan Mr. & Mrs. Alva Cobb Dr. & Mrs. Sheldon B. Cohen Mr. Malcom H. Cole Dr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Cole Ms. Sally Combs Ms. Celeste Condit Mr. T. Dennis Connally Devlin Cooper Mr. & Mrs. F. Dean Copeland Mr. & Mrs. Dennis M. Crean Julianna Mary Critz Ms. Delia T. Crouch Ms. Jennifer C. Burleigh Craig Cuddeback Ms. Ann Cummings Ms. Elizabeth T. Currie Dr. & Mrs. Jeffery Steven Curtiss, Ph.D. Mr. David D'Ambrosio Mr. & Mrs. Harold T. Daniel Jr. Dr. Jiyoung Daniel Mrs. Jeanne Daniels Mr. & Ms. O. Alan Daniels Ms. Rebecca R. Danis Mr. William A Davis

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ANNUAL GIVING SILVER (continued) Mr. Christopher J. Decoufle Mr. Louis Delatourdupin Jim & Carol Dew Dr. & Mrs. Ivan Diamond Ms. Teresa Diaz Ms. Rosemarie Distefano Mrs. Sara B. Duke Mr. & Mrs. David R. Dye Arnold & Sylvia Eaves Mrs. Anne J. Ederington Mr. John Elledge Ms. Paula L. Ellis Ms. Elizabeth R. Etoll Ms. Hope Eyre Ms. Barbara Faherty Dr. Fariba Farhidvash Ms. Barbara M. Farr Ms. Ariana B. Fass Joann Felder Mrs. Arnoldo Fiedotin Mrs. Sally Finch Ms. Martha Fineman Dr. & Mrs. Stanley Fineman Ms. Anne L. Grossman Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Friedman Mr. Glen Galbaugh Ms. Maryanne F. Gaunt Mr. & Mrs. Gaylord Michel Dan & Harriet Gill Mr. & Mrs. Sander L. Gilman Dr. & Mrs. Joseph D. Giovinco Mr. & Mrs. Donald Goldstein Mr. Richard Goodjoin James C. Goodwyne & Christopher S. Connelly Barbara Govert Mr. William Green Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Grodzicki Jim & Virginia Hale Ms. Mary Joe Hanes Mr. & Mrs. William A. Hanger Dr. & Mrs. Bannister L. Harbin Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Harley Ms. Freya Harris Mr. Michael D. Hastings Mr. Scott Hazleton Mr. William Hazleton & Mrs. Holly Hazleton Mr. & Mrs. William Hinson Ms. Tina Ann Hooper Dr. & Mrs. S. G. Hornsby, Jr. Mrs. Sally Horntvedt Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas C. Howard


SILVER (continued) Dr. Karen Kuehn Howell Mrs. Roberta L. Huebner Mrs. Catherine Hughes Ms. Irmgard S. Immel Mr. Rolf Ingenleuf Mr. James Jackson Mrs. Louise Jackson Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Jackson Mr. Stuart A. Jackson Mrs. Mary O. Jensen Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Johnston Ms. Jo. Elliott Jones Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Juchelka Mr. & Mrs. Edward Katze Jane & Bob Kibler Ms. Donna J. Kilgore Mr. Allen D. King, Jr. Mr. Emory King Ms. Darothea H. Kirkland Mr. Chris Kitchens Mr. Al Klicius Ms. Caroline B. Klopstock Mrs. Jo W. Koch Mr. Richard Kranzmann Mr. & Mrs. Gedas Kutka Judge & Mrs. John Langford Mrs. Emma Lankford Juliette & Andrew Lebor Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. Michelle M.S. Lee Mrs. Jeanine Lewis Sophie Li Ms. Nancy Smith Linzmeyer Vaneesa & Allan Little Charles & Katherine Lord Donna & Trevor Lumb Mrs. Carol Lyttle Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Lyttle Cynthia McGill Mr. David Mackley Mr. Bruce Madden Dr. Chalem Mahadevan Dr. Robert & Judge Stephanie Manis Dr. David J. Martin Ms. Nancy Martin Belinda & Gino Massafra Adair & Joe Massey Katherine B. Maxwell & Michael J. Maxwell Mrs. Margaret McCamy Mr. M. Reynolds McClatchey Jr. Ms. Joey McCraw Ms. Gloria G. McCrory

SILVER (continued) Michael McDaniel Patricia & Laughlin McDonald Mr. Charles D. Menser, Jr. Mr. Kenneth Alan Miller Mr. Simon Miller Ms. Sarah Millett Don Minichiello Mr. Roger Moister, Jr. Mr. Albert M. Morrison Mr. & Mrs. George T. Munsterman Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Musholt David Turnage & Alice Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Richard Newton Ms. Penny Nicholls Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Remington Ms. Marianela E. Noya Ms. Sandra S Owens Ms. Maurneen Ozmore Mr. Joseph M. Pabst Phyllis & Marshall Pace Christine & Jim Pack Huun Park & Morgan Harris Rev. Louisa T. Parsons Edward & Marjorie Patterson Mr. Andreas Penninger Robert Glenn Pennington Ms. Mary Percy Ms. Sandra Perkowitz Ms. Sophia B. Peterman Drs. Frank & Robin Petruzielo Mr. George A. Pfeil, III Ms. Maria M. Pflugbeil Mr. D. F. Pinholster Lavinia Pretz Mr. Donald W. Prichard Sharon & Jim Radford Letitia A Radford Mrs. David A. Reinach Brian & Caroline Rendini Ms. Jean Robertson Mr. Bruce Rogers Mr. & Mrs. John Philip Rogers Mr. Daniel D. Ross Mr. Dwight Ross Jr. Mr. Hervey S. Ross Ms. Linda Rubin Harriet Ruskin Dr. & Mrs. Bruce Sabatino Mr. Patrick Sam Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Dr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Scanlan Mr. & Mrs. James Schiwal Mac & Duhi Schneider

ANNUAL GIVING SILVER (continued) Mr. Donald Schreiber & Ms. Barbara Seal Ms. Regina Schuber Ms. Gretchen Schulz Mr. & Mrs. John A. Schwartz Katherine Scott Ms. Roberta Setzer Carolyn H. Sherman Helga Hazelrig Siegel Mr. Robert L. Silverman Richard Singer & Liz Nazzari Mr. & Mrs. Charles Slick Tom Slick Dr. Valdon Smith Michael Sneath Mr. Kenneth W. Stegall John & Lizanne Stephenson Mrs. Fred Stewart David Strawn Bobbie Jo Supine Barbara & Jon Swann Mrs. Margaret Talmadge Howell Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Taylor Ms. Virginia S. Taylor Leigh & Jay Telotte Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Tenenbaum Ms. Michelle M. Thomas Ms. Nancy A. Thomas Mr. & Mrs. William R. Thurman , Jr. Mr. & Ms. Wolfgang Tiedtke Mrs. Newell B. Tozzer Ms. Elizabeth R. Trulock

SILVER (continued) Mr. Michael Vaughn Mrs. James B. Vaught Ms. Marylee Vetrano Ms. Brenda D. Jennings Mr. & Mrs. Fritz von Ammon Joseph J Wade Jr Ms. Laura P. Wagner Mr. & Mrs. Richard Waid Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Wallace Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Watford Ms. Cindy Weinbaum Drs. Bernard & Sharon Weiss Ms. Reba P. Welch Mr. & Mrs. T. A. Wessels Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Westmoreland, Jr. Mrs. Elaine Wilco Ms. Anna Williams Ms. Beth Williamson Mr. Calvin Wingo Ms. Ann D. Winters Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Wise Jeremy Wojcik Mrs. Loretta C. Wolf Mr. & Mrs. Ron & Elaine Womack Dr. & Mrs. R. Craig Woodward Mrs. Mary S. Wright Dr. Edward Zaiko & Dr. Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko Mrs. Johnnie Zahler & Jeanette Zahler Kurt-Alexander Zeller Mary & Angelo Zigrino


CORPORATE PARTNERS $500,000 The Coca-Cola Company $100,000+ Gas South $50,000+ Cartier Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta $10,000+ Affordable Equity Partners, Inc. The Atlantan Bloomingdales Tony Brewer & Co. Elite Caribbean Resorts Georgia Dermatology Center SAP Success Factors UBS Financial Services Inc. $5,000+ Anonymous Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters Montana Sporting Club National Distributing Company, Inc. Neiman Marcus $2,500+ Atlanta Botanical Garden Genuine Parts Company Joel Crowe - Wallace Graphics PNC Wealth Management Ralph Lauren The Ritz Carlton - Buckhead The St. Regis Atlanta Barbara Tfank


$1000+ Atlanta Food & Wine Festival ETRO USA, Inc. Fast Signs Sandy Springs Fidelity Bank Georgia Dermatology Center Miller Union Morgan Stanley -- Terminus Building Office Resurgens Hospitality Group Ritz Carlton-Rancho Mirage Total Wine $500+ Alliance Theatre Amplifii James Avery Barcelona Beverly Bremer Silver Shop Buckhead Life Restaurant Group Ferragamo - Atlanta Live Nation Marty Thornberg Designs Sid & Ann Mashburn Panasonic Park Tavern The General Muir The Gifted Ferret

FOUNDATION & GOVERNMENT SUPPORT Listed below are organizations that contributed and/or pledged to The Atlanta Opera between July 1, 2014 and March 17, 2016. FOUNDATIONS $750,000+ The Goizueta Foundation $150,000+ Atlanta Music Festival Association Livingston Foundation $100,000+ The Rich Foundation $50,000+ The Sara Giles Moore Foundation The Kendeda Fund J. Marshall & Lucile G. Powell Charitable Trust $20,000+ The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation The Home Depot Foundation The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. Wells Fargo Foundation The Zeist Foundation $10,000+ Molly Blank Charitable Trust The George M. Brown Fund Camp-Younts Foundation Fraser-Parker Foundation Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund JBS Foundation The Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation Nordson Corporate Foundation Norfolk Southern Corporation Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. The David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund

$5,000+ The Atlanta Foundation The Mary Brown Fund of Atlanta The John & Mary Franklin Foundation, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System $1,000+ Bright Wings Foundation Enterprise Holdings Foundation Hills Family Foundation Kiwanis Foundation of Atlanta, Inc Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation Piedmont National Family Foundation Publix Super Markets Charities GOVERNMENT FUNDING $50,000+ Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs $20,000+ Georgia Council for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts


TRIBUTES & MEMORIALS In Memory Mr. Jerry E. Dilts Mr. Charles H. Battle, Jr. Mr. Arthur M. Blank In Memory of Ms. Katherine Anderson Ms. Mary D. Bray Mr. Richard E. & Mary R. Gharst Mr. & Mrs. William R. Bridges, Jr. Joy & Jerome Lofton Dr. Harold Brody Mrs. Mary Carter Davis In Honor of Mrs. Lavona Currie Mr. & Mrs Robert G. Edge Mr. & Mrs. Shepard B. Ansley Mr. George H. Galloway, , Jr. Janice West Nancy & Holcombe Green Mr. Allen W. Yee Mr. Joseph S. Hays J. & Sara Hehir In Honor of Florence Barnett Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Hills The Snead Family Ms. Mary Katherine Hodgson Frances Robinson Huber In Memory of Eleonora Barson J. Tribble Antiques Colonel & Mrs. John V. Barson, D.O. Ms. Janice Kane Mr. Jerry A. Kay In Honor of Mrs. Nancy Carter Bland Mr. Alfred Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny Ann P. Howington Ms. Kathleen S. O'Gara Mrs. Constance W. Treloar Mr. William E. Pennington Mr. Daniel B. Rather In Memory of Dr. James W. Bland, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Reeves Mr. & Mrs. H. English Robinson Mr. & Mrs. Bonneau Ansley Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Gary M. Sams Mrs. Enrique E. Bledel The Silver Skillet Ms. Terrell Boyle Mrs. Laura S. Spearman Mrs. Constance Calhoun Mr. & Mrs. Frank G. Stevenson, Jr. Mrs. Carol J. Clark Mrs. Rebecca Warner Beverly B. Coker Mr. & Mrs. John W. Wilcox, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Tom Dalton Mr. & Mrs. Harry Zuber Mr. & Mrs. Tinsley Ellis Mrs. Carol Goodman Nancy & Holcombe Green In Honor of Martha Thompson Dinos Ann Guscio Dr. Patricia S. Poulter Mr. & Mrs. Ned Hardison Mrs. Sally Hawkins In Memory Miriam Drake Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Hills Ms. Pat Johnston Ms. Susan M. Hooper Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny In Honor of Susanna Eiland Judge & Mrs. John Langford Dr. & Dr. Morgan Eiland Mr. & Mrs. Randall G. Lanford Mr. William A. Marsh In Memory of Henry G. Ferrante Mr. Scott E. Novellas Jason Ferrante Mr. William E. Pennington Ms. Fabia T. Rogers Ms. Betty A. Slaton In Memory of Timothy Gantz Mr. T. M. Slaton Ms. Elena Bianchelli Ms. Sally Swann Mr. & Mrs. Ben J. Tarbutton, Jr. In Memory of Alvin Goldstein Mrs. Constance W. Treloar The Women of Bryan Cave Ms. Alice P. Watson Rae & George Weimer In Honor of Dr. Thomas N. Guffin, Jr. Mrs. Mary S. Wright Ms. Jeanne Brown & Ms. Jeanie Ms. Mary R. Zwiren Robertson In Honor of Judith Alembik Ms. Sondra Dillon

In Memory Mr. Paul H. Bowdre Katy L. Roberts In Honor of Mr. & Mrs. Montague L. Boyd IV Ms. Wendy Weisman


In Memory of Mia Hecht Owens & Arnoldo Fiedotin Mrs. Enrique E. Bledel In Memory of Betsy Hansen Harald Hansen

In Memory of Donald R. Keough Mr. & Mrs. Charles K. Fischer Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny The Scully Peretsman Foundation Mr. Troy Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Yates, Jr. In Memory of Rachel Lehmann Mrs. Eleanor H. Strain In Honor of Polly N. Pater Mr. & Mrs. Brian Beem Tom Slick Mr. & Mrs. Charles Slick In Honor of Mr. Rolando Salazar Mr. Darryl C. Payne & Ms. Lisa C. Richardson In Honor of Ms. Susan Stephens Ms. Jane H. Mitchell In Memory of Jim Strain Mr. William E. Pennington In Honor of John Tibbetts The Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. In Memory of Rex Weaver Ms. Nancy Smith Linzmeyer Letitia Radford Respectful Former Client Bobbie Jo Supine In Memory Ms. Jane S. Willson Col. & Mrs. Edgar W. Duskin Carol & Jorge Pisarello In Honor of Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Yates, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Mark Eden Mr. Ezra H. Ripple Mr. & Mrs. J. Barry Schrenk John & Lizanne Stephenson Mr. J. Gray Teekell Ms. Dorothy Yates Kirkley Mrs. Sarah Yates Sutherland In Memory Mrs. Dorothy M. Yates Katharine Rabkin Busch Cobb Community Foundation Ms. Victoria J. Doran Homrich-Berg, Inc. - Buckhead Mr. & Mrs. Clayton F. Jackson Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough Carolyn Pokorny Mr. Russell B. & Mrs. Melanie Richards David Roemer Dr. Lisa A. Tedesco & Mr. David W. Kuehn Rae & George Weimer In Honor of Tomer Zvulun & Susanna Eiland Ms. Lisa T Black

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. O'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 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 * deceased



CHAIR EMERITUS Mrs. Boyce Ansley CHAIR Mr. William E. Tucker IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Mr. Gregory F. Johnson VICE CHAIR Mr. John L. Hammaker VICE CHAIR Mr. Charles “Charlie” R. Yates TREASURER Mr. Rhys T. Wilson SECRETARY Mr. Michael Keough


Ms. Cathy Callaway Adams Mr. Bryan H. Barnes Mr. Andy Berg Mr. Montague L. Boyd, IV Mrs. Rosemary Kopel Brown Mrs. Mary Calhoun Mr. Mario Concha Dr. Frank A. Critz Mr. Robert Dean Ms. Martha Thompson Dinos Mr. Robert G. Edge Ms. Bernadette Faber Dr. Donald J. Filip Mr. Eli Flint Mr. Kevin Greiner Mrs. Joanne Chesler Gross Mr. John Michael Hancock Mr. Howard W. Hunter

HONORARY MEMBERS Mr. Opher Aviran Mrs. Nancy Carter Bland Mr. Dieter Elsner Mr. Carl I. Gable, Jr. Mr. John “Jack” S. Gillfillan Mrs. Nancy Hall Green Mr. Carter Joseph

Mr. William C. Hyde Ms. Mary B. James Mr. Alfred Kennedy, Jr. Mr. George Levert Ms. Kelly Lyemance Mr. James B. Miller Mr. Michael E. Paulhus Mr. William E. Pennington Mr. James D. Powell Mr. Herbert J. Rosenberg Mr. Charles Sharbaugh Mr. Timothy E. Sheehan Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr. Mrs. Loraine Williams Ms. Bunny Winter Mr. Robert G. Woodward 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 Jane S. Willson* * deceased


The Atlanta Opera remembers Jack Bona for his many contributions to and support of The Atlanta Opera

Jack Isadore Bona 1930-2015



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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.


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 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.


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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.


•A ll 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 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.


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