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Welcome to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street! We close our 2017-18 season with a cinematic story told through the eyes of the outsider (a common thread through this successful season of opera in Atlanta). With brilliant composition and incredibly witty lyrics, Stephen Sondheim tells the tale of a tormented murderer, Sweeney Todd, in inimitable fashion that will keep you humming long after the show is over. Since its premiere on Broadway in 1979, this Tony Award-winning show has become a major repertoire staple in opera houses around the world, from Komische Oper Berlin to Opernhaus Zürich and Vienna’s Volksoper. Recently, Opera America published the 25 most performed operas in the United States, and Sweeney Todd ended up on that list, ahead of operatic mainstays such as The Barber of Seville. In a season which focuses on the theme of the outsider, it is appropriate to perform our sixth and final production
about the ultimate outsider – Sweeney Todd. We are thrilled to welcome Michael Mayes in his role debut as the vindictive barber, and Maria Zifchak as the eccentric Mrs. Lovett. They will be joined by an all-star cast in Hal Prince’s original Broadway production, restaged by veteran stage director Albert Sherman. We hope to see you again during our exciting 2018-19 season, which is bookended by blockbuster works in La traviata and West Side Story, and includes stunning new productions of Dead Man Walking and Eugene Onegin. Our awardwinning Discoveries series enters its fifth season with the jazz opera Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, and the return of Piazzolla’s wildly popular tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires. Enjoy the show!
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SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET A MUSICAL THRILLER
Music & Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by HUGH WHEELER
From an Adaptation by CHRISTOPHER BOND Originally directed on Broadway by HAROLD PRINCE Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in Association with Dean and Judy Manos
CONDUCTOR Timothy Myers PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Albert Sherman SCENIC DESIGNER Eugene Lee COSTUME DESIGNER James Scott LIGHTING DESIGNER Amith Chandrashaker WIG, HAIR, & MAKEUP DESIGNER Anne Ford-Coates ASSOCIATE WIG, HAIR, & MAKEUP DESIGNER Ali Pohanka ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGNER Ben Rawson ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR/CHORUS MASTER Rolando Salazar DIALECT COACH Adam Fristoe CAST (in order of vocal appearance) SWEENEY TODD Michael Mayes MRS. LOVETT Maria Zifchak ANTHONY HOPE Joseph Lattanzi BEGGAR WOMAN Leah Partridge JUDGE TURPIN Tom Fox
JOHANNA BARKER Vanessa Becerra TOBIAS RAGG Ian McEuen ADOLFO PIRELLI Christopher Bozeka BEADLE BAMFORD Timothy Culver JONAS FOGG/BIRD SELLER Matt McCubbin
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Seth Hoff PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Samantha Greene ASSISTANT PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGERS RenÃ©e Varnas, Skylar Burks MUSICAL PREPARATION Patrick Harvey, Emily Senturia Performed in English with English supertitles Projected supertitles courtesy of Portland Opera Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes including one 25-minute intermission Sweeney Todd:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International [MTI]. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, New York, NY. Tel: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www.mtishows.com The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited. Special thanks to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
Portland Opera's 2016 production of Sweeney Todd with David Pittsinger performing the title role and Susannah Mars as Mrs. Lovett. photo: Cory Weaver
As the audience enters, an organist sits at a gigantic organ and plays funeral music. A drop depicting the social structure of the 19th-century is hung on the stage. Two men dig a grave at the front of the stage. A police warden enters and urges the diggers to hurry. Two workmen enter and pull down the drop. A shrill factory whistle sounds.
We find ourselves on the London docks. Anthony Hope, a young sailor, and Sweeney Todd enter. They both express their feelings about being back in London. Anthony is genuinely happy to be back in the city, but Todd’s response is full of grim irony (“No Place Like London”). While Todd thanks Anthony for saving his life at sea, a ragged, crazed Beggar Woman appears and begs for money; she offers sexual favors in return. She thinks she recognizes Sweeney, but he fends her off. Anthony inquires about Sweeney’s circumstances, worried that he has no place to go now that they are in London. Sweeney dismisses his offer of money. He tells
A man steps forward and invites the audience to attend the tale of Sweeney Todd. As the company begins to outline Sweeney’s dark tale, coordinated stage elements support the storytelling, hinting at the gruesome deeds yet to come (“The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”). 8
Anthony that, if he needs him, he can find him around Fleet Street. Sweeney travels to find Mrs. Lovett’s Pie Shop and stands outside the building, gazing at it. He enters and sees Mrs. Lovett chopping suet and flicking flies off the trays of pies with a dirty rag. Excited to have a customer, she offers him a pie, but she recognizes that they are disgusting. She apologizes and explains that times have been hard and meat is hard to come by (“The Worst Pies in London”). Sweeney asks why she doesn’t rent the room above her shop if times are so tough. She replies that no one wants it because of the awful thing that happened there. Mrs. Lovett then recounts the fate of Benjamin Barker, a foolish young barber who was shipped to Australia by an evil judge. The Judge coveted the Barber’s pretty young wife, Lucy. Once the Judge and his Beadle had Barker removed, Lucy was left alone to care for her 1-year-old daughter, Johanna. The Judge and Beadle invited her to a party at the Judge’s mansion, got her drunk and then raped her in the midst of a masked ball (“Poor Thing”). When Sweeney Todd shouts in anguish, Mrs. Lovett realizes that he is Benjamin Barker. Demanding to learn the fate of his family, Barker hears that his wife, Lucy, took arsenic and that Judge Turpin adopted his daughter. Todd swears to take revenge on the Judge and the Beadle. Mrs. Lovett then brings him his razors, which she has kept hidden away for all these years; Todd is thrilled to be reunited with his razors, and Mrs. Lovett is thrilled to be reunited with Todd (“My Friends”). The scene shifts to Judge Turpin’s mansion, where Johanna is imprisoned.
She calls out to the caged birds of a passing bird seller, imploring them to share their secret for singing so sweetly when they, too, are kept captive (“Green Finch and Linnet Bird”). Anthony appears on the street, sees Johanna and instantly falls in love with her (“Ah, Miss”). Suddenly, the Beggar Woman appears and tells Anthony that he is standing in front of Judge Turpin’s house and should beware of trespassing. Anthony buys a bird for Johanna. He calls to her and presents the bird (“Johanna”). They stand, absorbed with each other, not noticing the approach of Judge Turpin and the Beadle. The Judge orders Johanna into the house. The Beadle cautions Anthony to stay away and strangles the bird as a warning. Meanwhile, in St. Dunstan’s Marketplace, a painted caravan announces the presence of Signor Adolfo Pirelli and his baldnessbanishing miracle elixir. Tobias, Pirelli’s simple-minded assistant, beats a tin drum to attract a crowd (“Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir”). Todd and Mrs. Lovett are among them. Although the crowd responds to Tobias’ pitch, Todd and Mrs. Lovett begin a slander campaign against the elixir, and people demand their money back. Tobias tries to distract them, but to no avail. Pirelli arrives and silences the crowd, demanding to know who denies his excellence as a barber. Todd steps forward and challenges Pirelli to a shaving contest. Todd gets the Beadle to judge the match and, being of superior skill, wins easily (“The Contest”). Todd and Pirelli then have a tooth-pulling contest, which Todd also wins (“Contest II”). The Beadle is very impressed and gets the address of Todd’s shop, promising to appear 9
soon. When the Beadle thinks that he recognizes Todd, Mrs. Lovett assures him that this is not possible. The company explains how Sweeney methodically plotted his revenge (“The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”). Judge Turpin is in his quarters while Johanna sews in an adjoining room. Unable to control his desires for Johanna, the Judge holds a Bible and whips himself, praying (“Johanna”). When he is done, he visits Johanna and announces that he plans to marry her to keep her safe from the venal young men of the street. After an encounter with the Beggar Woman, Mrs. Lovett climbs the stairs to Todd’s quarters, where he is waiting eagerly for the Beadle to appear. Mrs.
Lovett tells him to be patient as she plans the redecoration of his drab quarters with daisies and other homey touches (“Wait”). Despite her entreaties, Todd is also impatient for the Judge to visit. Anthony appears at Todd’s door and tells him of his encounter with Johanna, unaware that she is Sweeney’s daughter. He plans to steal Johanna and asks if he can bring her to Sweeney’s for safekeeping. Having secured Todd’s assistance, he leaves. Mrs. Lovett suggests that Sweeney kill Anthony and keep Johanna with him. She promises that she will be a splendid mother to Johanna. Pirelli and Tobias appear. Mrs. Lovett takes Tobias downstairs for a meat pie. Pirelli reveals his real identity as Benjamin Barker’s former apprentice. He tries to blackmail Todd by threatening to reveal
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that Todd is really Barker. They struggle, and Todd renders Pirelli unconscious. Todd stuffs him in a chest, when Tobias appears. Todd persuades the boy to go to the kitchen for more meat pies and some gin. Once Tobias has gone, Todd pulls Pirelli out of the chest and slashes his throat (“Pirelli’s Death”). The company transitions to the next scene, remarking on Sweeney’s treatment of hypocrites (“The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”). Leaving court, the Judge announces to the Beadle his intention to marry Johanna. At the same time, Anthony proposes to Johanna (“Kiss Me”). As the Judge continues on his way home, the Beadle delicately suggests that Turpin pay more attention to his personal appearance to heighten his appeal to Johanna (“Ladies in Their Sensitivities”). Recalling Sweeney’s excellent work, the Beadle suggests to the judge that he make a visit to Sweeney’s shop. At the pie shop, Mrs. Lovett discovers Pirelli’s fate. When Todd wants to kill Tobias, too, she protests. The Judge appears. Mrs. Lovett goes downstairs to distract Tobias. The Judge confides his marriage plans. Todd prepares to slit the judge’s throat, but he takes his time, savoring the moment before his anticipated revenge; meanwhile, the Judge anticipates his future with Johanna (“Pretty Women”). Just as Sweeney is about to kill the Judge, Anthony rushes in, blurting out the news of his planned elopement. The Judge leaves in a fury, announcing his intention to lock Johanna away and telling Todd that he will not be back. Enraged at losing the chance to kill the Judge, Sweeney throws Anthony out
of the shop and announces his intention to kill everyone he can to get ready for the inevitable destruction of the Judge (“Epiphany”). Mrs. Lovett reminds him that they have to dispose of Pirelli’s body. She has an inspiration; they can recycle his victims into meat pies. Sweeney sees the genius of this plan and they celebrate (“A Little Priest”). ACT II Thanks to her newfound prosperity, Mrs. Lovett has expanded her shop to include an outdoor eating garden. She now wears a fancy gown, and Tobias wears a waiter’s apron. Her shop is mobbed with customers who crave the new pies (“God, That’s Good!”). The Beggar Woman lurks around. An elaborate new barber chair is moved into Todd’s quarters. Todd and Mrs. Lovett set up a complicated system by which Todd sends his victims down a chute, directly into the bake house, where there is a grinding machine. Anthony searches the streets for Johanna. At the same time, Todd dreams of his daughter and systematically kills the customers who sit in his chair. The Beggar Woman tries to warn passers-by about the strange odors and smoke coming from Mrs. Lovett’s bake house. In the lunatic asylum where the Judge has placed her, Johanna dreams of the moment when Anthony will free her (“Johanna Act II Sequence”). Anthony hears Johanna’s voice and discovers that she is in the asylum. He tries to rescue her, but the Beadle stops him and tells the police to bash his head. Anthony escapes. Mrs. Lovett sits in the parlor, playing the harmonium (“I Am a Lass”). She fantasizes about a married life with Todd on the seashore, 11
but he is too fixated on his revenge plot to notice her (“By the Sea”). Anthony appears, asking Todd to help him free Johanna. Todd makes Anthony over as a wigmaker, knowing that the asylum will sell inmates’ hair to the highest bidder. He gives Anthony a gun and tells him to bring Johanna to the barbershop after the escape (“Wigmaker Sequence”). Todd then writes to Judge Turpin, telling him that he can find Johanna and Anthony at the barbershop that evening (“The Letter”). Mrs. Lovett sits with Tobias. As she knits him a muffler, they exchange words about their warm feelings for each other. He is devoted to her and promises that no one will harm her (“Not While I’m Around”). He then suggests that something about Sweeney Todd is suspicious. When Mrs. Lovett pulls out Pirelli’s purse, he recognizes it. She says that Todd gave it to her, which only further feeds Tobias’ doubts. She invites Tobias into the bake house, where he is usually forbidden to go. He is delighted. Once there, she allows him to grind the meat for pies, and he forgets his concerns. She leaves him grinding and locks the door to the bake house. As she returns upstairs, she finds the Beadle at the harmonium in her parlor (“Parlour Songs Part 1”). He has come in response to complaints about a foul smell from her chimney. She says that she can’t take him into the bake house until Mr. Todd comes home. He says that he’ll wait and continues playing the harmonium (“Parlor Songs Part II”). Todd arrives. He takes the Beadle upstairs for a free shave before his inspection of the ovens. 12
In the bake house, Tobias begins to suspect that the remains of humans are used for the pies just as the Beadle’s body comes down the chute. He realizes that he is locked in and, whimpering, disappears down the cellar steps. Mrs. Lovett tells Todd that Tobias suspects them. She wants Todd to dispense with Tobias at once, but Todd is focused on extracting his revenge from the Judge. Anthony comes to save Johanna at the asylum, but, when the owner tries to stop him, he cannot bring himself to shoot. Johanna grabs the gun and kills the owner (“Fogg’s Asylum”). They escape. The lunatics are freed from the asylum and spill with euphoric excitement into the street (“City on Fire”). Mrs. Lovett and Todd look for Tobias. The Beggar Woman, suspicious of Mrs. Lovett, searches for the Beadle (“Searching I”). Anthony and Johanna arrive at the barbershop. She wears a sailor suit. At Anthony’s insistence, Johanna stays behind as he leaves to hire a coach for their escape to Plymouth. The Beggar Woman appears. Johanna hides in a trunk. The Beggar Woman surveys the room; being there stimulates something within her. She cradles and begins singing to an imaginary infant (“Searching II”). Todd discovers her. She tries to warn him about Mrs. Lovett and again wonders if she knows him. He turns on her, slits her throat and releases her down the chute. The Judge enters. Sweeney pretends that Johanna is safely with Mrs. Lovett and is longing to be reunited with him. Todd convinces the Judge to have a shave to prepare for his meeting with Johanna. Sweeney reveals himself
as Benjamin Barker and slits the Judge’s throat (“The Judge’s Return”). Todd starts out of the room to deal with Tobias as Johanna emerges from the trunk. Mistaking her for a sailor because of her disguise, Todd tries to attack her, but she escapes. He runs to the bake house. Mrs. Lovett tries to kill the Judge, who is still clinging to life. She then notices the Beggar Woman. She frantically tries to drag the Beggar Woman to the oven. Todd sees the woman in the light and realizes that she is his wife, Lucy. He accuses Mrs. Lovett of deceiving him; she claims that she never told him that Lucy died, only that she took poison (“Final Scene Part I”). She tries to stem his anger, and he feigns forgiveness by waltzing with her ... over
to the oven, shoving her inside. He then cradles the Beggar Woman in his arms (“Final Scene Part II”). Tobias appears, his hair now completely white from shock. He kills Sweeney with the razor, which has fallen on the floor. Constables, Anthony and Johanna appear. Tobias has lost his mind; he cannot stop turning the handle on the grinder. EPILOGUE The company re-enters and claims to see the Sweeney in each of us. At the end, Sweeney glares at the audience malevolently and he slams shut the iron door (“The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”).
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AN ENTERTAINMENT WITH A DARK SOUL
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BY NOEL MORRIS Meat pies, hucksters, thuggery, urchins, and gore — such was Victorian London. In 1833, an observer named Richard Rush wrote: “Accidents occurred all over London from a remarkable fog. Carriages ran against each other, and persons were knocked down by them at the crossings. The whole gang of thieves seemed to be let loose. After perpetrating their deeds, they eluded detection by darting into the fog.” Residents came to understand that when the smog turned the color of pea soup — a particularly toxic cocktail — people and livestock would drop dead. 14
Extreme poverty, carcasses in the street, raw sewage, and child prostitution were commonplace. The original Sweeney Todd wasn’t just the tale of a psycho killer, it was a portrait of that place, and an entertainment for the souls who lived there. In the throes of the Industrial Revolution, London’s population more than doubled. It just so happens that with the advent of the printing press and advances in public education, literacy also rose. One enterprising Fleet Street publisher named Edward Lloyd capitalized on this new market by cranking out fiction
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for the rough-hewn masses. As Charles Dickens issued his classic serials, Lloyd echoed them with titles like “Oliver Twiss” and “David Copperful.” Gothic stories were particularly popular (think of A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, or Great Expectations). Issues of Dickens’ serials sold for a shilling, but Lloyd’s “penny dreadfuls” sold for 1/12th that price. The most famous of these was an original tale about young love and a monster named Sweeney Todd. Sweeney was part of a serial called The String of Pearls: A Romance. Published in 18 installments in 1846 and 1847, the tale was so popular, it hit the stage before the print series ran its course. Because 19th- and 20th-century scholars made little effort to preserve the penny dreadfuls, it’s been difficult to establish the story’s author. James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest, Lloyd’s best writers, have both been credited at various times. Recent scholarship points to Rymer. Sweeney became an icon to Londoners. Today, you can visit his Fleet Street storefront (the Dundee Courier building), and read his full biography online, including information about his supposed death by hanging. Historic documents do not support the notion that he ever lived. Stephen Sondheim entered the picture in 1973 when he stepped into a London theater for a performance of Christopher Bond’s play Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Bond gave the misanthrope a tragic backstory and a 16
trigger for his descent into madness, which became Sondheim’s entry point. “What I did to Chris' play is more than enhance it,” Sondheim said. “I had a feeling it would be a new animal. The effect it had at Stratford East in London and the effect it had at the Uris Theatre in New York are two entirely different effects, even though it's the same play.” Sondheim enlisted Hugh Wheeler to write the book, and worked with his longtime collaborator, director Harold Prince. Prince and Sondheim disagreed on the basic premise. Sondheim saw it as a revenge play. Prince saw it as an allegory for the social conditions of the Industrial Revolution. Probably, it is both. Clearly, Sweeney has it in for Judge Turpin, but when he sings “There's a hole in the world like a great black pit, and it's filled with people who are filled with shit,” he’s condemning humanity, not just his nemesis. Dramatically speaking, he declares civilization an illusion (not such a stretch in that horrid place) and justifies what’s to come. SWEENEY TODD THE OPERA? Music doesn’t like to fit into boxes. You can make a thoughtful list of differences between opera and musical theater, only to follow it with dozens of exceptions. Sweeney works both ways, depending on the production and the cast. Opera singers train to cut through an orchestral texture and fill a large auditorium with their voices. And they do it without microphones. The microphone enables musical theater performers to sing eight or nine shows per week without straining the voice, whereas
opera singers need a few days’ rest. Often, it is the character of the voice that suggests a young singer’s career path. Once upon a time, Leonard Bernstein took a chance on a young talent. He hired a 25-year-old Oscar Hammerstein protégé as the lyricist for West Side Story (1957). As co-creator of the landmark show, Steven Sondheim soon earned his stripes in the musical theater world. Bernstein, a man well acquainted with the inner workings of both opera and Broadway later remarked: “I expected after West Side, that a lot of new young people would come in and take the next step, and the next step, and the next step, and by now we’d have had something that we could call the equivalent of opera — American opera. ... But we don’t. The
solitary exception is Steve Sondheim who does take a step with every show he does.” Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opened March 1, 1979, on Broadway and won eight Tony awards. Critics and audiences alike consider it his masterwork. Meryle Secrest, author of Stephen Sondheim: A Life wrote that Schuyler G. Chapin, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera was in the house that opening night, and said, “I would have put it on like a shot, if I’d had the opportunity. ... Because it is an opera. A modern American opera.” Five years later, Harold Prince staged Sweeney Todd, first with the Houston Grand Opera then New York City Opera.
The original opera staging of Sweeney Todd for Houston Grand Opera by Harold Prince in 1984. Joyce Castle as Mrs. Lovett and Timothy Nolen as Sweeney Todd. photo: Jim Caldwell; Houston Grand Opera
CAST & CREATIVE STEPHEN SONDHEIM MUSIC & LYRICS
Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park With George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994), and Road Show (2008), as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), and Do I Hear A Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side By Side By Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), Youâ€™re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99), and Sondheim On Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores for the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (1990) and the TV production Evening Primrose (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made a Hat (2011). In 2010, the Broadway theater formerly known as Henry Millerâ€™s Theatre was renamed in his honor.
HUGH WHEELER BOOK
Hugh Wheeler was a novelist, playwright, and screen writer. He wrote more than 30 mystery novels under the pseudonyms Q. Patrick and Patrick Quentin, and four of his novels were transformed into films: Black Widow, Man in the Net, The Green-Eyed Monster, and The Man With Two Wives. For films he wrote the screenplays for Travels With My Aunt, Something for Everyone, A Little Night Music, and Nijinsky. His plays include Big Fish, Little Fish (1961), Look: We've Come Through (1961), and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1966, adapted from the Shirley Jackson novel). He co-authored with Joseph Stein the book for a new production of the 1919 musical Irene (1973), wrote the books for A Little Night Music (1973), a new production of Candide (1973), Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979, based on a version of the play by Christopher Bond), and Meet Me in St. Louis (adapted from the 1949 MGM musical), contributed additional material for the musical Pacific Overtures (1976), and wrote a new adaptation of the Kurt Weill opera Silverlake, which was directed by Harold Prince at the New York Opera. He received Tony and Drama Desk awards for A Little Night Music, Candide, and Sweeney Todd. Prior to his death in 1987, Mr. Wheeler was working on two new musicals, Bodo and Fu Manchu, and a new adaptation of The Merry Widow. 18
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TIMOTHY MYERS CONDUCTOR ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
American conductor Timothy Myers enjoys a career that encompasses a wide breadth of opera and symphonic repertoire, as well as a continued commitment to quality long-term relationships with institutions and artists. In 2016, Myers made his European debut with a highly acclaimed production of Barber’s Vanessa at Wexford Festival Opera, where he returned in 2017 to lead a new production of Jacopo Foroni’s rediscovered Margherita, the first performances since its 1848 premiere. Also in the 2017-18 season, Myers continues his long affiliation with Houston Grand Opera, conducting Bernstein’s West Side Story; a debut with Florida Grand Opera leading his first Salome; and Samson et Dalila in concert for his return as a guest conductor at North Carolina Opera. Noteworthy recent engagements have included concerts with the North Carolina Symphony and Baltimore Symphony, Adams’ Doctor Atomic and R. Strauss’ Capriccio with Curtis Opera Theatre, a Lyric Opera of Chicago debut conducting the Rising Stars Concert, and the workshop of Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage’s commission for the Metropolitan Opera, Intimate Apparel. A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Myers was the first associate conductor of the Castleton Festival, where he led multiple symphonic and opera performances during his tenure. Myers has conducted the American, Jerusalem, Beijing NCPA, North Carolina, Portland (Maine), Toledo, Chautauqua, Tulsa, and Palm Beach symphony orchestras, and the Malaysian, Johannesburg, and Brooklyn philharmonic orchestras.
ALBERT SHERMAN PRODUCTION DIRECTOR ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Albert Sherman has garnered praise for his stylistic versatility and carefully crafted productions of opera, operetta, and musical theater. He made his European debut directing the world premiere of the Marilyn Monroe opera Happy Birthday, Mr. President for Volkstheater Rostock. As a resident stage director for more than 30 seasons at New York City Opera, he directed critically acclaimed productions of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Verdi’s La traviata, Falstaff, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. In addition to his work at City Opera, Sherman has directed productions for a number of other companies such as Wolf Trap, Cincinnati, Portland, Kentucky, Florentine (Milwaukee), Phoenix, Sarasota, Columbus, Dayton, and Tulsa. He has also guest directed at Manhattan School of Music, Boston University, Academy of Vocal Arts (Philadelphia), Mannes School of Music, New York University, and New World School of the Arts (Miami). Sherman assisted Harold Prince on the NYCO productions of Candide, Sweeney Todd, and Weill’s Silverlake. Additionally he assisted Scott Ellis and Susan Stroman on the company’s Drama Desk Award-winning production of A Little Night Music, telecast on PBS. Sherman is a recipient of the School of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston University College of Fine Arts. 20
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ROLANDO SALAZAR CHORUS MASTER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: LA TRAVIATA, 2013
Rolando Salazar is the Assistant Conductor, Interim Chorus Master, and the Music Administrator for The Atlanta Opera. He has served as assistant conductor and pianist at the Bellingham Festival of Music, as assistant conductor at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, and as coach/conductor for the Harrower Opera Workshop. He serves as artistic director and conductor of the Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra while maintaining a guest conducting schedule, most recently in performances with the Georgia State University Orchestra, Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, Georgia State University Opera, and the Ozark Family Opera. Mr. Salazar also keeps an active coaching and collaborative piano schedule in Atlanta, preparing numerous singers for engagements with major orchestras and opera houses worldwide. A student of Michael Palmer, he is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Master of Music in orchestral conducting and an Artist Diploma in orchestra and opera.
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ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: LA BOHÈME, 2015 Selected theater credits include Twelfth Night (The Public), Her Requiem (LCT3), Fidelis (The Public), Ping Pong (The Public), The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane), Ike at Night (UTR/The Public), Quiet Comfort (Hoi Polloi), Take Care (The Flea), Platonov (The Kitchen/Jay Scheib), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm), Book of Disquiet (Peak Performances), Ghosts (Theatreworks), Stoop Stories (Weston Playhouse), Carnival Kids (Lesser America), The Woodsman (Oberon Ensemble), The Drawer Boy (Soho Playhouse), Baal (Hoi Polloi). Opera: Scarlet Letter (Opera Colorado), Cato in Utica (Opera Lafayette), L’ Elisir d’amour (The Curtis Institute). Dance: Premieres with Sidra Bell, Alexander Ekman, Aszure Barton, Kate Weare, Benoit Swan-Pouffer, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris Puremovement, The National Dance Company of Wales, Aalto Ballet Theatre Essen Germany, and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
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MICHAEL MAYES SWEENEY TODD ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Michael Mayes appears in prestigious houses worldwide including Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, Atlanta Opera, Seattle Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Barbican in London. He recently made his debuts with Teatro Real in Madrid and the Barbican in London with his critically acclaimed portrayal of Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggieâ€™s Dead Man Walking. Additional contemporary performances include Heggie operas Out of Darkness, Three Decembers, and Great Scott, as well as Glory Denied with Nashville Opera, Opera Memphis, and Fort Worth Opera; The Wreckers with Bard SummerScape, Lysistrata with Fort Worth Opera, Baden-Baden 1927 with Gotham Chamber Opera, Margaret Garner opposite mezzosoprano Denyce Graves with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Opera Carolina. His impressive resume in traditional repertoire includes Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West, Scarpia in Tosca, Escamillo in Carmen, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and the title role in Rigoletto. Upcoming engagements include his Seattle Opera debut as Count di Luna in Il trovatore and his role debut of Wozzeck with Des Moines Metro Opera, as well as his return to Madison Opera for Tonio and Alfio in the double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.
MARIA ZIFCHAK MRS. LOVETT
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: COLD SASSY TREE, 2008 In the 2017-18 season, Maria Zifchak returns to The Metropolitan Opera to sing 12 performances of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Gertrude in Romeo and Juliette. In the spring of 2017, she performed the role of Mrs. De Rocher in Dead Man Walking at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Maria has also performed this role at Central City Opera and will perform again this season at Madrid's Teatro Real. This spring and summer, Maria returns to Central City Opera to sing her first performances of Azucena in Il trovatore. Upcoming engagements include a return to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Annina in a new production of La traviata and third lady in The Magic Flute as well as a return to Seattle Opera as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw, which she has also sung at Central City Opera. In spring 2019, she sings the role of Mrs. De Rocher in Dead Man Walking with The Atlanta Opera, as well as Serena Joy in a new production of Poul Rudersâ€™ The Handmaid's Tale in her debut with Boston Lyric Opera. 24
JOSEPH LATTANZI ANTHONY HOPE
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 2014 A 2017 Sullivan Foundation Award recipient, baritone Joseph Lattanzi established himself as a singer to watch with his portrayal of Hawkins Fuller in the world premiere of Greg Spears’ Fellow Travelers with Cincinnati Opera. The New York Times said, “Joseph Lattanzi was splendid as Hawk, his buttery baritone luxuriant and robust.” Opera News described him as a “confident, handsome presence, and a resonant baritone suggesting wells of feeling ...” He began the 2017-18 season with his Virginia Opera debut as Sonora in La fanciulla del West and returns to the company later in the season as Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Following performances of Hawkins Fuller at the PROTOTYPE Festival, he debuts at Lyric Opera of Chicago in the same role for its production of Fellow Travelers. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Lattanzi was a member of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio. He was heard in the title role of Don Giovanni, as Dandini in La Cenerentola, and Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas. During this period, he also returned to Seattle Opera as Kuligin in Katya Kabanová and joined San Francisco Opera for its production of Don Giovanni. Upcoming engagements include a debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a return to Arizona Opera as Lt. Audebert in Silent Night. www.JosephLattanziBaritone.com
LEAH PARTRIDGE BEGGAR WOMAN
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 2006 A Lincolnton, Ga. native, Leah Partridge has performed worldwide to great acclaim in some of opera’s greatest roles. After her dazzling performances of Diana in the Mozart-like comedy L’Arbore di Diana in 2017, the Minneapolis Star Tribune declared, “Leah Partridge actually stopped the show!” Most recently, she has performed with the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy; the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain, The Atlanta Opera; Washington National Opera; Opera Omaha; Seattle Opera; and Minnesota Opera, among many others. Her Metropolitan Opera debut was in 2008 Peter Grimes followed by several return engagements and live in HD broadcasts. Next season, Leah makes her role debut as Nedda in I Pagliacci with Opera Omaha. Ms. Partridge is the founder of the Voice Studio Atlanta, where she teaches and mentors aspiring singers in opera and musical theater. More information about her can be found by visiting www.thevoicestudioatlanta.com and www.leahpartridge.com or by following her on Instagram @leahoperabird and @thevoicestudioatlanta. She is a graduate of Mercer University and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she received the prestigious Wilfred C. Bain Opera Fellowship. 25
TOM FOX JUDGE TURPIN
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: SILENT NIGHT, 2016 Tom Fox has been performing at the most important and prestigious opera houses in the world. He has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Minnesota Opera, Vancouver Opera, and Canadian Opera Company, among others. Internationally, he has appeared at Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Oper Frankfurt, Opéra de Paris, Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra National du Rhin, Opéra National de la Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Teatro Municipal, Santiago, as well as the Salzburg Festival and the Savonlinna Festival. Apart from his Verdi, Puccini, Strauss and 20th Century roles, Mr. Fox is particularly highly regarded as an interpreter of Wagner, and has sung most of the leading Wagner roles of his Fach: Wotan and Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen, The Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Telramund in Lohengrin, Klingsor in Parsifal, and Biterolf in Tannhäuser. Current and recent projects include the roles of the French General in Silent Night with The Atlanta Opera, the Doctor in Wozzeck with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ revised version of Appomattox with the Washington National Opera and the Speaker in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, also with the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
VANESSA BECERRA JOHANNA BARKER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Emerging soprano Vanessa Becerra has received acclaim for her “opulent” and “silvery” voice, and for her dynamic stage presence. A graduate of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, her performances during her tenure included Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Annina in La traviata. She was also featured as Gossip 2 in the Grammy-nominated recording of The Ghosts of Versailles. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Ms. Becerra made her professional debut with Fort Worth Opera in 2014, in the highly acclaimed production of With Blood With Ink for which she was praised for her “passionate theatrical intensity” (Wall Street Journal) and her “irresistible characterization” (Opera News). Ms. Becerra began the 2017-18 season with the LA Phil in a concert of selections from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in which Ms. Becerra sang Papagena under the baton of Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Other debuts included her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in their Lyric Unlimited production of Greg Spears’ Fellow Travelers as Miss Lightfoot and her Opera Omaha debut as Glauce in Medea conducted by Jane Glover. Further performances include a concert of music by Donizetti with The Dallas Opera at the Winspear Opera House and Sophie in Werther with Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware. 26
IAN MCEUEN TOBIAS RAGG ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Praised for his versatility as a performer, tenor Ian McEuen recently made debuts with Nashville Opera as Pong in Turandot, North Carolina Opera as Goro in Madama Butterfly, the Handel Choir of Baltimore for the Messiah, and Knoxville Opera as Spoletta in Tosca, and he returned to Washington National Opera for Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars. Additional highlights include his debuts with UrbanArias as Dr. S in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, New Orleans Opera as Tobias in Sweeney Todd, and with Virginia Opera as Pang in Turandot, and a return to Washington National Opera as Goro in their production of Madama Butterfly. With Fort Worth Opera he has been seen in Mark Adamo's Lysistrata, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Daniel Crozer's With Blood, With Ink. In November 2013, he created the roles of the Hippo and Holy Man in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and J.D. McClatchy’s The Lion, the Unicorn and Me for his debut at Washington National Opera. The 2017-18 season included the covers of Dan Leno in Elizabeth Cree and John Little in We Shall Not Be Moved, both with Opera Philadelphia for the O17 Festival, and his return to UrbanArias for Florida.
CHRISTOPHER BOZEKA ADOLFO PIRELLI ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Tenor Christopher Bozeka is quickly becoming recognized for his “expressively captivating” performances as well as his “beautiful, piercing tone” (San Francisco Chronicle). In the summer of 2017, Mr. Bozeka debuted with Opera Project Columbus as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. Other engagements in the 2017-18 season include Tamino in the touring production of The Magic Flute with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and soloist in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Kinetic Ensemble (Houston). Mr. Bozeka’s 2016-17 season included engagements with Houston Grand Opera as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Pedrillo in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He also debuted with Opera Columbus Ohio as Pedrillo, Albany Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Musical Bridges Around the World San Antonio as soloist in a Mozart Opera Gala. He debuted at Glimmerglass Festival as Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd and returned to Detroit Symphony Orchestra as First Jew in Strauss’ Salome. During his association with the prestigious Houston Grand Opera studio program, Mr. Bozeka performed as Spoletta (Tosca), Male Emilia (Prince of Players), Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), and the Drunkard/Lamplight (The Little Prince). He also performed the role of Rinuccio with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program in Gianni Schicchi, for which Opera News praised his “handsome, open-throated rendering of Rinuccio's aria,” and Castleton Festival’s production of Madama Butterfly as Goro and Pinkerton. Christopher Bozeka is prizewinner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Ohio, and Houston’s Eleanor McCollum Competition. 27
TIMOTHY CULVER BEADLE BAMFORD
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, 2011 Tenor Timothy Culver has been described as having “a rich but penetrating tenor” and that he “faces florid tenor writing with a fearless vivacity.” Since his professional debut in 2003, he has performed almost forty different stage roles. Equally at home in both operatic and musical theatre works, Mr. Culver has performed with The Atlanta Opera, Ann Arbor Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Opera Theater, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Porthouse Theatre, Akron Symphony, Nightingale Opera Theatre, Bar Harbor Music Festival and the Cleveland Orchestra. Some recent roles include Cavaradossi in Tosca, Werther in the title role, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Canio in I Pagliacci, Il duca di Mantua in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La traviata and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore. During the inaugural season of the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Lucca, Italy, Mr. Culver performed and studied under the direction of internationally renowned baritone, Lorenzo Malfatti. A frequent recitalist, oratorio and concert soloist, Mr. Culver sang in the U.S. premiere of Erwin Schulhoff’s H.M.S. Royal Oaks with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. In 2012, Mr. Culver was selected to participate in the Cleveland Art Song Festival where he worked with international artists Christine Brewer, Roger Vignoles and Warren Jones. Mr. Culver is an Associate Professor of Voice at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University.
MATT MCCUBBIN JONAS FOGG/BIRDSELLER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Matt McCubbin (Jonas Fogg/Birdseller) is thrilled to be making his Atlanta Opera debut. A Virginia native who now calls Georgia his artistic home, Matt has worked as an actor, singer, and performer throughout both states. Theatre: West Side Story, A Chorus Line (Springer Opera House); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit); A Little Princess (Theatrical Outfit); The Addams Family (OnStage Atlanta); Children of Eden (Virginia Musical Theatre); Plaid Tidings (The Prizery). Opera: Orphée, A Streetcar Named Desire (Virginia Opera). Theme Park: Dolphin Tales (Georgia Aquarium); Christmas in the City (Stone Mountain Park); Celtic Fyre, Night Beats, Deck the Halls, Gloria! (Busch Gardens Williamsburg). He traveled and performed internationally in the title role of D’Artagnan: Defending the Crown with ArtSpot Educational Theatre, a company that combines the performing arts with English-Language educational programs abroad. Matt is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a bachelor of arts in theater and communication. 28
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THE ATLANTA OPERA CHORUS CHORUS MASTER Rolando Salazar
CHORUS MEMBERS SOPRANO
Caitlin Andrews Hanan Davis Kate Doriot Reina Powell Rebecca Shipley Jeanette Simpson
Jose Caballero Brendan Callahan-Fitzgerald Will Green Sung-Bae Kim William McChriston Sidnei Alferes
Lynnette Anderson Elizebeth Barnes Melissa Godbee Jessica Lane Amber Tittle Laurie Tossing
Jacob Augsten Rob Banks Chris Connolly Samuel Ferreria Timothy Marshall Sheldon Michael Ivan Segovia
SUPERNUMERARIES Marcus Allen Jarrett Heatherly Jerry Hunter John Jenkins Lea Masson David van Mersbergen Spiro Winsett 30
THE ATLANTA OPERA ORCHESTRA VIOLIN
Peter Ciaschini The Loraine P. Williams Orchestra Concertmaster Chair
Jim Zellers Principal
Michael Cebulski Principal
Helen Kim Assistant Concertmaster
Fia Durrett Principal Second
Diana Dunn Principal
Ellen Foster Acting Principal
Adelaide Federici Assistant Principal Second
David Odom Principal
Robert Givens Patti Gouvas
Ivy Ringel Principal
VIOLA William Johnston Principal Joli Wu Acting Assistant Principal
TRUMPET Yvonne Toll Principal
David Hancock Acting Assistant Principal Cynthia Sulko
Musicians employed in this production are represented by the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
David Bradley Principal
Charae Krueger Principal
Mark McConnell Principal Edmon Nicholson Richard Brady Bass Trombone
BASS Lyn DeRamus Principal Emory Clements
CHORUS SPOTLIGHT LYNNETTE ANDERSON, MEZZO-SOPRANO/ALTO THE ATLANTA OPERA: How long have you sung with The Atlanta Opera Chorus? LYNNETTE ANDERSON: I’ve sung in the Atlanta Opera Chorus since 1985, been in more than 80 productions, and have been featured in small ensembles in some productions. AO: Where did you grow up and how did you get into music? LYNNETTE: I grew up near Wheeling, W. Va., about an hour from Pittsburgh. I can’t remember a time when I was not singing. I sang solos in church at a young age, I took piano lessons starting in the fifth grade, and I sang in school choirs. I received my music degrees from West Virginia University. Everything always revolved around music. AO: What are your favorite musical moments in Sweeney Todd? LYNNETTE: “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd,” “Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir” scene, “Not While I’m Around,” and, of course, Mrs. Lovett’s “A Little Priest.”
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in the production of Orfeo with David Daniels. And the 1996 Olympics program at Symphony Hall, to name a few. AO: What should audiences listen for in this opera? LYNNETTE: The various themes that represent each character that are intertwined throughout Sweeney Todd.
AO: What is your all-time favorite Atlanta Opera moment?
AO: What do you do when you're not singing?
LYNNETTE: I have several. The first time I stepped on the stage with the fabulous Atlanta Opera Chorus and Orchestra is a treasured moment. My first time singing the Moon Chorus, “Perché tarda la Luna,” from Turandot. Being
LYNNETTE: When I first started singing in the chorus, I taught high school choral music, elementary music K-5, and sang as a staff singer in church choirs. I now help my husband with his production company and still sing in vocal groups
AO: Any advice for young singers?
When I’m in my car, I turn on Siriusly Sinatra on SiriusXM radio and croon along with him while driving. I do have a bumper sticker on my car that says, “Caution Driver Singing."
LYNNETTE: The best advice I can give is from a quote by Gregory Hines:
AO: If you had to be another voice part, what would it be, and why?
“Remember, luck is opportunity meeting up with preparation, so you must prepare yourself to be lucky.”
LYNNETTE: Well let’s see: Who has some of the best music? Who usually dies near the end of the opera? Who is the primary love interest? Which vocal part is always in demand in opera or a chorus? Answer: A tenor!
around town. I love early music, so one of my goals is to become a virtuoso recorder player!
AO: Tell us your most interesting audition story. LYNNETTE: All my auditions were positive experiences. AO: Besides classical, what other genres of music and/or artists do you like? LYNNETTE: I like all kinds of music – a little jazz, bluegrass, and Broadway tunes.
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AO: Overrated or underrated: meat pies? LYNNETTE: Underrated. Like liver and onions, you can’t get enough of Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies.
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 Sept. 1, 2016, through Mar. 30, 2018. DIRECTOR'S CIRCLE $200,000+ Anonymous John & Rosemary Brown Ann & Frank Critz *Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jack C. McDowell Jerry & Dulcy Rosenberg $100,000+ Mr. & Mrs. Ronald R. Antinori Mr. Howard W. Hunter - Gramma Fisher Foundation Harold Brody & Donald Smith Ms. Bunny Winter & Mr. Michael Doyle $50,000+ Nancy & *Jim Bland The Laura & Montague Boyd Foundation Mr. & Mrs. John L. Connolly Martha Thompson Dinos John L. Hammaker Mary & EP Rogers Foundation, Inc. Donald & Marilyn Keough Foundation Mr. William F. Snyder Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor Rhys T. & Carolyn Wilson $25,000+ Anonymous Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny Mary Ruth McDonald Victoria & Howard Palefsky Mr. William E. Pennington The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation Judith & Mark Taylor PATRON'S CIRCLE GOLD $15,000+ Mr. & *Mrs. Shepard B. Ansley Bryan & Johanna Barnes Dr. Asad Bashey Mr. David Boatwright
Mr. Robert P. Dean & Mr. Robert Epstein *Heike & Dieter Elsner Mr. Arthur Fagen Mr. & Mrs. Carl & Sally Gable James M. Kane & Andrea Braslavsky Kane Mr. Kevin Kelly Mrs. Dale Levert & Mr. George W. Levert Mr. Charles Sharbaugh *Mrs. Eleanor H. Strain $10,000+ Anonymous Cathy & Mark Adams Elizabeth & Jeremy Adler Julie & Jim Balloun Mr. & Mrs. Andy Berg Dr. R. Dwain Blackston Mr. Mario Concha Elise R. Donohue Charitable Trust William Hyde, UBS Private Wealth Management Candy & Greg Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Klump Dr. & Mrs. James Lowman Mr. James B. Miller, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Morelli II Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Paulhus John & Barbara Ross Mr. & Mrs. Timothy E. Sheehan Yee-Wan & John Stevens Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. St.Clare Mrs. Wadleigh C. Winship Bob & Cappa Woodward Charitable Fund Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland PATRON'S CIRCLE SILVER $5,000+ Anonymous Mrs. Phillip E. Alvelda Dr. Florence C. Barnett Mr. & Mrs. Dante Bellizzi The Bickers Charitable Trust Dr. Bruce Cassidy & Dr. Eda Hochgelerent Jean & Jerry Cooper Col. & Mrs. Edgar W. Duskin
Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Ms. Rebecca Y. Frazer & Mr. Jon Buttrey Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Hardin Hills Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Harry C. Howard Mr. & Mrs. James C. Kennedy Mr. James D. Powell Drs. Aileen & Richard Robinson Milton J. Sams Johannah Smith Mr. & Mrs. George B. Taylor, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Nicholas Valerio III The Mary & Charlie Yates Family Foundation Rae & George Weimer Mr. Allen W. Yee PATRON'S CIRCLE BRONZE $2,500+ Mr. & Mrs. C. Duncan Beard Mrs. Elizabeth Tufts Bennett Mr. & Mrs. Paul Blackney Dr. John W. Cooledge Mr. Richard H. Delay & Dr. Francine D. Dykes Mr. Robert S. Devins Drs. Morgan & Susanne Horton Eiland Rita Evans Ms. Ariana B. Fass Dr. & Mrs. Donald J. Filip Mr. & Mrs. Lance Fortnow R. Derril Gay, Ph.D. Kevin Greiner & Robyn Roberts Judge Adele P. Grubbs Harald Hansen Mr. Jake Heggie Mr. & Mrs. Gert Kampfer Ms. Salli LeVan Linda L. Lively & James E. Hugh III Dr. Jill Mabley Belinda & Gino Massafra Mr. & Mrs. Allen P. McDaniel Mr. & Mrs. John L. O'Neal Mr. & Mrs. William A. Parker Mrs. Polly N. Pater Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence S. Phillips Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ratonyi Mr. & Mrs. J. Barry Schrenk Morton & Angela Sherzer Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Shreiber Lynne & Steven Steindel Mr. Tarek Takieddini Larry & Beverly Willson
FRIEND'S CIRCLE INVESTOR $1,000+ Mrs. Pierce Allgood Michael Arens & Jeff Daniel Christine M. Beard Michael L. & Valerie W. Benoit Mrs. Enrique E. Bledel Sam & Boog Candler Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Catalfano Mr. & Mrs. Raymond H. Chenault Mrs. Carol J. Clark Don & Linda Coatsworth Mr. Lawrence M. Cohen Ms Lillianette Cook & Ms. Carol Uhl Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft III Mrs. Lavona Currie Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Curry Dr. & Mrs. F. Thomas Daly Jr. Ms. Suzanne Mott Dansby Mr. Kevin Dew & Mr. Hal Platt Dr. Mary M. Finn John Gam, Ph. D. Mr. Richard Goodjoin Alex Graham Ms. Louise S. Gunn Mr. Ronald L. Harris & Mrs. Jacqueline Pownall Dean & Vivian Haulton Mr. George Hickman, III Kay & Neil Hightower Mr. L. D. Holland Mr. & Mrs. Howell Hollis III Mr. Thomas J. Collins & Jeff Holmes Ann P. Howington Mr. & Mrs. David C. Huffman Mary & Wayne James Lou & Tom Jewell Mrs. Cecile M. Jones Mr. & Mrs. Fred R. Keith Marsha & David King Ms. Eleanor Kinsey Mr. & Mrs. Gedas Kutka Ms. Brenda O. Lambert Mrs. Treville Lawrence Alex Livingston Dr. Carlos E. Lopez Dan D. Maslia Shelley McGehee Ms. Mimi S. Monett Ms. Priscilla M. Moran Jane & Jim Murray Terri & Stephen Nagler John & Agnes Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Nicholas III The Opera Guild for Atlanta
Mr. Jeff Orr Clara M. & John S. O'Shea Dr. & Mrs. Donald A. Paul Mr. Darryl C. Payne & Ms. Lisa C. Richardson Lucy S. Perry Mr. Lawrence F. Pinson Mrs. Betsy Pittman Dr. Michael F. Pratt & Nancy Peterman Mr. Daniel V. Pompilio III & Mrs. Lark Ingram The Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. Lynn & Kent Regenstein R.J. & D.G. Riffey, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. George P. Rodrigue Sandra & Ronald Rousseau Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Katherine Scott Mr. & Mrs. S. Albert Sherrod Mr. Fred B. Smith Mr. Paul Snyder Mr. Peter James Stelling Steve & Christine Strong Mr. & Mrs. James Summers Dr. Jane T. St. Clair & Mr. James E. Sustman Dr. & Mrs. Michael Szikman Thomas & Loraine Williams Foundation Mr. Stephen H. Thompson & Mr. Drew Mote Tull Charitable Foundation Alan & Marcia Watt Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. Kiki Wilson Dr. & Mrs. R. Craig Woodward Ms. Jerrie Woodward Dr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Yuschok Mr. & Mrs. Andy & Sarah Zabinski FRIEND'S CIRCLE SUPPORTER $500+ Anonymous Judith Alembik Mr. C. Scott Akers, Jr. Dr. Raymond Allen Mr. & Mrs. Robert O. Banker Colonel & Mrs. John V. Barson, D.O. Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Betor Ms. Marta V. Boulineau Bob & Marion Bunker Martha S. Brewer Chris Casey & Douglas Weiss Mr. Harold Chapman, Jr. Mr. David F. Chastain III Mr. N. Jerold Cohen & Ms. Andrea Strickland Mrs. Jan W. Collins Mr. & Mrs. Newt Collinson Maureen & Michael Dailey
Mr. James M. Datka & Ms. Nora P. DePalma Dr. & Mrs. Albert De Chicchis Jim & Carol Dew Mr. Mark du Mas Mr. & Mrs. Louis Ederington Ms. DeeAnn E. Evans Mr. & Mrs. Michael Flaherty Mr. Micah Fortson Mrs. John W. Grant III Dr. Thomas N. Guffin, Jr. Donna & Richard Hiller Alegra N. Horne Richard & Linda Hubert Ms. Brenda D. Jennings Cliff Jolliff & Elaine Gerke Mr. Scott Ingram Mr. & Mrs. Edward Katze John & JoAnn Keller Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich Joan & Arnold Kurth Chris & Jill Le Mrs. Jeanine Lewis Livvy Kazer Lipson Vaneesa & Allan Little Dr. Robert & Judge Stephanie Manis Samantha & William Markle Mr. Thomas L. McCook Mr. M. Sean Molley Mortimer Family Barbara & Mark Murovitz Mr. Vernon Norris Mr. & Mrs. Henry C. Parrish III Mr. David Paule & Mr. Gary Mann Mr. & Mrs. John Payan Ms. Sandra Perkowitz Mr. W. Ray Persons Ms. Sophia B. Peterman John Pruitt Mr. Stephen L. Rann Mr. John B. Rofrano Ms. Regina Schuber Mr. Robert Sidewater Dr. & Mrs. Stanley J. Smits Gail & Barry Spurlock Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stansfield Dr. Susan Y. Stevens Judge Mike & Mrs. Jane Stoddard Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P. Stuk , Jr. Carolyn & Robert Swain Suzanne & Mark Sykes Mr. & Mrs. Alan Taylor Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor Ms. Virginia S. Taylor Mr. James D. Tyson
Dr. & Mrs. James H. Venable Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Walden Mrs. Jody Collins Weatherly Dr. & Mrs. Sam Williams Virginia S. Williams Dr. & Mrs. David Wingert FRIEND'S CIRCLE CONTRIBUTOR $250+ Dr. Robert & Mrs. Lynne Alpern Mrs. Elizabeth Bair Mr. David Baker Mr. & Mrs. Harris P. Baskin Mr. Matt Blackburn Dr. & Mrs. Jerry Blumenthal Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal & Dr. Marjorie Speers Ms. Susan H. Branch Ms. Melodye G. Brown Stanford M. Brown Mark & Peg Bumgardner Dr. & Mrs. W. Jerry Capps Dr. Earle D. Clowney Melanie Collins Mr. T. Dennis Connally Mr. & Mrs. John H. Crawford Mr. & Mrs. Harold T. Daniel Jr. Mr. Glen Galbaugh Col. & Mrs. Donald M. Gilner Jim & Virginia Hale Mr. Scott Hazleton Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz Mr. Rolf Ingenleuf Robert L. Jeffrey Ms. Susan Johnston & Mrs. Shannon Motley Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Johnston Sophie Li Richard Lodise & Valerie Jagiella Mr. Simon Miller Dr. Patricia S. Moulton Mr. & Mrs. Stephen L. Naman Mr. Joseph M. Pabst Ms. Catherine Popper & Mr. Noah Eckhouse Mrs. Karin Radosta Miss Renee Smiley Mr. & Mrs. John Stephenson Mr. & Mrs. Frederick A. Stuart Mr. Richard Thio Dr. & Mrs. David Vroon Jone Williams FRIEND'S CIRCLE FRIEND $100+ Anonymous Mr. Thomas A. Adams, Jr.
Dr. Catherine Allard 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 Ms. Margaret Banton Mr. Daniel Bauman Mr. Walter Beamer Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Beard Ms. Lauren Benevich Daniel & Bethann Berger Mr. & Mrs. Matthew H. Bernstein Mr. & Mrs. Sid Besmertnik Mr. Michael Blackwood Richard Blumberg Ms. Martha Bobo Dianne Brannen Mr. Paul Brenner Leanne Beutler 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 Michael J. & Debra M. Caldwell Thomas S. Caras, M.D. Ms. Elizabeth B. Carlson Ms. Patricia Carlson Mr. Michael Carver Mr. & Mrs. George Cemore Dr. & Mrs. Arthur E. Chapman Dr. & Mrs. Sheldon B. Cohen Mrs. Claudia Colvin Ms. Sally Combs 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 Mrs. June Crawford Mrs. Eleanor Crosby Ms. Delia T. Crouch Ms. Josephone B. Crymes Ms. Ann Cummings
Mr. David D'Ambrosio Dr. Jiyoung Daniel Mrs. Barbara Derketsch & Mr. Joel Derketsch Terrence DeWitt Phillip Diaddigo Giovanni Dipalma Mr. & Mrs. John Drucker Mr. Denis DuBois Mr. & Mrs. David R. Dye Ms. Antoinette J. Earley Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Eckardt Janice & Charles M. Edwards III Ms. Paula L. Ellis Mr. Mark Engel Ms. Elizabeth R. Etoll Mr. Sergio Favalli Joann Felder Mrs. Arnoldo Fiedotin Mike Figura Ms. Martha Fineman Dr. & Mrs. Stanley Fineman Ms. Lora Fitzgerald Ms. Hope Caldwell-Foster Dr. & Mrs. Richard D. Franco, MD Mr. Jeffrey A. Freeman Dr. & Mrs. David J. Frolich 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 Dr. & Mrs. Joseph D. Giovinco Dr. & Mrs. Martin Goldstein James C. Goodwyne & Christopher S. Connelly Barbara Govert Mr. & Mrs. Duncan S. Gray Jr. Beverly Green Mr. William Green Daniel Griffin Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Grodzicki Ms. Anne L. Grossman Ms. Donna Hall Ms. Marilyn M. Hall Anne Hammond Gary Hanson Dr. & Mrs. Bannester L. Harbin Anno Hardage Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Harley Ms. Freya Harris
Beth Hausmann Dr. Gary Henschen Dr. Thomas High Sarah Hill Mr. Joseph Ho James E. Honkisz & Catherine A. Binns Douglas Hooker & Patrise Perkins Hooker Dr. & Mrs. S. G. Hornsby, Jr. Mrs. Sally Horntvedt Dr. Karen Kuehn Howell Ms. Jan W. Hughen Ms. Irmgard S. Immel Becky J Ms. Louise Jackson Robert & Barbara Jackson Dr. Denise Jamieson & Dr. Tracee Treadwell Mrs. Mary O. Jensen Mr. Johnny C. Johnson Mr. Richard P. Johnson Mr. Charles A. Johnston, Jr. 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 Ms. Josephine S. Kroger Ms. Jane S. Langford Mrs. Emma Lankford Juliette & Andrew Lebor Allyna Lee Michelle M.S. Lee Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr. Ms. Leslie Leland Mrs. Laura Leon Hamm Ms. Mieghan Lewis Ms. Joanne Lincoln Mr. Sidney E. Linton Mr. & Mrs. Allen H. Lipis Donna & Trevor Lumb Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Lyttle Ms. Nancy Martin Adair & Joe Massey Katherine B. Maxwell & Michael J. Maxwell Christina McCoy Michael McDaniel Ms. Robin McDonald Mrs. Gwendolyn Michel
Cindy & Edward Miller Judith A. Monsaas James Moore Ms. Camilia Mouton Hon Mollie W. Neal David Turnage & Alice Nelson Mr. Denis Ng Mr. & Mrs. David Norris The Honorable & Mrs. George A. Novak Ms. Kaaren Nowicki Ms. Debra Nuyan Mr. John Owens Ms. Sandra S. Owens Hyun Park & Morgan Harris Edward & Marjorie Patterson Dr. & Mrs. John G. Paty, Jr. Mr. Andreas Penninger Ms. Mary Percy Susan & David Peterson Mr. & Mrs. John H. Petrey Drs. Frank & Robin Petruzielo Ms. Faye Popper Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Powers *Sharon & Jim Radford Ms. Carol Riggs Ms. Jean Robertson Mr. & Mrs. John Philip Rogers Mr. James Rollins Mr. Daniel D. Ross Ms. Ana M. Rountree Ms. Linda Rubin Harriet Ruskin 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 Redd Schoening Mr. Donald Schreiber & Ms. Barbara Seal Ms. Gretchen Schulz Mr. & Mrs. John A. Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. David M. Scoular Ms. Roberta Setzer Mrs. Heather A. Shepherd Carolyn H. Sherman Mr. Joshua Shubin Helga Hazelrig Siegel Adrienne Silberman Mr. Robert L. Silverman Dr. & Mrs. Stuart H. Silverman Sharon Silvermintz Mrs. Debra Sinko
Dr. Jean C. Smith Maidee & Jim Spencer Mrs. Fred Stewart Ms. Elizabeth D. Sullivan David & Marjorie Summers Mr. John Sumrall Dr. David E. Sutherland II & Mrs. Sarah F. Yates Sutherland Barbara & Jon Swann David C. Talbert Mrs. Margaret Talmadge Howell Mrs. Inez Tanzola Mr. Eric Taylor Lawrence Thomas Ms. Nancy A. Thomas Mr. & Mrs. William R. Thurman, Jr. wolfgang tieke Dr. & Mrs. Joel D. Todino Ms. Elizabeth R. Trulock Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Tuller Mrs. Marjorie E. Vaught Mr. Bradley Vernatter Ms. Marylee Vetrano Mary Jane & Jorge Vilanova Mrs. Linda P. Vinal Ms. Laura P. Wagner Mrs. Rebecca Warner Mr. & Mrs. Stephen G. Warner Ms. Parsla A. Welch Anne G. Weltner Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. White Ms. Venette Williams Ms. Beth Williamson Ms. Ann D. Winters Mrs. Loretta C. Wolf Mrs. Mary S. Wright Dr. Edward Zaiko & Dr. Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko Kurt-Alexander Zeller Mr. & Mrs. John Zellner
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 $25,000+ Trimont Real Estate Advisors - Brian & Marie Ward $10,000+ Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters Republic National Distributing Co., Inc. PNC Wealth Management SAP Success Factors $5,000+ Anonymous Ad Graphics Affordable Equity Partners, Inc. Atlantic Trust Capital Group Companies 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.
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.
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FOUNDATIONS & GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOUNDATIONS $1,000,000+ Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation $850,000+ Robert W. Woodruff 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
$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
$20,000+ J. Marshall and Lucile G. Powell Charitable Trust The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Opera America, Inc.
GOVERNMENT FUNDING $20,000+ Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs National Endowment for the Arts
$10,000+ George M. Brown Trust Fund Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. Turner Broadcasting
$5,000+ Camp-Younts Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. Fraser-Parker Foundation JBS Foundation Nordson Corporate Foundation Norfolk Southern Corporation Foundation
$10,000+ 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. 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 *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 ADAMS Turknett Leadership Group Mr. Allen W. Yee Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland IN MEMORY OF MRS. BOYCE L. ANSLEY Milton J. Sams Mr. & Mrs. J. Barry Schrenk Ms. Laura S. Spearman Mr. Peter James Stelling Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland IN MEMORY OF ELEONORA MARGET BARSON Colonel & Mrs. John V. Barson, D.O. IN HONOR OF DR. HAROLD BRODY Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland IN HONOR OF ROSEMARY & JOHN BROWN Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland
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 JOANNE & ALEX GROSS Mr. Alle W. Yee IN MEMORY OF BETSY HANSEN Harald Hansen
IN MEMORY OF DR. JOSEPH & MRS. RUTH P. BARNETT Dr. Florence C. Barnett
IN MEMORY OF HARRIETT HARRIS Gary Hanson Ms. Freya Harris Dr. Dr. & Mrs. Stuart H. Silverman
IN MEMORY OF DR. JAMES W. BLAND, JR. Mr. & Mrs. J. Barry Schrenk Mr. Peter James Stelling Dr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Yuschok
IN MEMORY OF MR. & MRS. KENNETH BRYAN HORTON Drs. Morgan & Susan Horton Eiland
IN HONOR OF ANN & FRANK CRITZ Mr. Allen W. Yee IN HONOR OF BEN DAVIS Ms. Beth Hausmann IN HONOR OF MR. ROBERT P. DEAN Mr. Thomas J. Collins & Jeff Holmes Mr. Allen W. Yee
IN MEMORY OF MRS. THELMA DEAN Marianne Craft Rae & George Weimer
IN HONOR OF MARGARET TALMADGE HOWELL Dr. John W. Cooledge IN HONOR OF MR. WALTER HUFF Milton J. Sams IN HONOR OF MR. HOWARD W. HUNTER Mrs. Sarah Peck IN MEMORY OF MRS. KATHRYN H. HUTCHISON Mr. & Mrs. George A. Bird Mr. & Mrs. John H. Crawford Mr. & Mrs. Peter Howell Mr. & Mrs. Harrison Jones Mr. & Mrs. Jamces C. Kennedy Dr. Stuart J. Toporoff
IN HONOR OF MR. ALFRED D. KENNEDY Kay & Neil Hightower Mr. Allen W. Yee IN HONOR OF THE KEOUGH FAMILY Mr. Allen W. Yee IN MEMORY OF MR. CARL W. KNOBLOCH, JR. Rae & George Weimer Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland IN HONOR OF MR. GEORGE W. LEVERT Anno Hardage IN MEMORY HUGH & PAULA MARX Piedmont National Family Foundation IN MEMORY OF JANET MIDDLEBROOKS Mr. & Mrs. John Riley IN HONOR OF MR. JAMES B. MILLER, JR. John Pruit IN MEMORY OF KARINA MILLER Peggy & Jack McDowell IN HONOR OF MARY RUTH MCDONALD Mr. & Mrs. Duncan S. Gray Jr. IN HONOR OF PEGGY & JACK MCDOWELL Mrs. Enrique E. Bledel Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland IN HONOR OF POLLY PATER Mr. Johnny C. Johnson 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 Rise Pollard Suzanne & Mark Sykes Mrs. Marjorie E. Vaught Rae & George Weimer IN MEMORY OF MR. THOMAS H. TEEPEN Mr. & Mrs. David S. Baker IN HONOR OF BILL TUCKER Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland IN HONOR OF MRS. REBECCA WARNER Mr. Allen W. Yee IN HONOR OF CINDY WIDNER WALL 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 HONOR OF MRS. RAE WEIMER Mr. & Mrs. Montague L. Boyd IV IN MEMORY OF MARYA GABRIELLE WILLIAMS Jone Williams IN MEMORY OF MRS. LORAINE P. WILLIAMS Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. 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. Sutherland 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 *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
Mrs. 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
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. Gregory F. Johnson 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
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 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
Kevin Mynatt DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION Dave Smith DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL PRODUCTION Jody Cohen PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Brian August PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER RenÃ©e Varnas RESIDENT ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Justin Michel LIGHTING SUPERVISOR Christopher Dills RESIDENT SCENIC DESIGNER/PROPS COORDINATOR Joanna Schmink COSTUMES COORDINATOR Mary Torres FIRST HAND Abigail Polston CUTTER/DRAPER Alexandra M. Nattrass STITCHER Laura Elizabeth Payne STITCHER Emory Ann Tuttle STITCHER
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Inga V. Murro CONTROLLER Kenneth R. Timmons HUMAN RESOURCES & OFFICE MANAGER Ruth Strickland BOOKKEEPER 48
Rae Weimer DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Rachel Jorgensen DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS Daniel Britt MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER James Tyson ANNUAL FUND MANAGER Brandon Gardner PROJECT & EVENTS MANAGER Katie Lawrence DEVELOPMENT SERVICES & DATABASE MANAGER Ripple Alkire FOUNDATIONS & GRANTS MANAGER
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Holly Hanchey DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Scott Hazleton DIRECTOR OF MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS Renee Smiley SENIOR MANAGER, TICKETING SERVICES Matt Burkhalter CREATIVE SERVICES MANAGER Rebecca Danis MARKETING MANAGER
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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 $15. 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.
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