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One of the things I love about the opera business is its interconnectedness—opera professionals bump into each other all over the world. As a director, I see singers and designers that I’ve worked with in different operas, different cities, and different countries. Opera has a wonderful way of bringing people from diverse backgrounds together. This cast, for example, includes a Czech soprano who is making her American debut (Zusanna Marková), a Guatemalan tenor (Mario Chang) and an Argentine Baritone (Fabian Veloz). They are performing an Italian opera conducted by an American maestro. This interconnectedness expands beyond the international nature of our performers. This production of La traviata connects us to four different opera companies: Seattle, Washington National, Glimmerglass, and Indiana University. By co-producing, we pool resources to bring state-of-the-art productions to Atlanta. We are excited to bring you this world class production to close our 39th season, a season that was inspired by the Oscar Wilde quote: “the mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.” In that spirit, we’ve seen strong women stand by some incredibly flawed characters in Yardbird
and Dead Man Walking (both based on true stories). We’ve witnessed a contemporary setting of Romeo and Juliet (West Side Story), and experienced love and denial in Eugene Onegin. Last month, we staged a revival of our sold-out production Maria de Buenos Aires, which spins an intoxicating thread around consuming passions and the tango. And now, in this final production of the season, we turn to La traviata, possibly the most mind-blowing love story of all—what could be a greater testament to the power of love than a pure and selfless act? Our 40th anniversary season will explore a different side of love—dangerous liaisons. Frida takes us into the incendiary marriage of the iron-willed Frida Kalho and Diego Rivera. Puccini weaves an exquisite tapestry around Madama Butterfly’s courageous (and misplaced) devotion to her husband, while Richard Strauss leads us into Salome’s dangerous obsession with John the Baptist. The chamber opera, Glory Denied, gives us a riveting portrait of marriage and PTSD. George Gershwin folds the agony of love, addiction and a menacing rival into the irresistible “folk opera” Porgy and Bess. And to add a dose of levity to the season’s mix, we’ll bring you a Cinderella with attitude; you will laugh as she sweeps aside her dysfunctional family to claim her prince. Through all these shows, love is a constant. Yet each one takes us to an entirely different place. Love is a wild card, a condition which each of us understands. And nothing captures its power—in all its colors—better than the human voice. Thank you for coming to The Atlanta Opera. Please come again, and tell your friends about us.
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THE ATLANTA OPERA DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE Cathy & Mark Adams Mary Ruth McDonald Mr. & Mrs. Ronald R. Antinori Peggy Weber McDowell & Jack McDowell Nancy & *Jim Bland James B. Miller, Jr. - Fidelity Southern Mr. David Boatwright Victoria & Howard Palefsky Laura & Montague Boyd Mr. William Pennington Dr. Harold Brody & Mr. Donald Smith Jerry & Dulcy Rosenberg John & Rosemary Brown Mr. William F. Snyder Mr. & Mrs. John L. Connolly Judith & Mark Taylor Ann & Frank Critz Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor Martha Thompson Dinos Brian & Marie Ward John L. Hammaker Rhys T. & Carolyn Wilson Howard Hunter - Gramma Fisher Ms. Bunny Winter & Mr. Michael Doyle Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough The Mary & Charlie Yates Family Fund *Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. *deceased 6
CREDITS MUSIC Giuseppe Verdi LIBRETTO Francesco Maria Piave FIRST PERFORMANCE March 6, 1853, Teatro la Fenice, Venice CONDUCTOR Arthur Fagen, the Carl & Sally Gable Music Director PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Francesca Zambello ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Joshua Horowitz SCENIC DESIGNER Peter Davison COSTUME DESIGNER Jess Goldstein LIGHTING DESIGNER Mark McCullough WIG & MAKEUP DESIGNER James McGough ASSOCIATE SCENIC DESIGNER James Rotondo III ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER AJ Guban ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGNER Ben Rawson CHOREOGRAPHER Parker Esse ASSOCIATE CHOREOGRAPHER Andrea Beasom ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR/CHORUS MASTER Rolando Salazar SUPERTITLES Kelley Rourke CAST VIOLETTA VALÉRY Zuzana Marková ALFREDO GERMONT Mario Chang GIORGIO GERMONT Fabian Veloz FLORA BERVOIX Elizabeth Sarian* ANNINA Anna Koźlakiewicz* GASTONE Justin Stolz*
BARONE DOUPHOL Jonathan Bryan* MARCHESE D’OBIGNY Conor McDonald DR. GRENVIL Alan Higgs** GIUSEPPE Robert Banks MESSENGER Samuel Ferreira FLORA'S SERVANT Mitch Gindlesperger
MUSICAL PREPARATION Mauro Ronca* ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Conor Hanratty*† PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Brian August ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS Renée Varnas, Leslie Sears Performed in Italian with English supertitles Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes, including one intermission La traviata is a co-production of The Atlanta Opera, Washington National Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Seattle Opera, and Indiana University. *member of The Atlanta Opera Studio **alumnus of The Atlanta Opera Studio †The Jerry & Dulcy Rosenberg Young Artist Stage Director, given in honor of Tomer Zvulun 7
Washington National Opera's 2018 production of La traviata with Venera Gimadieva as Violetta and Joshua Guerrero as Alfredo. photo: Scott Suchman
At a party in Violetta’s salon, Flora, the Marquis, and the Baron arrive late, followed by Gastone and Alfredo. Gastone introduces Alfredo to Violetta and tells her that he visited her every day that she was ill. As all sit down to dinner, Gastone asks the Baron to propose a toast, but he refuses, while Alfredo accepts. Music is heard from another room and all are invited to dance. As the guests leave the room Violetta has a coughing attack. Alfredo remains behind and expresses his concern for Violetta’s health, proclaiming that only he truly loves her. Violetta can offer only friendship and suggests that he won’t find
it difficult to forget her. As he starts to leave, Violetta stops him and offers him a camellia inviting him to come back when the flower has faded. The guests reenter and bid good night. Confronted with the power of Alfredo's affection and commitment, Violetta considers if it is possible for someone like her to find true love. She dismisses the idea as ludicrous and proclaims she was meant for freedom and enjoyment. ACT II Alfredo and Violetta have lived together for three months in a country house outside Paris. Alfredo’s satisfaction comes from Violetta’s abandonment of
her former life as a courtesan to devote herself to him. Violetta’s maid, Annina, greets Alfredo, and he asks where she has been. Though she has been sworn to silence, she tells him she has been to Paris selling Violetta’s possessions. Alfredo resolves to fix the situation. He leaves, ordering Annina not to reveal his departure to her mistress. Violetta returns and receives an invitation from Flora to a party. Giuseppe then announces there is a gentleman to see her. The visitor reveals himself as Germont, Alfredo’s father. He is concerned that his daughter cannot marry into the family she has chosen unless Alfredo gives up this current life. Germont wants her to give up Alfredo completely. She refuses, explaining that she has no friends and no relatives. She
doesn’t have a lot of time left. Eventually she gives in and asks Germont not to allow Alfredo to curse her memory and to tell him of her sufferings. Violetta is writing a note as Alfredo enters. She hides the letter and Alfredo reveals that he is concerned that his father will visit them. Violetta confirms Alfredo’s love for her and runs out. Alfredo’s contentment is later disturbed when it is announced that Violetta has left for Paris and a letter is given to him that Violetta wrote earlier. He reads the letter and learns of Violetta’s abandonment. As he turns to leave he runs into his father. Germont tries to comfort his son who is now full of vengeance. He sees Flora’s invitation and realizes where Violetta has gone.
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Later, at a party in Floraâ€™s salon, the Marquis informs the Doctor and Flora that Alfredo and Violetta have split and that Violetta will be coming to the party with the Baron. A group of party ladies enter disguised as gypsies, singing about telling the future. A group of men enter, led by Gastone, disguised as matadors and picadors. They sing of a brave matador who faced five bulls in a single day to win the heart of a young lady. All are surprised as Alfredo enters. He starts to gamble at cards. Violetta enters with the Baron. The Baron sees Alfredo, points him out to Violetta and warns her not to talk to him. Violetta agrees. Alfredo keeps winning at cards and recklessly announces that with his winnings he will
go back to the country but not alone. The Baron challenges Alfredo to a card game. Alfredo wins. As supper is served, Violetta stays behind and asks Alfredo to slip away with her. She begs him to go away because he is in danger â€” the Baron might challenge him to a duel. He refuses unless she comes with him. She refuses, answering that she loves the Baron. Alfredo calls all the guests and humiliates Violetta by throwing the money he has won at her. The guests turn on him. Germont, who has arrived at the party and seen this display, asks if this is his son. Alfredo feels remorse immediately. Finally, the Baron challenges Alfredo to a duel for the offense as the other guests comfort Violetta.
photo: Scott Suchman
photo: Scott Suchman
ACT III Violetta is ill in her deserted home. When she awakens, she calls Annina, who apologizes for sleeping. Violetta wants to rise but she doesnâ€™t have the strength. The Doctor enters in time to help Violetta back to bed. He confides to Annina that Violetta has only hours to live. Violetta rereads a letter from Germont, which reveals that the Baron was wounded in a duel with Alfredo and that Germont has told his son everything about the departure of Violetta. Annina, hurrying into the room, prepares Violetta for a
surprise. Violetta guesses the secret as Alfredo enters. He is ready to take her to the country. She gets up and starts to dress but is too weak. The Doctor enters, followed by Germont. Violetta tells Germont and his son that they have come too late. She then gives a miniature to Alfredo in order that he will remember her. Violetta has a moment of remission â€” no pain, no heaviness and a resurgence of strength. She collapses, and as Alfredo holds her, she dies.
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traviata It. f. fallen woman Atlanta Opera's last production of La traviata in 2013 featured Mary Dunleavy as Violetta and Boris Rudak as Alfredo. In 2012 Dunleavy appeared in the movie "Lincoln" singing Marguerite from Faust. photo: Jeff Roffman
LOVE: THE ECSTASY AND THE BURDEN BY NOEL MORRIS
Last year, there were 867 performances of La traviata worldwide. It was by far the most performed opera. And with ravishing music amplifying a powerful, character-driven story, it’s no surprise. A hundred years ago, audiences most likely viewed Violetta Valéry as a disreputable woman who was curiously and uncomfortably compelling. For them, La traviata was a tale of redemption. Today, people admire Violetta. She has fortitude and an astonishingly benevolent spirit in the face of a nauseatingly hypocritical and unequal world. Viewed through either cultural lens, La traviata takes us into the human heart to pose some unsettling questions. 12
Anyone who’s read a Jane Austen novel or been captivated by “Downton Abbey” knows the dilemma of daughters born into wealthy families (at least until the mid-20th century). Due to the custom of primogeniture, girls were forbidden from inheriting money and property. They were not schooled to have a profession, but were encouraged to become “accomplished” by having a “thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages,” to quote Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Taking Austen’s point a step further, these so-called accomplished young woman were, in essence, groomed to “recommend themselves to the other sex.” For them, marriage was as much about securing a future, as it was about romance. Alternatives to married life included working as a governess or entering a convent.
Therein lies the dilemma of La traviata. One option ruins Violetta; the other ruins a girl we never meet (Alfredo’s sister). Of course, Giorgio Germont protects his own child. But make no mistake, both girls have attached their futures to men of means; it’s just that one of them would never be permitted to marry into a respectable family. In a cruel plot twist, La traviata turns the tables on Violetta. Alfredo has not yet come into his fortune— so they exhaust hers. THE DEMIMONDE Throughout 19th-century France, affluent members of the middle class asserted claims to the privileges and lifestyle of the nobility. In 1855, the playwright Alexandre Dumas fils coined the term demimonde, “half world,” (in opposition to le beau monde— high society), to describe a less-thanrespectable urban subculture in which powerful men lavished money, jewels, horses, and even houses upon glamorous female companions. While the French courtesan is often described as a “glorified prostitute,” it’s worth taking a closer look. The word “courtesan” dates back to the 16th century and refers to ladies of the court. Even then, these unmarried women had something of a noble bearing and education, which made them more compatible with the influential men they seduced. In the demimonde, it became an enterprise for the courtesan to not only master bedroom techniques, but to acquire foreign language skills, knowledge of politics and world events, and to supercharge Paris nightlife. (Proper wives stayed home.) The French courtesan hosted the most talked-about parties in
town. And through their enterprise, could amass a fortune to sustain themselves through retirement. MEET THE PARENTS Act I of La traviata delivers on so many levels: it has an infectious drinking song, a dazzling ode to untrammeled moxie, and a serenade to melt your heart (and Violetta’s). After the debauchery of Act I, the mood in Act II turns on a dime with the entrance of Giorgio Germont (if you ever attended a party that abruptly ended with the arrival of someone’s parents, this will look familiar). At first, Violetta opposes him—notice the way her music sounds so forbidding. But he wears her down until Verdi signals her acquiescence with a gut-wrenching duet. This duet is followed by one of the most heartbreaking farewells in all of opera. It’s a scene titled “Violetta,” scored with such elegance and beauty, you could almost miss the wallop that’s coming. In fact, Alfredo does miss it. (How often are we unaware when we’re saying our last goodbye?) At that moment, tremolos across the strings and timpani swell around a theme which echoes the overture. Violetta sings: “Love me, Alfredo, love me as much as I love you. Goodbye!” And in a wisp, their lives are changed forever. THE MESSAGE One reason La traviata has currency in our own time is that it exposes a classic struggle between the establishment and the “other.” Verdi, himself, was constantly rubbing against Italian censors. In fact, they pressured him to change the name of this opera from Amore e morte (Love and Death) to the more moralistic La traviata, which comes from the Italian verb traviare (to lead astray). 13
Verdi complied. Nevertheless, there is something seditious about this opera. Giorgio Germont is a meaty and believable father figure. When he asserts his right, as he sees it, to separate the worthy from the unworthy, he uses a playbook that could have come right out of 2019. He slut-shames Violetta for living in sin while deflecting blame from himself: “Young lady,” he sings, “it is God who inspires these words on a father's lips”—of course, the 1853 audiences knew that no bourgeois gentleman would have consented to a marriage between Alfredo and Violetta. At the same time, Germont is not immune to Violetta’s suffering, which casts him not in a compassionate light—but a cowardly one. Both Giuseppe Verdi and the man who authored this story had reason to sympathize with Violetta. Alexandre Dumas fils (the son of the man who wrote The Three Musketeers) was born out of wedlock and The Atlanta Opera's 2005 production of La traviata peformed at the Atlanta Civic Center with Jan Grissom as Violetta and Raúl Hernández as Alfredo. photo: Tim Wilkerson
was bullied as a bastard child. A youthful affair with a courtesan inspired young Dumas to write the novel and stage play La dame aux camélias, which served as a basis for La traviata. Like Violetta, Dumas’s real-life courtesan lover, Marie Duplessis, succumbed to consumption at the age of 23. In 1843, Verdi, who had suffered the loss of his wife and two children, began living with a famous soprano. A scandalous free spirit, Giuseppina Strepponi had her own money, and a brood of children born out of wedlock. When Verdi brought her to live in his hometown of Busseto, she was publicly shunned, causing great distress for the couple. In a letter to the father of his deceased wife, Verdi raged: “Who has the right to condemn us? . . . in my house she is entitled to as much respect, or more, as I am myself, and no one is allowed to forget this for any reason whatsoever; she has every right to it, as much for her dignity as for her intelligence and her unfailing graciousness to others.” Verdi saw Dumas’s play in 1852. La traviata followed in 1853. Based on a libretto by the composer’s longtime writing partner, Francesco Maria Piave, it was intended to be a contemporary story. “No wigs,” Verdi insisted, although he was overruled by local censors. (In their minds, the scandalous nature of the story required more distance; thus, the first productions were set—with powdered wigs—during the era of Louis XIV, ca. 1700.) The opera’s first run at La Fenice in Venice was not successful. Verdi tweaked the score and reintroduced La traviata the following year. In spite of multiple allowances made to censors across Europe, the show was a hit. Giuseppe and Giuseppina cohabited until 1859 when they finally married.
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CAST & CREATIVE ARTHUR FAGEN CARL & SALLY GABLE MUSIC DIRECTOR ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: LA TRAVIATA, 2005
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 Oper 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.
FRANCESCA ZAMBELLO PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: WEST SIDE STORY, 2018
An internationally recognized director of opera and theater, Francesca Zambello has staged productions at major theaters and opera houses in Europe and the United States. Collaborating with outstanding artists and designers she takes a special interest in producing theater and opera for wider audiences. She has been the General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival since 2010, and the Artistic Director of The Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center since 2012. She also served as the Artistic Advisor to the San Francisco Opera from 2005-2011, and as the Artistic Director of the Skylight Theater from 1987-1992. In her current roles at the Kennedy Center and The Glimmerglass Festival, she is responsible for producing 12 productions annually. She was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. She recently developed and directed the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier for the San Francisco Opera. Other projects include the first international production of Carmen to ever be presented at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing; the world premiere of An American Tragedy, Cyrano, and Les Troyens for the Metropolitan Opera; Carmen and Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House; Boris Godunov, War and Peace, Billy Budd, and William Tell at the Paris Opera; and The Ring for the San Francisco Opera. She has also served as a guest professor at Yale University and The Juilliard School and lives in New York and London. 16
JOSHUA HOROWITZ ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Originally from Old Bethpage, New York, Joshua earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State Univeristy of New York at Geneseo, his Master of Arts from Miami University of Ohio, and most recently his Master of Fine Arts in directing from Baylor University. While at Baylor he worked on productions such as Fiddler on the Roof, School for Wives, The Merry Wives of Windsor, King Lear, All My Sons, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and Wonderful Town, as well as staged productions of Jonna Adam’s new play World Builders and Helen Edmundson’s Anna Karenina. Past assistant director credits include, Florencia en el Amazonas, (Houston Grand Opera) La traviata (Washington National Opera), The Barber of Seville (The Glimmerglass Festival), Porgy and Bess (The Glimmerglass Festival), and The Elixir of Love (Finger Lakes Opera). Upcoming assistant directing credits include La traviata, (The Glimmerglass Festival), The Queen of Spades (The Glimmerglass Festival), and Porgy and Bess (Washington National Opera). He will also be serving as the associate director of Francesca Zambello’s production of The Barber of Seville at Minnesota Opera this fall. You can find out more about Joshua and his work by visiting his website, JoshuaRHorowitz.com.
PETER DAVISON SCENIC DESIGNER
ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: WEST SIDE STORY, 2018
Opera: Le nozze di Figaro (Vienna); Die Gezeichneten, Falstaff, and Die Schweigsame Frau (Zurich); Capriccio (Berlin and Torino); Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen, and Mary Stuart (ENO); Anna Bolena (Bayerische Staatsoper); Katya Kabanova (New Zealand); Mitridate Re Di Ponto (Salzburg); Manon Lescaut (Australia); The Rake’s Progress, Le nozze di Figaro, and Cyrano de Bergerac (Metropolitan Opera); The Queen of Spades (Royal Opera House); Guillaume Tell (Opera Bastille); Fidelio, Walküre, Porgy and Bess, Salome, Forza Del Destino (Washington); La bohéme (Royal Albert Hall); La Rondine (La Fenice); Cyrano de Bergerac (La Scala); Porgy and Bess (Chicago and San Francisco); Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffman (Beijing); Heart of a Soldier (San Francisco Opera); La traviata (Bolshoi Theatre); Two Women (San Francisco, Cagliari, Sardinia); Carmen (Salzburg); Porgy and Bess (Glimmerglass). Theater: The White Devil, Don Carlos, and The Duchess of Malfi (RSC); Bed, Le Cid, Copenhagen, Democracy, Afterlife (National Theatre); Medea, Hamlet, Deuce, Copenhagen, Democracy, Is He Dead, and Blithe Spirit (Broadway). Saint Joan (West End London). Musicals: Boy From Oz (Sydney), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK/USA tour, Broadway), Show Boat (Royal Albert Hall), Rebecca (Vienna, St Gallen and Stuttgart), Marie Antoinette (Bremen), Spiral (China), Show Boat (Lyric Opera Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and Dallas), Der Besuch der Alten Dame (Austria), Butterfly Princess (China), Artus, Don Camillo and Peppone, Matterhorn (St. Gallen), West Side Story (Houston). He won Best Designer at the 1994 Martini/TMA award for Medea and Saint Joan. 17
JESS GOLDSTEIN COSTUME DESIGNER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
New York credits include Jersey Boys, Disney’s Newsies, On The Town, The Rivals (2005 Tony Award), The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino (Tony nomination), Plenty with Rachel Weisz, Henry IV with Kevin Kline (Tony nomination), Proof, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Take Me Out, Tintypes, Buried Child, How I Learned To Drive, Stuff Happens, Dinner With Friends and The Mineola Twins (Lortel and Hewes Awards). His opera designs include Il trittico (Metropolitan Opera), Lucia di Lammermoor (Washington National Opera), Two Women and Heart of a Soldier (San Francisco Opera), The End of the Affair (Houston Grand Opera) and La traviata, Of Mice and Men, Agrippina and The Pirates of Penzance (NY City Opera and Glimmerglass). Jess has also designed for film and television, most notably A Walk on the Moon directed by Tony Goldwyn, The Substance of Fire with Sarah Jessica Parker and Talking With and Far East for PBS’ Great Performances. He is the 2015 recipient of the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he has been a professor in the design department since 1990. jess-goldstein.com
MARK McCULLOUGH LIGHTING DESIGNER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: WEST SIDE STORY, 2018
Mark has lit productions for the Vienna Staatsoper (Macbeth); Bolshoi Theatre (La traviata); the Metropolitan Opera (Le nozze di Figaro); the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing (The Tales of Hoffmann); La Scala (Cyrano de Bergerac); Madrid’s Teatro Real (Luisa Miller); Strasbourg's Opéra National du Rhin (The Beggar's Opera); The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (The Queen of Spades); Opera North (Eugene Onegin) as well as numerous productions with Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, The Dallas Opera, Glimmerglass, Canadian Opera Company, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, and San Francisco Opera, including the Ring Cycle directed by Francesca Zambello. Among his successes in theater have been the Broadway productions of Outside Mullingar; Jesus Christ Superstar (revival); After Ms. Julie, and The American Plan. International theater credits include Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre, London); Der Besuch Der Alten Dame (Ronacher Theatre, Vienna); Artus (St. Gallen, Switzerland); and Rebecca (St. Gallen, Switzerland and the Palladium Theatre, Stuttgart); the UK tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Future engagements include Norma at the Ópera Nacional de Chile; La traviata with Washington National Opera. 18
JAMES MCGOUGH WIG & MAKEUP DESIGNER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: TURANDOT, 2017
James is pleased to return to The Atlanta Opera. For the past 21 seasons, he has been the resident wig and makeup designer at the Virginia Opera. James is originally from Detroit, but his 30-year career has taken him to opera, theater, and dance companies across the United States.
PARKER ESSE CHOREOGRAPHER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
After performing on Broadway, in national tours, and regionally, Parker Esse followed his passion to the other side of the creative table as director and choreographer. He is the 2010 Helen Hayes Winner for Best Choreography for Arena Stage’s Oklahoma! He has served as director/choreographer for Crazy for You and West Side Story at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, and choreographer for Sondheim and Marsalis’ A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair directed by John Doyle at New York City Center Encores! and Jazz at Lincoln Center; Rags, A Wonderful Life, Fiddler on the Roof, The Most Happy Fella, and Carousel at Goodspeed Opera House; The Pajama Game, Carousel, Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof, Smokey Joe's Café, The Music Man, and The Light in the Piazza at Arena Stage; West Side Story at Signature Theatre; Little Shop Of Horrors and Bells Are Ringing at Berkshire Musical Theatre Festival; Me and My Girl, Sweet Charity and Guys and Dolls at Canada’s Shaw Festival. He served as associate choreographer for Broadway’s Finian’s Rainbow and A Tale of Two Cities; five New York City Center Encores! productions; OffBroadway’s Rated P for Parenthood; Pre-Broadway/National Tours of Hazel The Musical, Bull Durham, Follies, Lucky Guy, Dancing in the Dark, 101 Dalmatians - The Musical, and Mame. He is co-founder and artistic director of The Broadway Master Class Series and a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
ANDREA BEASOM ASSOCIATE CHOREOGRAPHER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Raised in Los Angeles, Andrea Beasom grew up in the classical music world performing alongside her parents at the LA Opera since the age of seven. She received her dance training from San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and went on to dance for three years with Alonzo King LINES Ballet Studio. She later received a degree in vocal performance from Mannes School of Music in NY. She has performed at the The Kennedy Center, Off-Broadway with Encores!, New York City Center, Pasadena Playhouse, in numerous operas at the Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, the Royal Opera House of Muscat, and in many commercial industrials for Sony, Puma, Moncler, and Microsoft. In addition to performing, she has received awards for both her dancing and choreography and has assisted and choreographed for many directors including opera director Francesca Zambello on The Little Match Girl Passions at The Glimmerglass Festival, and the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori's The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me at The Kennedy Center.
ROLANDO SALAZAR ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR/CHORUS MASTER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: LA TRAVIATA, 2013
Rolando Salazar is the Associate Conductor and Chorus Master 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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ZUZANA MARKOVÁ VIOLETTA VALÉRY ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Born in Prague, Zuzana Marková made her début at the age of sixteen as Frantiska in Burian’s Opera z Pouti at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, Czech Republic. Most recently, she has appeared with Opernhaus Zürich and Oper Frankfurt (I Puritani), Bolshoi Theatre, Teatro Massimo di Palermo and Opera di Firenze (La traviata), Teatro di San Carlo (Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze), Carlo Felice in Genoa and La Fenice (Lucia di Lammermoor), Oper Köln (Manon). Other highlights include the title role in Anna Bolena at Opéra Municipal de Marseille, Marianne in Les caprices de Marianne at Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Lucia di Lammermoor at Opéra Grand de Avignon and at Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, and Violetta at Teatro Lirico in Cagliari. She also appeared at Opéra de Reims, OpéraThéâtre de Metz-Métropole, Opéra de Tours, Festival della Valle d'Itria, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Opera Lübeck, Wexford Opera Festival. Other roles include Ismene (Alceste), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Miranda (La Donna Serpente), Inés (Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine), Elizabeth Zimmer (Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers), (Adès’ Powder her face), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Micaela (Carmen), Principessa di Navarra (Donizetti's Gianni di Parigi). Future plans include I Puritani at Opéra Royal de Wallonie and Die Zauberflöte at Los Angeles Opera.
MARIO CHANG ALFREDO GERMONT ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. In the 2018-19 season, he will sing Alfredo in La traviata, marking his debuts with both Washington National Opera and The Atlanta Opera. He returns to Oper Frankfurt for his role debut as Corrado in concert performances of Il Corsaro, and returns to Santa Fe Opera to reprise the role of Rodolfo in a new production of La bohème. In the 2017-18 season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and to Los Angeles Opera as Ismaele in Nabucco opposite Plácido Domingo. Operatic highlights from previous seasons include the role of Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Metropolitan Opera. With Oper Frankfurt, he sang Lenski in Yevgeny Onegin, Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, and Rodolfo in La bohème. He sang the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier at the Met under the baton of Edward Gardner, and with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, opposite Renée Fleming. Debuts from previous seasons include Rodolfo in La bohème with the Los Angeles Opera, and the Forth Squire in a new production of Parsifal with the Metropolitan Opera. He was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera and the Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School. Mr. Chang and his wife, soprano Maria José Morales, co-founded Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala – a young, fresh opera company whose goal is to make Guatemala a benchmark for opera throughout the world. 22
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FABIAN VELOZ GIORGIO GERMONT ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Argentine baritone Fabian Veloz made his professional debut in the South American premiere of Luis Bakalov’s opera Estaba la Madre at the Teatro Argentino in La Plata followed by Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Aveniva in Buenos Aires which earned him the ESTIMULO Award from the Music Critics Association of Argentina in 2009. Since then he has become one of the most important figures of his generation of the Argentinian lyric scene interpreting the main roles of his voice type in Don Pasquale, Carmina Burana, Il trovatore, Eugene Onegin, and La traviata at the Teatro Avenida; Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Faust, Tristan un Isolde, Francesa Da Rimini, I Pagliacci, Don Carlo, and Tosca at the Teatro Argentino. He frequently sang Tonio in I Pagliacci, Rodrigo in Don Carlos, and Scarpia in Tosca. Fabian Veloz made his Teatro Colon debut was as Germont in La traviata for the theatre’s centennial celebration and has since returned as both Paolo and Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, Foscari in I due Foscari, Carlo in La Forza del Destino, Iago in Otello, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, and Oedipe by Enescu. Other performances include Nabucco for his European debut in Croatia, Macbeth and Nabucco in Trieste, Black el Payaso and I Pacliacci in Madrid and Ezio in Attila, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde at the Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Black the Clown and Canio in I Pagliacci in Madrid.
ELIZABETH SARIAN FLORA BERVOIX
STUDIO ARTIST ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: DEAD MAN WALKING, 2019 Elizabeth Sarian, mezzo-soprano, is quickly gaining recognition for her unique timbre and versatility as a young mezzo-soprano. As an artist in residence, she also sang Olga (cover) in Eugene Onegin, and Rosina in the Studio Tour of The Barber of Seville. Ms. Sarian’s 2017-18 season included the title role in Massenet’s Cherubin with Peabody Opera, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Bel Cantanti Opera, and several concert and oratorio debuts including Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Ms. Sarian received her second Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was previously a Studio Artist with Central City Opera to cover Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen. Ms. Sarian is a recent graduate from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her Master of Music and Graduate Performance diploma. Recent role debuts with Peabody Opera have included Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel (cover) in Hansel und Gretel, Dorabella (cover) in Così fan tutte, and Third Lady in The Magic Flute. Originally from Long Island, she completed her undergraduate studies at Hofstra University. 24
ANNA KOŹLAKIEWICZ ANNINA
STUDIO ARTIST ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: DEAD MAN WALKING, 2019 Anna Koźlakiewicz is a young Polish soprano who began learning piano and voice at the Mława Conservatory of Music as a child. She received her Master of Music in vocal performance at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She was chosen to perform with the National Opera in Warsaw, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Collegium Nobilium, Amphitheater Bemowo, and Our Savior Jesus Christ Church. She performed the roles of Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Gianetta in L'elisir d’amore, Peaceblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Virtu in The Coronation of Poppea, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and the soprano part in Coronation Mass and Mass of the Children by J. Rutter. She also earned a bachelor's degree in art history at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. Other recent credits include Gilda and Manon in the IU Carol Vaness Opera Workshop productions, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the La Musica Lirica summer festival in Italy and the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in Prague and Salzburg during Prague Summer Nights International Festival. She also appeared with the Missouri Symphony singing the role of Musetta in La bohème and singing the role of Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with The Red River Lyric Opera.
JUSTIN STOLZ GASTONE
STUDIO ARTIST ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, 2017 Praised for his “effortlessly powerful” voice (The Chronicle Journal), Canadian tenor Justin Stolz is quickly establishing himself as an exciting young performer. A resident artist at The Atlanta Opera, he made a “rousing” (Opera News) professional debut last season as Der Steuermann in The Flying Dutchman. He has since appeared with the company as Tamino in the Studio Tour production of The Magic Flute and Le Remendado in Carmen. He spent the summer of 2018 as an apprentice artist with Santa Fe Opera, and returns to The Atlanta Opera as a resident artist this season, where he covered Lensky in Eugene Onegin. He will return to Santa Fe as an apprentice artist covering the role of Števa Buryja in Jenůfa. In prior seasons, Mr. Stolz has appeared as Don José in Carmen (Brott Music Festival, Indiana University Opera Theater), B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Indiana University Opera Theater), Mr. Owen in Postcard from Morocco (The Glenn Gould School), and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (The Glenn Gould School). He is a recent recipient of the first prize in The S. Livingston Mather Competition of Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Stolz is a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and The Royal Conservatory of Music (The Glenn Gould School). 25
JONATHAN BRYAN BARONE DOUPHOL
STUDIO ARTIST ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: DEAD MAN WALKING, 2019
Jonathan Bryan, a baritone from Dallas, holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Louisiana State University, and recently received his master's degree in music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with world-renowned baritone, Wolfgang Brendel. Jonathan has performed many leading operatic roles, including the title character in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Danilo in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Other roles include Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Owen Hart in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and Rambaldo in Puccini’s La Rondine. He has appeared as a concert soloist in works such as Haydn’s Missa in angustiis, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and sang with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. He is a former member of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, and spent the summer of 2018 as a young artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, where he covered Eric Owens as the Forester in a new production of Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, and the role of Lieutenant Gordon in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night. This season, Jonathan will perform Zaretsky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Barone Douphol in Verdi’s La traviata.
CONOR McDONALD MARCHESE D’OBIGNY ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT
Baritone Conor McDonald recently returned to The Glimmerglass Festival in the role of Ponchel in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night to critical acclaim. His 2018-19 season brings exciting debuts with the New York City Ballet for Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes and Anchorage Opera as Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore. Additional upcoming engagements include Merlin in Gluck’s L’île de Merlin with Wolf Trap Opera, as well as his Austin Opera debut in Rigoletto. He was recently heard as the Traveler in Britten’s Curlew River with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As a member of the Sandford Studio Artist Program at Kentucky Opera, McDonald sang Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Pish-Tush in The Mikado, and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. Additional highlights include Ike Skidmore in Oklahoma! with The Glimmerglass Festival, Hercules in Hercules vs. Vampires and Elder McLean in Susannah with Nashville Opera, Cardinal and Priest in Glass’ Galileo Galilei with Des Moines Metro Opera, Dandini in Opera Iowa’s traveling production of La Cenerentola, and Junius in The Rape of Lucretia with CUNY Queens. At the Tanglewood Music Center, he has appeared in several recitals presenting works by Ravel, Schumann, Dessau, Mussorgsky, and Berlioz. A Minneapolis native, he holds bachelor's degrees in vocal performance and art history from Northwestern University and a Master of Music in voice and opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. 26
ALAN HIGGS DR. GRENVIL
STUDIO ARTIST ALUMNUS ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 2014
In the 2018-19 season, American bass-baritone Alan Higgs begins his second year as a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where his assignments include The King in Cendrillon and the Second Trojan Man in Idomeneo, as well as La bohème, La traviata, and Ariodante. Last season with the Ryan Center, he was heard as Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Gualtiero Valton in I Puritani, among other assignments. He made his debut with Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist for their 60th anniversary season, where he performed the role of Jose Castro in La fanciulla del West and covered roles in Vanessa and Capriccio. While at Santa Fe, he received the Katharine Mayer Award for his outstanding performance as a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice. Additional notable engagements include Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette with The Atlanta Opera, Raphael in Haydn’s Creation with the Georgia State Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance in The Atlanta Opera Studio tour. In the 2016-17 season he was a Studio Artist with the Atlanta Opera. He made his professional debut with The Atlanta Opera in 2014 as the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly. In the fall of 2015 he returned to The Atlanta Opera performing the dual roles of Benoît and Alcindoro in La bohème. Mr. Higgs has enjoyed considerable success as a young artist. He is the recipient of the 2016-17 Sullivan Foundation Award and was a Semifinalist of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
CHORUS SPOTLIGHT CHRISTOPHER HAWKINS, BASS THE ATLANTA OPERA: What is your vocal part, and how long have you sung with The Atlanta Opera Chorus? CHRIS HAWKINS: I am a bass, and this year marks 30 years in The Atlanta Opera Chorus! I have participated in 85 productions with the chorus with this La traviata being the 76th mainstage production. TAO: Where did you grow up and how did you get into music? CH: I am a rare breed: I’m an Atlanta native and I’ve lived here all my life. I attended my first opera at age 8. It was a Met Opera tour matinee of The Barber of Seville. I wasn't too impressed with the comedy (don't ask me why), but when I saw Madama Butterfly the next year, I was hooked. I played the violin in school but was too shy to sing. As a freshman at Georgia State I volunteered to work backstage at an opera for the School of Music and loved it so much, I transferred and began studying with Peter Harrower. It was a late start but here I am 35 years later. TAO: Tell us some interesting performance stories. CH: Scary: My audition for Georgia State. After MANY runs to the restroom due to nerves, I was shaking so badly when I was singing, I could hardly stand up. Mr. Harrower thought it was funny – me not so much (at the time).
Funny 1: The false start at the opening of one of the acts of Manon at the Fox Theatre. We had just started to sing when Maestro Scott suddenly stopped conducting
Christopher in the Atlanta Opera's 1993 production of Macbeth at Symphony Hall. photo: Chris Hawkins
and stood there looking up. We looked up to see the fire curtain drifting in (there was no fire – it was accidentally triggered), so we reset and started over. Funny 2: As Di Luna was manhandling Azucena in a performance of Il trovatore, her wig got tangled in the buttons of his costume and as he threw her to the ground off it came! We've always been told not to leave stuff lying on the stage, so since I was the last soldier off at the end of the scene, I scooped it up and exited with said mass of curls. Embarrassing: Falling flat on my face during a performance of The Pearl Fishers. Enough said. TAO: What do you do when you're not singing? CH: I'm in transition right now. I spent the last couple of years as care giver for the conclusion of my mother's wonderful 94-year life and now I'm figuring out what's next. TAO: Besides classical, what other genres of music do you like? CH: I enjoy a wide variety of music. Oldies from the 40s, 50s, and 60s are always fun. TAO: If you had to be another voice part, what would it be, and why? CH: Probably soprano. They get such great stuff to sing and so much variety. Verdi didn't forget us basses but Mr. Puccini didn't have much time for us. TAO: What are your favorite musical moments in La traviata, and what should audiences listen for?
CH: La traviata is a favorite for many opera lovers, including me, and it is beautiful from the first note to the last. Beyond all, the beloved arias, the scene between Violetta and Germont at the country house is very lovely and moving. For the chorus, my favorite moment is our response to Alfredo after he "repays" Violetta by flinging money at her at Flora's ball – both fun and powerful. TAO: What is your all-time favorite Atlanta Opera moment? CH: After thirty years of wonderful moments, that is an impossible question to answer; but one that comes to mind was the opportunity to sing the riddle scene from Turandot with Dame Gwyneth Jones at the 1996 Olympic Gala. She was really on that night and blew everyone away with "In Questa Reggia" and we wholeheartedly joined her for the riddle scene – an amazing experience! TAO: Any advice for young singers? CH: My advice would be to work hard, be professional, and have fun. The reality is that you might get to be the next Pavarotti or Leontyne, but maybe you won't. There is so much more to a career than talent, and if it doesn't happen, it doesn't mean you weren't good enough or didn't try hard enough; maybe God just has a different plan for you. So, in the meantime ... ENJOY! TAO: Where do you hope to see The Atlanta Opera in 30 years? CH: I hope to see The Atlanta Opera (and opera in general) going strong and continuing to give life to the centuries of beautiful music for new generations of music lovers. 29
THE ATLANTA OPERA CHORUS CHORUS MASTER Rolando Salazar
CHORUS MEMBERS SOPRANO
Amy Chastain Melissa Godbee Valerie Hamm Afton Herring Jessie Lane Hallie Skelton Eva Sullivan Amber Tittle Jessica Wax
Robert Banks Ramon Centeno James Douglas William Green Grant Jones John Harr William McChriston Daniel Weisman
August Bair Jarius Cliett Christopher S. Connelly Samuel Ferreira Mitch Gindlesperger Christopher Hawkins Samy Itskov Timothy Marshall Sheldon Michael Taylor Miller
SUPERNUMERARIES Nicholas Baggarley Meredith Bennett Ashton Carter Angela Hardeman Barry Hopkins
Priscilla Curtis Rebekah Diaddigo Ayana DuBose 30
Kate Doriot Kelsey Fredriksen Nicole Lewis Natalie Rogers Yilam Sartorio Rebecca Shipley Jeanette Simpson Amy Smithwick Tiffany Uzoije Carrie Anne Wilson
Jerry Hunter Jonathan McCullum Mary Beth Morrison Kristian Rodriguez Kathleen Seconder
Jessica Steele David Van Mersbergen Spiro Winsett Lynn Wood Beck
Imani Joseph Dane Leanna Gwynn Root
Rachel Shiffman Veronica Silk
THE ATLANTA OPERA ORCHESTRA VIOLIN
Peter Ciaschini The Loraine P. Williams Orchestra Concertmaster Chair Helen Kim Assistant Concertmaster Fia Durrett Principal Second Adelaide Federici Assistant Principal Second Edward Eanes Felix Farrar Sally Gardner-Wilson Robert Givens
Hilary Glen Assistant Principal
Charae Krueger Principal
Mary Kenney Grace Sommer
Lyn DeRamus Principal Emory Clements
Lisa Morrison Shawn Pagliarini Virginia Respess-Fairchild Patrick Ryan Angele Sherwood-Lawless Qiao Solomon Jessica Stinson Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum
William Johnston Principal Elizabeth Derderian-Wood Assistant Principal
TRUMPET Yvonne Toll Principal
Jason Eklund Principal (Acting)
James Zellers Principal Kelly Bryant
Mark McConnell Principal Marc Boehm Edmon Nicholson Richard Brady Bass Trombone
PERCUSSION Michael Cebulski Principal
Diana Dunn Principal
John Lawless Principal
CLARINET David Odom Principal John Warren
BASSOON Ivy Ringel Principal
Susan Brady Principal
PERSONNEL MANAGER Mark McConnell
Debby Grove John Grove
Josiah Coe Karl Schab Joli Wu Meghan Yost
Musicians employed in this production are represented by the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour performance of The Barber of Seville at the Historic Fourth Ward Park in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta. photo: John Becker
OPERA FOR EVERYONE! BY JESSICA KIGER, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION MANAGER
A core mission of The Atlanta Opera is to provide educational opportunities for students of all ages â€“ we believe opera is for everyone! Each year, we serve approximately 20,000 students in MetroAtlanta and throughout the state of Georgia. Our programs seek to promote an enduring appreciation of opera and to create audiences for the future. We are committed to higher levels of learning and programming that fosters crosscurricular connections. Founded in 1980, The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour is the companyâ€™s longestrunning educational initiative. Over the past 39 years, hundreds of thousands of students throughout the state have been 32
introduced to opera in their schools through the Studio Tour and we are excited to continue to expand the program. Designed to travel, these flexible productions are presented in schools and community venues around the Metro Atlanta area and throughout the state of Georgia each year. Teachers are provided with a comprehensive education guide to use in their classrooms as they prepare students for the opera experience. The Atlanta Opera Study Guides feature information about each opera including synopsis and composer information, as well as cross-curricular lesson plans and activities corresponding to the Georgia Standards of Excellence. This season, The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour presents a bilingual version of
Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Opera’s most famous barber, Figaro, plays the role of translator as Rossini’s sparkling, witty score takes center stage. Created by stage director Kristine McIntyre, the 45-minute adaptation is performed in both Spanish and English and demonstrates the power of love to triumph over adversity of every kind. The sold-out tour will have a total of over 70 performances at schools and community centers across Georgia, and will reach over 14,000 students. Don’t miss a special opportunity to bring the whole family to see Rossini’s The Barber of Seville on May 18 and 19, 2019, at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs. More information and tickets available at atlantaopera.org/community.
For next season’s Studio Tour, we are excited to present a new version of Humperdinck’s enchanting fairytale Hansel and Gretel. Adapted by stage director and Studio Artist alumna Brenna Corner, the 2019-20 Studio Tour features a new interactive version where students are invited to take centerstage alongside Atlanta Opera artists. Sung in English, the Studio Tour will travel across the state of Georgia for twelve weeks. Through the Atlanta Opera Studio Tour and our other educational programs, we hope to inspire young people of today to become opera lovers of tomorrow. Learn more about these education and community programs by visiting us at atlantaopera.org/education.
photo: John Becker
ANNUAL GIVING We are grateful for the following donorsâ€™ generous support. This list reflects gifts and pledges to unrestricted operating expenses, special projects, and/or endowment made between Aug., 2017, through Feb. 28, 2019. DIRECTOR'S CIRCLE $1,000,000+ John & Rosemary Brown Ann & Frank Critz
Mr. William E. Pennington Mr. William F. Snyder Brian & Marie Ward
$500,000+ Peggy Weber McDowell & Jack McDowell
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$200,000+ Anonymous *Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Mr. Howard W. Hunter - Gramma Fisher Foundation Jerry & Dulcy Rosenberg Harold Brody & Donald Smith $100,000+ Mr. & Mrs. Ronald R. Antinori Martha Thompson Dinos $50,000+ Nancy & *Jim Bland The Laura & Montague Boyd Foundation John L. Hammaker Mary & E.P. Rogers Foundation, Inc. Judith & Mark Taylor Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor Rhys T. & Carolyn Wilson Ms. Bunny Winter & Mr. Michael Doyle The Mary & Charlie Yates Family Fund $25,000+ Cathy & Mark Adams Mr. David Boatwright Mr. & Mrs. John L. Connolly Carl & Sally Gable Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Gross Mr. Kevin Kelly Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough Mary Ruth McDonald Mr. James B. Miller, Jr. Victoria & Howard Palefsky 34
GOLD $10,000+ Anonymous Mr. & *Mrs. Shepard B. Ansley Bryan & Johanna Barnes Dr. Florence C. Barnett Mr. & Mrs. Dante Bellizzi Mr. & Mrs. Andy Berg Ms. Janine Brown & Mr. Alex J. Simmons, Jr. Mr. Mario Concha *Heike & Dieter Elsner Ms. Rebecca Y. Frazer & Mr. Jon Buttrey Mr. L. D. Holland William & Debbie Hyde Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Klump Ms. Carla Knobloch Dr. & Mrs. James Lowman Mr. Thomas & Mrs. Eleanor Ratchford, Jr. Drs. Aileen & Richard Robinson Mr. Charles Sharbaugh Mr. & Mrs. Timothy E. Sheehan
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Robert L. Jeffrey Cliff Jolliff & Elaine Gerke Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich Ms. Eleanor Kinsey Joan & Arnold Kurth Brenda Lawrence Chris & Jill Le Juliette & Andrew Lebor Sophie Li Livvy Kazer Lipson Alex Livingston Richard Lodise & Valerie Jagiella Dr. Robert & Judge Stephanie Manis Samantha & William Markle Mr. Stedman C. Mays, Jr. & Mr. Charles Bjorklund Mr. Frank M. Monger Mortimer Family Jane & Jim Murray Barbara & Mark Murovitz Denis Ng Ms. Nancy W. Noe *Mr. & Mrs. William A. Parker George Paulik Ms. Sandra Perkowitz Mr. Daniel V. Pompilio III & Mrs. Lark Ingram Mrs. Karin Radosta Ward Reed Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Dr. & Mrs. Stanley J. Smits Gail & Barry Spurlock Dr. Susan Y. Stevens Judge Mike & Mrs. Jane Stoddard Steve & Christine Strong Dr. & Mrs. Michael Szikman Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor Ms. Virginia S. Taylor Dr. & Mrs. James H. Venable Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Walden Mrs. Jody Collins Weatherly Mr. James Weis Jone Williams Sherrilyn & Donn Wright Mr. Allen W. Yee
CONTRIBUTOR $250+ Anonymous Dr. Raymond Allen Paula Stephan Amis Charles Arp Mrs. Elizabeth Bair Mr. David Baker Mr. & Mrs. Harris P. Baskin Ms. Susan H. Branch Mr. Paul Brenner Ms. Melodye G. Brown Dr. Christine Bruno Mark & Peg Bumgardner Mr. & Mrs. George Cemore Lori & David Chastain Dr. Earle D. Clowney Mr. N. Jerold Cohen & Ms. Andrea Strickland Mr. & Mrs. Charles Cohn Mrs. Claudia Colvin Carol Comstock & Jim Davis Mr. David D'Ambrosio Dr. & Mrs. Albert De Chicchis Denis & Sandra DuBois Mr. Mark du Mas Ms. Paula L. Ellis Mrs. Arnoldo Fiedotin Ms. Martha Fineman Col. & Mrs. Donald M. Gilner Ms. Sharon E. Hill Mrs. Margaret Talmadge Howell Ms. Jan W. Hughen Mr. Scott Ingram Stuart Jackson & Robyn Jackson Ms. Brenda D. Jennings Mr. Johnny C. Johnson Mr. Richard P. Johnson Robert & Barbara Jackson Mr. & Mrs. Edward Katze Mr. & Mrs. Larry C. Keister Mr. & Mrs. Fred R. Keith John & JoAnn Keller Dr. Rose Mary Kolpatzki Ms. Leslie Leland Mrs. Dale Levert & Mr. George W. Levert Mrs. Jeanine Lewis 37
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BARBARA D. STEWART LEGACY SOCIETY The Atlanta Opera established the Barbara D. Stewart Legacy Society to recognize donors who have designated The Opera as a beneficiary in their estate plan. In honor of Barbara D. Stewartâ€™s many contributions to The Atlanta Opera, our planned giving division, the Encore Society, has been renamed the Barbara D. Stewart Legacy Society. Anonymous Cathy Callaway Adams & Mark Adams 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 *Mrs. Alfred D. Kennedy, Sr. *Mrs. Isabelle W. Kennedy Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough
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IN HONOR OF MR. & MRS. ARTHUR FAGEN 73-'74 Chi O's IN HONOR OF MR. LANCE FORTNOW Annie Fortnow
IN MEMORY OF ELEONORA MARGET BARSON Colonel & Mrs. John V. Barson, D.O.
IN MEMORY OF ULF-DEITER FILIPP Ms. Kaaren Nowicki
IN HONOR OF DR. HAROLD BRODY Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland
IN HONOR OF JOANNE & ALEX GROSS Mr. Allen W. Yee
IN HONOR OF ROSEMARY & JOHN BROWN Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland
IN MEMORY OF HARRIETT HARRIS Gary Hanson Ms. Freya Harris Dr. & Mrs. Stuart H. Silverman
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IN HONOR OF MR. & MRS. ALLAN LITTLE III Kristin Whatley
IN MEMORY OF MRS. ELEANOR H. STRAIN Mr. Vernon Norris
IN HONOR OF MR. WILLIAM A. MARKLE Anonymous
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IN HONOR OF MRS. REBECCA WARNER Mr. Allen W. Yee
IN MEMORY OF KARINA MILLER Peggy Weber McDowell & Jack McDowell
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FOUNDATIONS & GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOUNDATIONS $1,000,000+ Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
GOVERNMENT FUNDING $20,000+ Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs National Endowment for the Arts
$850,000+ Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
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$225,000+ Livingston Foundation $50,000+ Atlanta Music Festival Association The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. The Sara Giles Moore Foundation The Zeist Foundation $20,000+ The Roy and Janet Dorsey Foundation J. Marshall and Lucile G. Powell Charitable Trust The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Opera America, Inc. $10,000+ George M. Brown Trust Fund Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust Norfolk Southern Corporation Foundation Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. David, Helen, & Marian Woodward Fund $5,000+ Camp-Younts Foundation Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. Fraser-Parker Foundation JBS Foundation Nordson Corporate Foundation $1,000+ Bright Wings Foundation Enterprise Holdings Foundation Hills Family Foundation Kiwanis Foundation of Atlanta, Inc. Mary Brown Fund of Atlanta, Georgia Piedmont National Family Foundation Publix Super Markets Charities
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
MEMBERS Ms. Elizabeth Adler Mr. Bryan H. Barnes Mr. Dante Bellizzi Mr. Montague L. Boyd, IV Dr. Harold Brody Mrs. Rosemary Kopel Brown Mr. Frank Butterfield 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
HONORARY MEMBERS Mrs. Nancy Carter Bland The Very Reverend Samuel G. Candler Mr. Carl I. Gable, Jr. Mrs. Nancy Hall Green Mr. Gregory F. Johnson Mr. Carter Joseph Mr. Alfred Kennedy, Jr. Mr. Michael Keough Mrs. Emily Knobloch
Mr. Howard W. Hunter Mr. Kevin Kelly 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. Paul Snyder Mr. William F. Snyder Mrs. Christine St.Clare Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr. Mrs. Marie Ward Ms. Bunny Winter
Mr. George Levert Mrs. Peggy Weber 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 *deceased
STAFF EXECUTIVE Tomer Zvulun CARL W. KNOBLOCH, JR. GENERAL & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Micah Fortson MANAGING DIRECTOR
ARTISTIC Arthur Fagen CARL & SALLY GABLE MUSIC DIRECTOR Lauren Bailey DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION Rolando Salazar ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR / CHORUS MASTER Wade Thomas ARTISTIC SERVICES & STUDIO MANAGER Mark McConnell ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL MANAGER Katie Lawrence ARTISTIC COORDINATOR & ORCHESTRA LIBRARIAN Jessica Kiger AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION MANAGER Alexandria Sweatt EDUCATION COORDINATOR
PRODUCTION Kevin G. Mynatt DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION Alix Strasnick TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Joshua Jansen ASSOCIATE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Jody A. Cohen PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Brian August PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER RenÃ©e Varnas RESIDENT ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Justin Michel LIGHTING SUPERVISOR Kelsey Bailey PROPERTIES COORDINATOR Joanna Schmink COSTUME DIRECTOR Mary Torres WORK ROOM MANAGER Laura Elizabeth Payne STITCHER Emory C. Tuttle STITCHER Daniella Ampudia FITTING ASSISTANT/STITCHER Amy Fortenberry STITCHER
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Kathy J. White DIRECTOR OF FINANCE Inga V. Murro CONTROLLER Kenneth R. Timmons HUMAN RESOURCES & OFFICE MANAGER Chamberlynn Shelton EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Ruth Strickland BOOKKEEPER 48
DEVELOPMENT Amy Davis ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Rachel Jorgensen DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS James Tyson INDIVIDUAL GIVING MANAGER Sandy Feliciano EVENTS & VOLUNTEER MANAGER Liz Root DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Holly Hanchey DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Rebecca Danis ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Renee Smiley SENIOR MANAGER, TICKETING SERVICES Matt Burkhalter CREATIVE SERVICES 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 $10 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.
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• 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.
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Coat check is available at the concierge desk.
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Elevators are located on each side of the lobbies on all levels.
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In this issue, The Atlanta Opera's "La traviata" takes the stage once again to tell the story of love and marriage entangled in a web of soc...
Published on Apr 17, 2019
In this issue, The Atlanta Opera's "La traviata" takes the stage once again to tell the story of love and marriage entangled in a web of soc...