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THE SECRET GARDENER CREDITS MUSIC Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart LIBRETTO Ranieri de’ Calzabigi FIRST PERFORMANCE Jan. 13, 1775, at the Salvator Theater in Munich

MUSIC DIRECTOR Geoffrey McDonald STAGE DIRECTOR Eric Einhorn COSTUME DESIGNER Beth Goldenberg SCENIC DESIGNER Christopher S. Dills SOUND CONSULTANTS Sound Associates ENGLISH TRANSLATION Kelley Rourke ORCHESTRATION Yoni Khan & Thomas Carroll

CAST SANDRINA Ashley Kerr SERPETTA Alisa Jordheim ARMINDA Maeve Höglund RAMIRO Kristin Gornstein BELFIORE Spencer Viator PODESTA Jonathan Blalock NARDO Jorell Williams

STAGE MANAGER Lauren Moriah Stern ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Katy Herman

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photo: Fay Fox | costumes: Beth Goldenberg

SYNOPSIS

In the garden of his mansion where both Sandrina (the noble Violante in disguise) and Nardo are hard at work, the Podestà appears followed by Cavalier Ramiro and Serpetta. They express their delight in the nice day, but only in jest so as not to show their true feelings of sadness. Sandrina is the former lover of Belfiore, who previously stabbed her and left her for dead, and now, in fact, lives in the same village. The Podestà is in love with his gardener, Sandrina, but she does not share his affections. Serpetta is in love with Nardo, but despite teasing and flirting with him, she does not return his gestures of love. Ramiro has just come out of a relationship with Arminda, who tossed him aside. Serpetta is angry at Sandrina for choosing not to love the Podestà. Finally, when he is alone with Sandrina, the Podestà confesses his love to Sandrina. She kindly lets him down, telling him she does not love him. 10

As a result of an arranged marriage, Arminda’s fiancé, Count Belfiore, arrives at the Podestà’s estate. When he meets Arminda for the first time, he is taken aback by her beauty. She immediately lets him know that she is a force with which to be reckoned, but Belfiore happily accepts her proclamation as a challenge. While conversing in the gardens, Arminda mentions her engagement to Belfiore (Sandrina’s former lover) in passing to Sandrina. Sandrina cannot believe it, and faints upon hearing the news. Arminda scrambles to her aid and leaves Belfiore in charge when he enters the gardens so that she can search for help. When Arminda comes back to the garden, she runs into Ramiro and neither of them are sure of what to say to one another. Sandrina awakens, only to find herself looking into the eyes of her former lover, Belfiore. The Podestà enters the garden and is confused


SYNOPSIS by what he sees. After demanding an explanation, no one can seem to sort out their thoughts. Sandrina is hesitant to reveal her true identity, and Arminda suspects that she is being deceived. The Podestà concludes that Serpetta must be the cause of the confusion, but he is quick to point the blame to Sandrina. Meanwhile, Ramiro is the only one certain of his own situation, and that is the fact that Arminda does not have any feelings for him remaining in her heart. Lost in thought, Belfiore mumbles to himself that he cannot find peace now that he has found his lost love, Violante. Soon thereafter, Sandrina walks into the garden. Nearly blowing her cover, she shouts at him for deserting her in the past. Belfiore is relieved that she really is his lost love. Sandrina quickly regains composure and tells him that she is not Violante, but rather her friend. She explains she was only stating Violante’s dying words. Despite the facts she is feeding him, Belfiore is enraptured by her — to him she shares the face of his former love. Ramiro finds Arminda in the garden and scolds her. As they argue, Ramiro shouts that he will enact his revenge on Count Belfiore, but is interrupted by the Podestà. Arminda begs her uncle for permission to marry Belfiore, while Ramiro asks him to order Arminda to marry him. The Podestà is tired of all the drama and tells him to do what they want as long as they leave him alone. Arminda rejects Ramiro again and leaves the garden. Dejected, Ramiro gives up and concedes to the fact that he’ll never be able to love another woman and swears that he’ll die alone in misery.

Elsewhere in the garden, Belfiore confronts Sandrina one last time, and she finally admits to him that she is truly Violante. However, she tells him that she no longer loves him. Sad, but content to have her answer, he can finally leave without any doubts. After separating for just a few short minutes, neither of them can be apart after all, and they end up in each other’s arms again. Arminda gives in to Ramiro and agrees to marry him, while Serpetta accepts Nardo’s advances. The Podestà accepts his fate of being alone for the time being, but remains hopeful that another Sandrina will cross his path.

rendering: Costume Designer, Beth Goldenberg

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CAST & CREATIVE ASHLEY KERR SANDRINA ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT

Praised for her “plush and seductive” tone, soprano Ashley Kerr debuted as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Salt Marsh Opera and the soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. In the fall of 2014, Ms. Kerr made her Lincoln Center debut in concert with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Eve Queler at Alice Tully Hall. In 2013, Ms. Kerr sang the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in the United States and Tel Aviv, Israel. In October 2012, Ms. Kerr made her European debut as Sally Follett in A Death in the Family in an award-winning joint production with the Center for Contemporary Opera and the Armel Festival. During the 2012 Fort Worth Opera Festival season, Ms. Kerr triumphed as Myrrhine in its production of Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata. Ms. Kerr has been involved in the workshops and premieres of many new works, including Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls, Stephen Schwartz’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon, and Persis Parshall Vehar’s Eleanor Roosevelt. Ms. Kerr has received awards from various competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Licia AlbanesePuccini Foundation, and the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition.

ALISA JORDHEIM SERPETTA ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT

Soprano Alisa Jordheim is described as “vocally resplendent,” “powerful,” and possessing “impeccable coloratura” (San Francisco Chronicle). Some of Ms. Jordheim’s recent performances include Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites with Caramoor; Lola in the world premiere of Aldridge’s Sister Carrie; Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro; Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring; and Frasquita in Carmen with Florentine Opera; Satirino in La Calisto, the Page in Rigoletto, and Zweite Knabe in Die Zauberflöte with Cincinnati Opera; Marzelline in Fidelio with Madison Opera; Micaëla in Carmen in Concert with the Columbus Symphony; Nannetta in Falstaff with Emerald City Opera; and soprano soloist in Torke’s Book of Proverbs with the Grant Park Music Festival. Ms. Jordheim is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program, Central City Opera Young Artist Program, Florentine Opera Studio, and the University of Cincinnati CCM. She is the recipient of a 2016 Sullivan Foundation Award, two-time winner of the Wisconsin District MONC Auditions, winner of the Bel Canto Regional Artists Competition, second-place winner of the Classical Singer Competition, and a Fulbright Scholar and American Scandinavian Foundation fellow, having studied Scandinavian song and diction in Norway. 12


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CAST & CREATIVE MAEVE HÖGLUND ARMINDA ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT

The New York Times praised soprano Maeve Höglund as “a striking soprano” and one who “stands out among singers.” Her engagements in the 2016-17 season include her role debut as Musetta in La bohème with Charleston Opera; and Margaret Hughes in the New York premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players with Little Opera Theatre of New York. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Höglund debuted with PORTOpera as Frasquita in Carmen, and Long Beach Opera in Veldhuis’ The News. In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Höglund sang Giunia in Lucio Silla with Chicago Opera Theater, and Carmina Burana with Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She recently sang Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Sarasota Opera; made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in the premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Blizzard Voices with Oratorio Society of New York; and she sang Sister in Kurt Weill’s The Protagonist with Fire Island Opera Festival. Previously with Gotham Chamber Opera she performed Atilia in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo. She met with great success as Dafne in Apollo e Dafne with Pocket Opera; Rose in The Clever Mistress and Lucrezia in My Last Duchess with Cutting Edge Opera; and Mozart’s Requiem with the American Classical Orchestra. Her recordings include Stefan Weisman’s opera Darkling (Albany Records) and the complete vocal works of Victor Herbert (New World Records).

KRISTIN GORNSTEIN RAMIRO ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT

Kristin Gornstein, mezzo soprano, sings with some of the most exciting and innovative companies in the classical world in cities throughout the United States and beyond. Hailed as, “rich-voiced” (The New York Times), and “a fine actress with a deep spacious sound” (Parterre.com), Kristin portrays both comic and dramatic roles with equal relish. This season she premiered the role of Paul in Kurt Vonnegut’s only opera, Happy Birthday Wanda June, with Indianapolis Opera, sang the Soprano II solos in several concerts with the acclaimed choral series Sacred Music in a Sacred Space in New York, and will rejoin the ensemble in Dido and Aeneas with the groundbreaking Mark Morris Dance Group at BAM. In 2015, Kristin was a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, performing works by Bach, Korngold, and Golijov. She also debuted the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Loft Opera in Brooklyn, both to critical acclaim. Other recent performances abroad include shows in Stockholm and Rotterdam with the Opera Mecatronica ensemble, alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah and the second soprano soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor in Beirut. Originally from Indiana, Kristin now lives in Brooklyn. 14


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Spencer Viator is a native of Cincinnati. He attended the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. During his time at CCM he had the pleasure of performing a multitude of roles, including Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola and King Ouf in L’Etoile. He was recently hailed for his “ringing and elegant tenor” by The New York Times for his return to LoftOpera as Ferrando in its production of Così fan tutte. This past year, he was a Beneson Young Artist with Palm Beach Opera, where he sang Fernando in Goyescas, Offizier/Scarmuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, and a family performance of Ernesto in Don Pasquale. In 2015, he helped premiere the role of Soldier Hyimie in Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera Morning Star with Cincinnati Opera. He has been in many prestigious young artist programs including Des Moines Metro Opera’s Young Artist Program, where he covered Fenton in Falstaff. He was also a two-time Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. There he sang the roles of 1st Priest in The Magic Flute and Streznik in The Kiss.

JONATHAN BLALOCK PODESTÀ ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT

Jonathan Blalock recently triumphed as Prince Claus in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus at The Dallas Opera. Engagements for 2016-17 include Ramiro with Syracuse Opera, Beppe with Arizona MusicFest, Nanki-Poo with Performance Santa Fe, a debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as Harry in La fanciulla del West, and Lt. Cable in South Pacific with Southern Opera in Georgia. Jonathan has appeared in a number of world premieres, including Huang Ruo’s An American Soldier with Washington National Opera; The Secret Agent with The Armel Festival in Hungary; Jorge Martin’s Before Night Falls with Fort Worth Opera; and Paul’s Case with Urban Arias. Jonathan sang The Electrician in Adès’ Powder Her Face with West Edge Opera and has sung Hydrogen Jukebox (by Philip Glass) with both West Edge Opera and Fort Worth Opera. As a specialist in Rossini and Mozart, Blalock has performed Pedrillo with Des Moines Metro Opera; Don Ottavio with Cedar Rapids Opera and Nevada Opera; Ferrando with Capitol Opera Raleigh; Almaviva with Tri-Cities Opera, LOFT Opera, and Opera Company of Middlebury; Ramiro with Opera Roanoke, Opera in Williamsburg, and as a guest with Bob Jones University; and covered two Rossini roles at Santa Fe Opera: Rodrigo (La donna del lago) and Conduliermo (Maometto II). 16


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CAST & CREATIVE JORELL WILLIAMS NARDO ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT

Baritone Jorell Williams has been hailed by Opera News as having “a solid vocal core and easy, natural production” and the New York Times for being “magnificent.” The 2015-16 season included debuts with the Bay Chamber Music Festival as Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen, PORTOpera as Morales in Carmen, Rochester Lyric as Frediano/Ippolito in John Musto’s Bastianello, and a return to the Chautauqua Institution as soloist with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass. The 2016-17 season includes his debut as Hannah-Before in Laura Kaminsky’s critically acclaimed As One with Seattle Opera; baritone soloist in Durufle’s Requiem; excerpts of Joplin’s Treemonisha with the Kingston Chamber Choir; and reprising the role of Vernon Addams, which he created, in Hilliard and Boresi’s Blue Viola with Lyric Opera of the North; and, recently, the Metropolitan Opera/ Lincoln Center Theater workshop of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys. Jorell is a recipient of the 2016 Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at Songfest, and garners top awards from the Gerda Lissner International Competition, Kurt Weill Foundation, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, Liberace Foundation, Serge Koussevitzky Foundation, and the Charles A. Lynam Competition.

GEOFFREY MCDONALD MUSIC DIRECTOR ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT

Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a “promising and confident” member of the new generation of American conductors. Geoffrey McDonald is steadily gaining recognition for his versatility — “an agile conductor ... whose pacing is sure in both reflective and restless passages” (The New York Times) — and for his “original and flexible musical imagination” (The New York Observer). Geoffrey’s passion for promoting new or neglected pieces and his enthusiasm for fresh, innovative presentation combine in his work as music director of On Site Opera, whose immersive production of Paisiello’s Barbiere di Siviglia in the summer of 2015 earned wide critical acclaim. Opera News wrote: “[McDonald] led with brio and admirable ensemble,” while The New York Times noted, “the conductor, Geoffrey McDonald, drew stylish, nimble playing.” This success followed recent productions of Handel operas Orlando and Alcina, for which he partnered with director R.B. Schlather to create inventive art-installation-opera. He has acted as assistant conductor for Opera Philadelphia, the American Symphony Orchestra, and Gotham Chamber Opera. A dedicated educator, he has served on the faculties of Bard College and the Longy School of Music, and was music director of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra and the Columbia University Bach Society. 18


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CAST & CREATIVE ERIC EINHORN STAGE DIRECTOR ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT

Eric Einhorn has been praised by The Austin Chronicle as “a rising star in the opera world” and by Opera News for his “keen eye for detail and character insight.” He is the co-founder of On Site Opera, a company dedicated to immersive, site-specific productions. Mr. Einhorn has directed productions for Chicago Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Florentine Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, the Pacific Symphony, and Gotham Chamber Opera. He has been a member of the stage directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2005. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named Mr. Einhorn’s production of Dialogues des Carmélites for Pittsburgh Opera one of the top 10 classical music performances of 2011. He originally created the production for Austin Lyric Opera in 2009 and was awarded best opera at the Austin Critics’ Table Awards, in addition to garnering him a nomination for best director. During the summer of 2014, he directed Rameau’s Pygmalion at Madame Tussauds New York and the Lifestyle-Trimco mannequin showroom. This production featured the world’s first implementation of supertitles for Google Glass. Upcoming engagements include the world premiere of Happy Birthday, Wanda June with Indianapolis Opera, a revival staging of Simon Boccanegra starring Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera, and a new staging of The Flying Dutchman for Austin Opera.

BETH GOLDENBERG COSTUME DESIGNER ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT

Beth Goldenberg is a New York-based costume designer working in opera, theatre, and dance. Her opera credits include Stabat Mater, the little match girl passion, directed by Francesca Zambello; Macbeth, directed by Anne Bogart and co-designed with James Schuette (Glimmerglass); and Lucia di Lammermoor, Kafka’s Fragments, Daphnis & Chloé (Heartbeat Opera). She has also designed productions with Second Stage Theatre, The New Group, Juilliard, Red Bull Theater, Ma-Yi Theatre, Lesser America, The Flea, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre and Barrington Stage Company, among others. She holds an M.F.A. from New York University. 20


CAST & CREATIVE KELLEY ROURKE TRANSLATOR

ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: CINDERELLA, 2016 Kelley Rourke is a librettist, translator, and dramaturg. With composer John Glover, she wrote the opera Lucy (Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Nautilus Music-Theater, American Opera Projects, UrbanArias), and the orchestral song cycle Natural Systems (New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Conservatory’s BluePrint Series). The duo teamed with baritone/guitarist Andrew Wilkowske to create Guns ‘n Rosenkavalier (Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Mill City Opera, Rockwood Music Hall). The Glimmerglass Festival commissioned Kelley to write the youth operas Odyssey (2015), with music by Ben Moore, and Wilde Tales (2016), with music by Laura Karpman. Kelley has also created 15 new English adaptations for standard and not-sostandard repertory, which have been heard at companies including English National Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Apotheosis Opera, among others. These collaborations with dead composers have been hailed as “crackingly witty” (The Independent, London) and “remarkably well wedded to the music and versification in arias” (The New York Times).

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THE ATLANTA OPERA ORCHESTRA OBOE Diana Dunn Principal

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CONTRACTOR Mark McConnell Musicians employed in this production are represented by the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

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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 Mr. Bryan H. Barnes Mr. Dante Bellizzi Mr. Andy Berg Mr. Montague L. Boyd, IV Mrs. Rosemary Kopel Brown Ms. Mary Calhoun Mr. Mario Concha Dr. Frank A. Critz Ms. Martha Thompson Dinos Mr. Robert G. Edge Mr. Dieter Elsner Dr. Donald J. Filip Mr. Kevin Greiner Mrs. Joanne Chesler Gross Mr. Howard W. Hunter Mr. William C. Hyde

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HONORARY MEMBERS 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 Mrs. Peggy McDowell Mr. Harmon “Sandy” B. Miller, III Mr. J. Barry Schrenk Mr. Mark K. Taylor Mr. Thomas R. Williams Mr. Robert G. Woodward 23


REMEMBRANCES As we pause to reflect on the loss of several important members of the Opera family, we invite you to join us in celebrating these extraordinary individuals. Mrs. Boyce L. Ansley Dr. James W. Bland, Jr. Mr. Donald R. & Mrs. Marilyn Keough Mr. Carl Knobloch, Jr. Ms. Barbara D. Stewart Mrs. Eleanor H. Strain Ms. Jane S. Willson Mrs. Loraine P. Williams

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local restaurants before or after the show. For dinner-and-show packages, visit encoreatlanta.com/offers.

COURTESY FIFTH GROUP RESTAURANTS

AMERICAN

ESTABLISHMENT — In tribute to Southern fare, Establishment’s kitchen cultivates a traditional array of Georgia classics and original creations such pimiento cheese with bourbon bacon marmalade, hot boiled peanut hummus, venison “buckshot” meatballs, and one very special entree, an 1845 custom cut aged Delmonico steak served campfirestyle with parmesan rosemary truffle fries. Craft cocktails and regional beers. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 517 in Colony Square, 404.347.5291, establishmentatlanta.com. M LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco

seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M LOBBY — The menu at this sophisticated American restaurant focuses on seasonal fare. In the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M

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STAFF EXECUTIVE Tomer Zvulun CEO, GENERAL & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Laina Bennett EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE GENERAL & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ARTISTIC & PRODUCTION Arthur Fagen CARL & SALLY GABLE MUSIC DIRECTOR Dave Smith DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION Lauren Bailey ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATOR Wade Thomas ARTISTIC SERVICES & STUDIO MANAGER Rolando Salazar MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR Jessica Kiger AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION MANAGER Brian August PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Christopher Dills PROP MASTER Amber Hamilton ARTISTIC ASSISTANT Joanna Schmink COSTUMES COORDINATOR Mary Torres FIRST HAND Anna Kate Reef FITTING ASSISTANT/SEAMSTRESS Catherine Lindke SEAMSTRESS Tami Lee Thompson WIG & MAKEUP ASSOCIATE FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Rachel Jorgensen DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS Inga V. Murro CONTROLLER Ruth Strickland ADMINISTRATIVE & FINANCE COORDINATOR DEVELOPMENT Sarah Zabinski SENIOR DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Rae Weimer DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Greg Carraway FOUNDATION & GRANTS MANAGER James Tyson ANNUAL FUND MANAGER Brandon Gardner PROJECT & EVENTS MANAGER Katie Lawrence PROSPECT RESEARCH & DATA COORDINATOR MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Scott Hazleton DIRECTOR OF MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS Holly Hanchey DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Matt Burkhalter CREATIVE SERVICES MANAGER Rebecca Danis MARKETING MANAGER Renee Smiley PATRON SERVICES MANAGER Elliot Folds PATRON SERVICES ASSOCIATE Kathy Le MARKETING INTERN The Atlanta Opera | 1575 Northside Drive N.W., Suite 350 | Atlanta, GA 30318 404-881-8885 | atlantaopera.org 26


DINING GUIDE AMERICAN

ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a clublike atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M PACES & VINE — The team behind intown Murphy’s expands to Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus by celebrated Atlanta chef Ian Winslade (Murphy’s, W hotels, Bluepointe). 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V

COURTESY OF SOHO; COURTESY OF THE ATLATNA FALCONS

SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 770.801.0069, sohoatlanta.com. V

Matt Ryan (above) is an eat-out kind of guy. You’ll often find him at Davio’s.

AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St. NW, 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road NW, 770.420.1985; ruthschris.com. A, B, D SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Three locations: Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175, 404.815-6677; Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen. com. B, M, V

SOHO’s tempura calamari with a ginger-soy glaze.

TWO URBAN LICKS — “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M

STK ATLANTA — STK blends a chic lounge and a dynamic fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Midtown: 1075 Peachtree St., NE (at 12th St.); 404.793.0144, togrp.com/ venue/stk-atlanta. M 27


DINING GUIDE BREWPUB/ GOURMET PUB FARE

GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox Theatre. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road NE, 404.264.0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B TAP — A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St. NE, 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M

CREOLE/CAJUN

COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta.com. V PARISH — New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar. A N’awlins-inspired brunch is served on weekends. Downstairs, a takeaway market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW

EUROPEAN FUSION

ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M

ITALIAN

DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE — At Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404.844.4810, davios.com/atl. B 28

LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposedbrick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria.com. M MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY — Specializing in Italian-American cuisine — and lots of it — in a classy-casual setting. Pick a booth for an intimate date night, or go big; this place is good for kids and groups. Takeout available at all locations. Buckhead: 3368 Peachtree Road, 404-816-9650; Cumberland Mall: 1601 Cumberland Mall, 770-799-1580; Perimeter Mall: 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, 770-804-3313. maggianos.com B, NA, P

MEXICAN

ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree St. NE, 404.968.9662, alma-atlanta.com. D EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.873.4656, eltaco-atlanta.com. VH

SEAFOOD/SUSHI

LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lure-atlanta.com. M

VEGAN

HERBAN FIX — With a mission to share the best fusion vegan cuisine with local residents, businesses and visitors, Herban Fix offers a fusion vegan menu to let you experience the most iconic food throughout different parts of Asia. Taking inspiration from various cuisines, the menu at Herban Fix is carefully crafted and plated and all the dishes are designed for sharing. Ingredients are premium select, organic, fresh and aimed at good health as well as great taste. 565-A Peachtree Street NE, 404.815.8787. M


FRESH, SEASONAL FOOD IN VININGS VILLAGE Join us before or after the show! Theater menu available.

4300 Paces Ferry Road • 770.801.0089 • www.SOHOatlanta.com

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