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Welcome to Turandot! We bring back Puccini’s final masterpiece, Turandot, to close our 2016-17 season. This is the largest production that the Atlanta Opera has ever presented on the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre stage. Our production of Puccini’s classic opera involves over 200 principals, chorus, orchestra, crew, supernumeraries, and children’s chorus. The Atlanta Opera would like to extend our appreciation and recognition to Maestro Walter Huff. He has led the Atlanta Opera Chorus in over 110 productions locally and abroad. After 28 seasons of service to The Atlanta Opera Chorus, he will be missed as he continues his journey in music and teaching at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. We look forward to seeing you again for a grander and more magical season in 2017-2018, filled with stories of love, survival, revenge, and seduction. The line-up for next season includes Wagner’s

The Flying Dutchman, Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, Bizet’s Carmen, and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, and Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain (as part of the Discoveries series). We are excited to feature these magnificent works of art for you to add to your opera experience. It has been a very full season for us at the Atlanta Opera. With the expansion of our mainstage season to four productions and two Discoveries shows, the support shown to us by the community has been immeasurable. We would like to thank everyone involved for your continual love for the opera. Thank you for joining us — and enjoy the show!

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SPECIAL THANKS Burberry THE ATLANTA OPERA DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE Mr. & Mrs. Ronald R. Antinori Nancy & *Jim Bland The Laura & Montague Boyd Foundation Dr. Harold Brody John & Rosemary Brown Mr. & Mrs. John L. Connolly Ann & Frank Critz Mr. Robert P. Dean & Mr. Robert Epstein Martha Thompson Dinos Nancy & Holcombe Green John L. Hammaker Mr. Howard W. Hunter - Gramma Fisher Foundation

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TURANDOT CREDITS MUSIC Giacomo Puccini LIBRETTO Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni Based on the play, Turandot, by Carlo Gozzi FIRST PERFORMANCE: April 25, 1926 at Teatro alla Scala; Milan, Italy CONDUCTOR Arthur Fagen ORIGINAL STAGE DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER Renaud Doucet STAGE DIRECTOR Kathleen Stakenas SET & COSTUME DESIGNER André Barbe LIGHTING DESIGNER Guy Simard LIGHTING RE-CREATED Krista Billings WIG & MAKEUP MASTER James McGough CHORUS MASTER Lisa Hasson SUPERTITLES Renaud Doucet CAST (IN ORDER OF VOCAL APPEARANCE) HANDMAIDEN Bryn Holdsworth* MANDARIN Alan Higgs* HANDMAIDEN Tiffany Uzoije LIÙ Kelly Kaduce EMPEROR ALTOUM Nathan Munson PRINCE CALAF Gianluca Terranova PRINCESS TURANDOT Marcy Stonikas TIMUR Steven Humes PING Daniel Belcher PANG Julius Ahn PONG Joseph Hu MUSICAL PREPARATION Elena Kholodova, Valerie Pool* ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Brenna Corner* ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR/CHORUS MASTER Rolando Salazar ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGNER Benjamin Rawson PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER Brian August ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS Adam Fulmer, Rachel C. Lucas PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Samantha McBrayer SUPER CAPTAIN Emily Copeland *member of The Atlanta Opera Studio Performed in Italian with English supertitles Approximate running time: 2 hours 32 minutes with 2 intermissions Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. By arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, Sole Agent in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for Casa Ricordi/Universal Music Publishing Ricordi S.R.L., publisher and copyright owner. Production by Renaud Doucet and André Barbe. Staged by Kathleen Stakenas. Scenery and costumes for this production were constructed at the Minnesota Opera Shops. Production jointly owned by Pittsburgh Opera, The Minnesota Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, and Cincinnati Opera.


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ACT I Turandot, daughter of Emperor Altoum, has decreed that she will only marry if a suitor of noble blood can answer three riddles. If he cannot, the price shall be his head. The most recent candidate, the Prince of Persia, is to be executed at the moon’s rising. In the commotion outside the palace a blind man falls to the ground and his companion, Liù, asks for help. They are aided by a disguised Calaf, who recognizes the man as his long-lost father, Timur, the banished ruler of his land. Calaf, like his father, is running from enemies and concealing his identity, known only as the Unknown Prince. Liù continues to aid Timur even in exile because years before, as she explains, Calaf bestowed a smile upon her. 10

The people impatiently await the beheading. As the Prince of Persia enters, the crowd is suddenly moved and pleads with the Princess to pardon him. Turandot appears and dispassionately confirms the Prince’s sentence with a silent gesture. Calaf immediately is entranced by her beauty. Timur and Liù try to convince the smitten Calaf that he must leave with them, but he breaks away and attempts to announce himself as a suitor. The three ministers of the Imperial Household, Ping, Pang and Pong, warn him of his folly, but to no avail. In one final attempt Liù begs him to listen, but Calaf ignores her entreaties and ceremoniously rings the gong, signifying his challenge for Turandot’s hand.

SYNOPSIS Ping, Pang, and Pong prepare for the eventuality of a wedding or a funeral. They discuss their misery since Turandot reached the marriageable age, numbering the many noble suitors who have met a deadly fate and reminiscing about life in their native provinces. Is there truly a man whose passion can melt Turandot’s icy heart? Their hopes are guarded. A crowd assembles for the Trial of the Three Enigmas. Turandot devised this system to avenge her ancestress, Lo-u Ling, who was captured, raped, then put to death by marauding invaders. She offers Calaf one last chance to withdraw, but he stands firm in his resolve. The first question is offered: “What is born each night and dies each dawn?” Calaf correctly answers “hope.” Slightly taken aback, Turandot poses the next riddle: “What flares warm like a flame, yet it is no flame?” Calaf hesitates, then answers perfectly “blood.” Visibly shaken, Turandot asks the final question: “The ice that gives you fire, what can it be?” Calaf tarries, then triumphantly cries “Turandot!” The people celebrate his victory, but Turandot pleads with the emperor not to be given to this unknown prince. Seeing her distress, Calaf decides to play her game and offers a riddle of his own: “If before morning you can discover the name I bear, I shall forfeit my life.” ACT III It is decreed that none shall sleep, under penalty of death, until the name of the Unknown Prince is discovered. Calaf expresses his conviction that he alone will reveal the secret. Ping, Pang, and

Pong offer any prize, including his safe escape, if he tells them his name. Having been seen with Calaf, Timur and Liù are captured, and at Turandot’s request, Timur is to be tortured until he reveals the truth. Liù steps forward and says that she knows the prince’s name but will keep it as her eternal secret. She grabs a soldier’s dagger and kills herself. Calaf reproaches the Princess for her cruelty and then takes hold of her and boldly kisses her. Turandot’s strength and desire for revenge leave her, and she weeps for the first time. Calaf reveals his true identity, thereby putting his life in Turandot’s hands. Trumpets announce the arrival of dawn and the assembly of the court. Turandot addresses the emperor and the people: “I have discovered the stranger’s name — it is Love!” COURTESY OF THE MINNESOTA OPERA

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With Turandot, Puccini gave us “Nessun dorma,” the tune that drove thousands to their feet at a Three Tenors concert on the eve of 1990’s World Cup Final in Italy. Turandot, itself, is filled with magical moments: The choruses are multihued and magnificent, the setting at Beijing’s Imperial Palace is epic, and the arias are stunning. Turandot also causes great agitation among hard-core opera lovers: The adoration Puccini inspired has been unreserved and uninterrupted since he walked the Earth, but Turandot is complicated. 12

In early 1920, the 61-year-old Giacomo Puccini expressed an interest in using an exotic fairy tale for his next opera. Settling upon the 18th-century play Turandot by Carlo Gozzi (actually an Italian translation of a Schiller version of the play), Puccini wrote, “I would advise that ... above all, [we] intensify the amorous passion of Turandot, that for so long has smoldered beneath the ashes of her great pride.” He envisioned an imperious woman with repressed emotions who is redeemed by love. Engaging librettists Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, the great master

PRODUCTION NOTE Puccini edited, adapted, and altered the Gozzi story, adding a character who would arguably become the opera’s most powerful figure — the slave girl Liù.

in which we see her transformation. This brings us to the dilemma that so deeply troubles some of Puccini’s most ardent fans.

To create the flavor of his mythical, imagined China, Puccini added foreign accents to his orchestra: tuned Chinese gongs, saxophones, and a bass xylophone, among them. For authentic Chinese folk songs, he looked to a couple of sources, including a collection compiled by a Shanghai-based Belgian customs official. “Mo Li Hua” (“Jasmine Flower”) became the children’s chorus in Act 1, and other Chinese folk tunes became the music of the comic characters Ping, Pang, and Pong. Puccini makes liberal use of the pentatonic scale, the basis of traditional Chinese music.

In the story, the princess Turandot rejects and executes 26 suitors for failing to correctly answer three riddles.

Throughout 1924, Puccini wrestled with Turandot: Can one duet persuade an audience to cheer for a murderer and her heedless lover? Meanwhile, he complained

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By early 1924, he’d finished the first two acts and written much of the third and final acts, through the death of Liù. There, he stopped. By his letters, it seems he sensed he had so successfully established the central conflict — Turandot’s hatred of men — that quite a lot was riding on the final love duet

At the beginning of the opera, Prince Caláf witnesses one of these executions, catches a glimpse of the heartless arbiter and is utterly bewitched by her. Against all reason, he sets his mind to winning her heart. As the plot thickens, Liù, who is in love with Caláf, refuses to betray him, all the while singing some of the most heartrending music in opera. Under Turandot’s command, Liù is tortured. She refuses to divulge Caláf ’s secret, and dies. Caláf looks on and does nothing. Liù’s gesture is what clears his path to the icy princess, and perhaps paints the composer into a corner.


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of having a sore throat. On Nov. 4, 1924, with no finale in sight, he packed his manuscript and headed to Belgium for treatment of throat cancer. He died Nov. 29, leaving the greatest riddle of Turandot — the ending — unsolved.

is a hero. Following in the tradition of Tom Thumb or Puss in Boots, Caláf prevails over an overwhelming power, not by his own strength but by guile. The singular purpose of these heroes blinds them to the suffering they cause.

Remember that Turandot is based on a fairy tale. Fairy tales, by nature, can leave audiences with an unsettling reality. No one asks “why” in a fairy tale. Why, for instance, would Cinderella’s father allow her to be treated like a kitchen slave? Why would a parent throw a red cape and a basket of goodies on a little girl and send her into a wolf habitat? Why would Turandot order the execution of men who’ve asked for her hand?

That’s the conundrum of Puccini’s last opera. Because he died before he could finish it to his satisfaction, he (perhaps unintentionally) created antiheroes in both Turandot and Caláf.

Fairy-tale characters are archetypal: Turandot is a wicked queen. Prince Caláf 14

It fell upon composer Franco Alfano to finish Turandot. He did so well enough that the beguiling piece is among the best-loved operas of all time. Without having the master’s final word though, the Turandot debate may continue as long as the opera is performed. In other words, a very long time.


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



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After separate beginnings in dance, theater, television and the opera field, Renaud Doucet, stage director and choreographer, and André Barbe, set and costume designer, joined forces in 2000. Since then they created together more than 20 new opera productions. André Barbe received a bachelor of fine arts at Concordia University, then studied at the National Theatre School of Canada under the tutelage of designer François Barbeau. Up to now he designed more than 300 productions for theater, television, and opera. He received the Irish Times Irish Theatre Award 2005 for best set designer for the production of Pénélope at Wexford Festival Opera as well as the 2011 Rolf-Mares Prize for best sets and costumes for the production of La Cenerentola at the Hamburgische Staatsoper. Trained musician Renaud Doucet began his performing career as a solo dancer, ballet master, and choreographer in international dance companies. He was introduced to the opera world as baroque choreographer and baroque gesture specialist coaching singers like Alfredo Kraus, Jaime Aragall, Raina Kabaivanska, or Mirella Freni. He also worked as an actor in various movies and TV series. In the United States and Canada he staged and choreographed La bohème, Aida, Les pêcheurs de perles, Die Fledermaus, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Tosca, Carmen, l’Elisir d’amore, Les dialogues des Carmélites, Le Trouvère (in the French version), La traviata, La Belle Hélène, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Tempest, andTurandot. Their work as a team gained recognition with their new productions of Cendrillon by Massenet at l’Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg and l’Opéra de Marseille (France), Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany), New York City Opera, and l’Opéra de Montréal, the Viennese premiere of The Sound of Music and Turandot at the Volksoper Wien (Austria), Thaïs at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, l’Opéra de Montréal, Palm Beach Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, Pénélope by Fauré and Si j’étais roi by Adam at the Wexford Festival Opera (Ireland), Benvenuto Cellini, and Iphigénie en Aulide at l’Opéra National du Rhin, Pelléas et Mélisande and The Rape of Lucretia at l’Opéra de Montréal, Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opera Colorado, Samson and Dalila at the Kungliga Operan in Stockholm, Manon at the Scottish Opera, the entire 2009-10 season of Florida Grand Opera in Miami with Lucia di Lammermoor, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Carmen; Rusalka at the Volksoper Wien and, most recently, Turandot at Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, La Cenerentola at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, and Die Feen for the Richard Wagner’s celebrations at Oper Leipzig in co-production with the Bayreuther Festspiele.



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Kathleen Stakenas’ recent credits include directing a revival production of Manon in Sweden with Malmö Opera; staging two new works by James Barry, Sucker and Smashed; The Carrie Nation Story in association with Opera on Tap and the American Opera Projects; and directing Slow Dusk with Florida State Opera. Among other companies she collaborated as an Assistant Stage Director and Stage Manager with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and the Beijing Music Festival. She has a MM in Opera Production with a directing emphasis from Florida State University.


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Krista Billings (Lighting Designer) Opera credits include Delaware Opera Company, Center City Opera in Philadelphia, The Curtis Institute of Music, Cincinnati Opera, and Dallas Opera. She has a wide range of performing arts experience, from the Fringe Festival, to The Velveteen Rabbit (for Enchantment Theatre), and the Re- lighting of Historic Boathouse Row on the beautiful Schuylkill River, in Philadelphia. Krista loves the scope that opera offers and chance to help tell the story with light. Some of her other credits include Unlock the Magic for the Rock School of Dance, Buddy Holly, and The Full Monty for Media Performing Arts Center, and The Dark Play for Theatre Exile. She is currently lighting director at The Dallas Opera.







James is pleased to come to The Atlanta Opera for this stunning and exciting production of Turandot. This will be his sixth production of the Puccini opera and is a personal favorite of his. James comes to this production after completing a run of Turandot at the Virginia Opera, where he is the resident wig and makeup designer where he has worked for the past 19 seasons. James is originally from Detroit, but his 30year career has taken him to opera, theater, and dance companies across the United States.


2017 marks Lisa Hasson’s 13th season with Des Moines Metro Opera where she is both Chorus Master and Director of the Apprentice Artist Program. Since 2009, she has been Kentucky Opera’s principal coach and music director of their studio artist program. In 2011 she was appointed Chorus Master. She has worked as a coach and repetiteur for Opera North, Indianapolis Opera, New Orleans Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Nevada Opera, Knoxville Opera, Berkshire Opera, Opera Birmingham, Utah Festival Opera, and Kentucky Opera. From 2001 to 2003 Lisa was the music director for the Artist in Residence Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. From 2001-2006 she served on the music staff of Sarasota Opera. She has been a guest artist at Miami University, McGill University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, University of Kentucky, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Since 2013 she has been the opera coach at Miami University (OH), and in 2016 she was a guest coach for the FGO studio program. Lisa received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from McGill University in Montreal. It is there that she began studying opera coaching and accompanying under Dixie Ross Neill. Further studies were completed at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio in London. 20



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Bass-baritone Alan Higgs is rapidly making a name for himself in the world of opera. He is a 2016-17 Sullivan Foundation Award winner and most recently a semifinalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. He has also been selected as the resident bass-baritone for the The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago for the 2017-18 season. Last summer he made his debut with Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice artist for its 60th anniversary season, where he performed the role of Jose Castro in La fanciulla del West, and covered roles in Vanessa and Capriccio. His other recent engagements include Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette and the British Major in Silent Night with The Atlanta Opera, Raphael in Haydn’s Creation with the Georgia State Symphony Orchestra as well as the Pirate King in the Atlanta Opera Studio tour of The Pirates of Penzance. Mr. Higgs, who resides in Atlanta, attended Florida State University for his master’s degree in voice performance, where he performed Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte.




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Kelly Kaduce has been praised as “the finest actress on the operatic stage today” with a “soprano voice capable of considerable power as well as glowing effects” (Opera Today). In the 2017-18 season, Ms. Kaduce returns to Minnesota Opera in the title role of Massenet’s Thaïs and to Boston Lyric Opera as Polly in Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. In the 2016-17 season, Ms. Kaduce debuts with Virginia Opera as Nedda in Pagliacci and makes her role debut as Desirée Armfeldt in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Des Moines Metro Opera. Last season, Ms. Kaduce sang the title role in back-to-back productions of Rusalka and Tosca, and created the leading role of Wendy in Paul Moravec’s The Shining, all with Minnesota Opera. Other engagements in the 2015-16 season and last summer included Alice Ford in Falstaff with Des Moines Metro Opera, Tosca with Houston Grand Opera, Mìmì in La bohème with Boston Lyric Opera, and Giorgetta in Il tabarro with Bard Music Festival. Ms. Kaduce’s recent highlights include singing the title role in Madama Butterfly with Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, and Florida Grand Opera, Katya in The Passenger with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Micaëla in Carmen with Houston Grand Opera.


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Born in Rome, Mr. Terranova attracted international attention jumping in as Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at the Arena di Verona. His great critical success lead to his reputation as one of the great interpreters of the role. In 2010, he had great personal success making his debut at the Teatro alla Scala Milan, again as the Duke of Mantua, under the baton of James Conlon, who also chose him for that role in Los Angeles. At the beginning of his career, he made his debut in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Falstaff, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Mavra, Il pirata, and Gina by Cilea. Past engagements include La bohème, Rigoletto, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (special concert under Zubin Mehta) in Florence; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Frankfurt; Alfredo in La traviata in Verona (Filarmonico) and Venice with Myung Wung Chung; La bohème in Torre del Lago (Puccini Festival) and in Bologna; La Fille du Régiment in Trieste and on tour in Italy; La Damnation de Faust in Palermo; Lucia di Lammermoor in Naples; La bohème and Rigoletto in Venice; Un ballo in Maschera and Verdi’s Requiem in Trieste, with Gianluigi Gelmetti conducting. Mr. Terranova has a degree in piano, with honors.

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Appearing regularly on the international stage, Steven Humes continues to perform many Wagnerian bass roles including König Marke, König Heinrich, Hunding, Fafner, Fasolt, Daland, and Hermann Landgraf as well as other well-known bass roles such as Sarastro, Vodník, Gremin, Commendatore, and Alaska-Wolf Joe. He continues to appear with many of the world’s most important international theaters, including The Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Real in Madrid, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Le Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opera di Roma, Opéra Monte Carlo, Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen, Teatro Regio in Torino, Theatre St. Gallen, Hamburg Staatsoper, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Canadian Opera Company, The Bolshoi, and the Salzburg Festival. Including a double Grammywinning performance at Los Angeles Opera, his operatic pursuits in the United States have taken him to many other houses, including New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Chicago’s Ravinia Fesitval, and the Opera Festival of New Jersey. Sought after as a concert soloist, Mr. Humes has performed with numerous symphonies, including the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchester of Bonn, Germany, and regularly performs with the Rundfunk and Philharmonie orchestras of Munich.


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Grammy Award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher has performed in many of the world’s music capitals, including Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Geneva, Toronto, Tokyo, Seoul and Houston. With a 60-role repertoire, Belcher has championed roles from the Baroque to those composed expressly for him. He came to international attention in 2004 creating the role of Prior Walter in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Belcher most recently created the roles of Brian Castner in Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk with Opera Saratoga, Robert Kennedy in Robin de Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe for his debut at The Netherlands Opera and Holland Festival, and Governor Bellingham in Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter with Opera Colorado. Other world premiere roles include John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Andy Warhol in Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O, and multiple roles in Tod Machover’s, all with Houston Grand Opera. World and American premieres in development include Frau Schindler by Thomas Morse and Ken Cazan. In the 2016-17 season, he sang Ping in Turandot with Opera Philadelphia, as well as Inspector Kildare in the workshop of Elizabeth Cree with the company.


ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT Internationally acclaimed Korean-American tenor Julius Ahn makes his debut with The Atlanta Opera as Pang in Turandot. He has performed the role in his debuts with Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, and Opera Philadelphia, with critical acclaim. Mr. Ahn is perhaps best known for his interpretations of the role of Goro in Madama Butterfly, having performed the role in his debuts with Palm Beach Opera, Opera Carolina, Nashville Opera, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, and Northern Lights Music Festival, as well as with Michigan Opera Theatre and in his London debut with Raymond Gubbay, Ltd., at the famed Royal Albert Hall. This season, Mr. Ahn returned to The Metropolitan Opera for its productions of The Magic Flute and Rigoletto. In future seasons, he will return to San Francisco Opera and Vancouver Opera, and is scheduled to make his debut with Tulsa Opera. In recent seasons, Mr. Ahn joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for The Nose, Turandot, and Die Fledermaus, and made his main stage debut as the Second Priest in The Magic Flute. 28


ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT Joseph Hu is one of America’s leading character tenors, sought after for roles such as Goro in Madama Butterfly, Pang and Pong in Turandot, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer, and Spoletta in Tosca. This season, Mr. Hu will reprise the roles of Mime in Das Rheingold with National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan, Goro in Madama Butterfly with Palm Beach Opera, and Pong in Turandot with Pittsburgh Opera. Mr. Hu performed the roles of Mime and Loge with Minnesota Concert Opera and National Symphony Orchestra in Der Ring des Nibelungen; Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer with the Bangkok Opera Foundation in Siam; Tanzmeister and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos with Tapei Symphony; Pong in Turandot with Opera Carolina, Seattle Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Memphis, and Cincinnati Opera; Beppe in Pagliacci with San Antonio Opera and Opera Delaware; Jaquino in Fidelio with the San Antonio Symphony; and Eisslinger in Die Meitstersinger von Nürnberg with San Francisco Opera and in his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also returned to San Diego Opera for their production of Un ballo in maschera.

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ATLANTA OPERA DEBUT: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, 2011 A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., Mr. Munson has been praised for his vocal beauty, and has proven to be a versatile presence on the concert and operatic stage. Recent roles include Beppe in I pagliacci with both the Sarasota Opera and the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Also with HOT, he debuted as the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana, as Tom Snout in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in performances of the Steersman in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. He will return to Honolulu this fall to sing Remendado in Carmen. With The Atlanta Opera, he has performed the Camera Man in The Golden Ticket, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Rodolfo in La bohème (as a cover and in a touring production). Other recent performances include Bastien in Bastien und Bastienne and Alberto in La Curandera with Opera Piccola San Antonio, Valére in Tartuffe with Capitol City Opera, El Dancaïre in Carmen with Opera North, and Dr. Baglioni in a world premiere revision of Daniel Catan’s La Hija di Rappaccini with the Illinois Opera Theater. Other roles include Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Cassio in Verdi’s Otello, Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.



Ms. Stonikas’ recent roles include the title roles in Turandot (Opera Naples, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera); Ariadne auf Naxos (Seattle Opera); Salome (Utah Opera); Tosca (Seattle Opera, Opera Santa Barbara); Leonore in Fidelio (Volksoper Vienna, Seattle Opera); Magda Sorel in The Consul (Seattle Opera), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Opera Santa Barbara, Wolf Trap Opera); Gerhilde & 3rd Norn in the Ring Cycle (Washington National Opera); and Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel (Seattle Opera). Upcoming roles include Leonore in Fidelio at the Princeton Festival and the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos at Berkshire Opera Festival, as well as a debut with Arizona Opera in the title role of Tosca. Marcy Stonikas is a graduate of the Young Artist Program at Seattle Opera, where she performed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos, while a member of the program. She was first-prize winner in the Wagner Division of the 2013 Gerda Lissner Foundational Vocal Competition, the Leonie Rysanek prize-winner of the 2013 George London Vocal Competition, and was a finalist in Seattle Opera’s 2014 International Wagner Competition.

photo: Philip Groshong/Cincinnati Opera


The 20-plus-course Georgia Golf Trail turns heads with its quirky challenges, varied terrains and fancy amenities. By Phil Kloer




AT LEFT: A view of a green at Brazzell’s Creek in Reidsville, in southeast Georgia. BELOW: The Lakes in Waycross, south of Atlanta.



or one week every spring, Georgia is the center of the golf universe. Every golfer and golf fan’s attention is focused on the Masters in Augusta, home of expensive admission tickets, green champions’ jackets, brilliant azaleas, fabled pimento cheese sandwiches and the hushed, reverential voices of CBS announcers. And, naturally, there’s the course itself, so exclusive that 99.99 percent of us will never play it. For the rest of the hackers, duffers and weekend warriors out there, Georgia has some 400 courses not named Augusta National. The Georgia Golf Trail highlights 22 of the best, from Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa (the highest course, in the northeast corner of the state), to the links course at George T. Bagby State Park (near the Alabama-Georgia line). The Trail provides a vast range of terrains, challenges, prices and amenities. It’s the brainchild of Doug Hollandsworth, a lifelong Georgian and golfer who created it to bring awareness to Georgia golf and the state’s real estate, attractions and other economic opportunities. Hollandsworth wants to continue with major golf events and corporate functions that will have a major economic impact on Georgia. “It’s not just about the 18 holes,”he says. “Someone in


FOLLOW THE TRAIL You’ll find Georgia Golf Trail courses north, south and east of Atlanta; none are located to the west. Depending on where you call home, these courses are as close as a 36-minute drive (Stone Mountain) and as far as a five-hour drive (Georgia coast).

NORTH, NORTHEAST Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris; Chateau Elan in Braselton; Highland Walk in Royston; Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Club in Buford; Stone Mountain Golf Club. SOUTH, SOUTHEAST Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club in Cordele; Meadow Links in Fort Gaines; Brazell’s Creek in Reidsville; Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee in Eatonton; Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge, near Helena/McRae; The Creek & The Lakes, both in Waycross; and the Club at Savannah Harbor Westin.

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New York calls Delta and gets their tickets and gets here. They go to Avis, and eat at Longhorn and spend the night at the Westin. It’s about economic impact.” It’s also about competition with neighboring states for recreation dollars. Myrtle Beach, S.C., aggressively promotes golf vacation packages, as do many Florida communities. But the Southern king of the concept has been the Robert Trent Jones Trail in Alabama. Named after a legendary golf-course architect (no relation to the fabled Georgia golfer Bobby Jones), it consists of 11 courses. “Other Southeastern states were helping promote golf,” Hollandsworth says. “Georgia is losing millions of dollars from golf groups that want to go there instead of coming to our state. Robert Trent Jones was growing like crazy. But who the heck wants to go play golf in Alabama, when we have so much more to offer the traveler and golfer here in Georgia?” So in 2013, Hollandsworth, whose background is in marketing, publishing and sports radio, started Georgia Golf & Travel LLC. He teamed with the Georgia Departments of Economic Development and Natural Resources, and put the Georgia Golf Trail on the map. It started with 15 courses (now 23, give or take). “We’re going for quality, not quantity,” he says. And diversity. Major tickets on the Trail include the prestigious Reynolds Plantation (Reynolds Lake Oconee) and Sea Island. But the trail also lists some excellent state park courses with reasonable greens fees. “Georgia has some great golf, from the mountains to Atlanta, to the lake, to the coast,” Hollandsworth says. Next for the Trail, he hopes, are courses in Columbus and Augusta.


Please note: The list changes slightly year to year. This is the most updated information available. Let’s follow the points on a compass:

The Trail also promotes recreational activities associated with the courses, so that non-golfing family members have plenty to do while their golfer is out swinging madly and likely being reminded of the Bobby Jones quote: “Golf is the only game I know of that actually becomes harder the longer you play it.” More details on some of the courses and their amenities, listed alphabetically. Remember, this is just a sampling: • Callaway Gardens: Two courses — one for pros and one that’s less challenging. Plus kayaking, canoeing, ziplining and a butterfly center. In Pine Mountain, an hour southwest of Atlanta. Details at or 800.852.3810.


• Chateau Elan: A total of 63 holes, some with recently renovated greens. Plus winery tours and tastings, and day and overnight spas. In Braselton, about an hour northeast of Atlanta. Details at or 678.425.0900. •S tone Mountain Park: A total of 36 holes that date to 1969. Plus cable-car rides to the mountaintop, a theme park, hiking and fishing. In Stone Mountain, 36 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta. Details at or 770.465.3278. •B rasstown Valley Resort & Spa: Five sets of tees that wind through wildlife preserves, ponds and streams. Rated by Golf Digest and Leading Golf Courses of America as one of the top Georgia courses to play. Plus horse stables, trail riding and massages, facials and other

Bogey, birdie, eagle, hole-inone? Chase your dreams at the Highland Walk (top) in Royston, north of Atlanta or at Callaway Gardens (above) in Pine Mountain, southwest of Atlanta.


You can’t knock the sunset at King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island.

SOUTHWEST Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. EAST Arrowhead Pointe in Elberton; Harbor Club on Lake Oconee & Reynolds Lake Oconee, both in Greensboro; and Stone Creek Golf at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Social Circle. Georgia Golf Trail details: or 770.266.0331.


body treatments in the spa. In Young Harris and the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 2 hours, 20 minutes north of Atlanta. Details at or 706.379.9900. • Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club: Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course earned a four-star rating from Golf Digest. Plus a Georgia veterans military museum, train rides and a marina. In Cordele, about 2 hours, 10 minutes south of Atlanta. Details at or 229.276.2377. • Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge: The 18-hole Wallace Adams Course is surrounded by loblolly pines, willows and magnolias. Plus swimming in the lake and a children’s splash pad. Near Helena and McRae, about 2.5 hours southeast of Atlanta. Details at littleocmulgeelodge. com or 229.868.7474. • The Club at Savannah Harbor Westin: The 18-hole course is the former home of the PGA Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Champions event (2003-13). Plus all of Savannah, one of the South’s great tourist spots and home to top restaurants, nightlife, history and walking tours. About 3.5 hours southeast of Atlanta. Details or 912.201.2000. Georgia’s climate makes golf possible year-round in much of the state, although that’s not the same as being able to play 365 days a year. A driving tour of all 23 courses could take a couple of months and more than one credit card but is certainly doable. Hollandsworth says he knows only one golfer lucky enough to have completed the Trail. His name: Doug Hollandsworth.


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CHORUS MEMBERS Ruth Brooks Melanie Burbules Amy Chastain Emily Crisp Hanan Davis Sakinah Davis Stefani Dunn Melissa Godbee Chamblee Graham Valerie Hamm Camille Hathaway Bryn Holdsworth* Christina Howell Kate Kasmier Jessica Lane Anna Miller Zorica Pavlovic Jeanette Simpson Amber Tittle Laurie Tossing Lenna Turner Tiffany Uzoije Allegra Whitney Alyese Wilkerson Carrie Anne Wilson Barbara Martinez Yancey

Robert Banks Kyle Barnes Charles Baugh Matthew Boatwright Jose Caballero Brendan Callahan-Fitzgerald Chris Connelly Mitch Gindlesperger Sean Golan William Green Antoine Griggs John Harr Christopher Hawkins Samy Itskov Grant Jones Sung-Bae Kim Michael Lindsay Timothy Marshall Eric Mask Joseph McBrayer William McChriston Rhane McQuain Sheldon Michael Jahi Mims Benjamin Moore Andrew Pardini*



Kaitlin Dann Sonja Gable Chelsea Neiss Tara Nixon Shana Simmons Sarah Zielinksi Dancers provided by Attack Theatre


Kaitlin Matt Alea Tim Elliott Charles Fowler Matt Heindl Matthew Hendrix Jerry Hunter Mark Lawrence Marcus Morris Lawrence R. Mosblech Mary Ruth Ralston David van Mersbergen

Cody Russell Brian Strickland Tom Suber Timothy Tolar Billy Valentine Van-Arc Wright John Young

*member of The Atlanta Opera Studio


CHILDREN’S CHORUS MEMBERS Patrick Davey Camille Ervin Emiliano Gamboa James Hart Kennedy Hollis Reed Jorgensen Dante Lindsay Nelson Lindsay Anjana Murthy Sophia Ocfemia Thomas Penhallegon Sydney Shoemaker Reid Sullivan

Jasmyn Coleman Jasius Coverson Nikki Kim Joseph Masson Lea Masson Giovanna McClenning George Montague Mimi Montague Natan Montague Vincent Montague Madelyn Wright


Peter Ciaschini The Loraine P. Williams Orchestra Concertmaster Helen Kim Assistant Concertmaster Fia Durrett † Adelaide Federici ‡ Edward Eanes Felix Farrar Martha Gardner Robert Givens Patti Gouvas Alison James Kathryn Koch Michele Mariage-Volz Lisa Morrison Lee Nicholson Shawn Pagliarini Ginny Respess Patrick Ryan Angele Sherwood-Lawless Qiao Chen Solomon Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum Andy Zabinski


William Johnston* Elizabeth Derderian-Wood** Josiah Coe Leigh Dixon Julie Rosseter Karl Schab Joli Wu Meghan Yost

CELLO Charae Krueger* Mary Kenney** Elaine Shin David Hancock Sarah Paul Cynthia Sulko


Lyn DeRamus* Maurice Belle Emory Clements Robert Henson

FLUTE Jim Zellers * Kelly Bryant Erica Pirtle, Flute/Piccolo

OBOE Diana Dunn* Barbara Cook, English Horn Lara Dahl

CLARINET David Odom* Jeanne Heinze John Warren, Bass Clarinet

BASSOON Debra Grove†† John Grove, Contrabassoon Amy Pollard

HORN David Bradley* Dodd Anna Jason Eklund Ed Ferguson

TRUMPET Yvonne Toll* Hollie Lifshey John Morrison

TIMPANI John Lawless*

PERCUSSION Michael Cebulski* Scott Douglas Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner Courtney McDonald-Bottoms

HARP Susan Brady* Ellen Foster


BANDA TRUMPET Greg Holland Anderson Romero Paul Poovey

BANDA TROMBONE Marc Boehm Eric Alexander Phil Truex

CONTRACTOR Mark McConnell * Principal † Principal Second ‡ Assistant Principal Second ** Assistant Principal †† Acting Principal

TROMBONE Mark McConnell* Edmon Nicholson Richard Brady

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

TUBA Donald Strand* 39

BEHIND THE CURTAIN AO: Who are your greatest influences? MS: I would say that my greatest influences are a diverse bunch, ranging from my family to my favorite singers of the past, present and future. I find my performances are greatly informed by the love I have for my husband, and my son. Being a mother has changed the way I view the world and how I interpret music. AO: What drew you to opera?


Marcy Stonikas has performed Turandot three times, and each time she is able to breathe new life into a challenging role. We chatted with her about the complexities of Turandot, what makes her relevant today, and her favorite musical moments. THE ATLANTA OPERA: Where did you grow up, and when did you start singing? MARCY STONIKAS: I grew up in Elmhurst, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I was singing as soon as I could make noise. I started piano lessons with my next-door neighbor at five, and was singing in church choir around the age of six. I started community theatre in middle school, and did musicals, choir, madrigals and jazz choir throughout high school, which all lead me to audition for music programs for college. 40

MS: I started studying classical voice privately around the age of 15. Symphonic music was probably a major gateway to opera, however, and I had been going to the symphony throughout high school with my friends, which probably seemed strange to some people, but it was such a wonderful experience! I took the train from our little quiet suburb to the city, and would hear the phenomenally talented musicians Chicago Symphony Orchestra play the music of Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Mahler, ... I couldn’t get enough! Then my senior year I saw a double bill of The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti) and the rarely seen or performed Slow Dusk (Floyd) at Oberlin College’s Conservatory of Music. It probably didn’t hurt that I also related very much to the soprano lead of Slow Dusk; she became a very early operatic idol and mentor to me later on in school. I think the combination of my beloved classical music with singing was the lynch pin for me, and everything finally made sense. AO: What is challenging about the role of Turandot? MS: The biggest challenge I faced before first performing the role of Turandot

BEHIND THE CURTAIN was how to make her someone that I didn’t hate. I have always made it a top priority to find a way to make every character that I play three-dimensional, sympathetic and unavoidably, a bit of me. This was something that continued to plague me as I walked into my first day of rehearsal. After a conversation with Director Renaud Doucet, I nearly started crying out of relief because his objective of turning her into a real person, and not the typical “black widow spider princess,” was so in line with my own thinking. AO: What are some of your favorite musical moments? MS: One of my absolute favorite moments in opera is the Act I finale (which I don’t get to sing, lol!). It has amazing orchestration and everyone is wailing away on their own individual lines; so cool, so beautiful. Another favorite moment is actually the Ping/ Pang/Pong trio at the beginning of Act II. I never tire of the charm of these characters, and I love when I can watch the fun choreography from the wings and in rehearsal! I always feel enveloped by their sound and it’s such a cool experience. And then to get to “break free” from their demands by soaring above them all on a couple of high C’s that’s pretty darn fun! AO: Has anything changed or evolved in your interpretation? MS: After performing as her several times now, I think one of the most fundamental changes that has occurred is that I am more comfortable in my role as a princess. I initially found it difficult to play someone of such a position, as it’s so foreign to

anything that I know in any way. We don’t have a royal family in this country, and I wasn’t even sure how to move, let alone how to get around in the costumes on the challenging stage design. The other thing that’s probably evolved over the years has been that I am more comfortable letting the music guide me, motivate me, and inform me. It’s all there: Puccini was the master of putting every little nuance into the score. AO: Do you see yourself, or women in general, in her? MS: Turandot - a real person, a woman, MYSELF. My goal is to break down the perception of the commoners (chorus) so that the audience doesn’t just see me as a merciless princess but a woman who carries a lot of baggage. She has major shoes to fill, a lot of obligations to live up to, and she simply doesn’t feel that she needs a man in order to do her job well. These are all things to which I, along with other modern women, can relate. She doesn’t lure any men to come and court her - the suitors that perish have done so completely of their own volition, knowing full well of the danger in their failure. AO: How do you think the story of Turandot is relevant today? MS: If you can strip away the title of princess and make Turandot’s problems more basic, everyone can relate to her on some level. Additionally, the reoccurring theme of someone willing to sacrifice themselves for the love of another person (both Liù and Calaf do this) is still very current. Sure, it may not be a matter of life and death, but we all make sacrifices for our loved ones regularly and would do anything in our power to prevent them from harm. 41


Students waiting to enter the Cobb Energy Centre for the Don Pasquale Student Short. photo: Raftermen Photography


For as long as I can remember, music has filled my life, my home, and my soul. As a child I was always singing, making my stage debut at age 3 as the leading lady in The Littlest Christmas Tree. I performed in my first professional opera at the age 16 in the chorus of Piedmont Opera’s Manon. On opening night, I fell in love with the music, energy, and excitement. And now I’m thrilled to join the Atlanta Opera staff as the new Audience Development and Education Manager. I look forward to bringing opera into the community as we continue to grow our Community Engagement and Education Programming. I arrived at The Atlanta Opera just in time to witness the performances of Don Pasquale. The production featured innovative video projections, spectacular singing, and one of the most engaged 42

choruses I’ve ever seen! On opening night The Atlanta Opera Studio Artist, tenor Santiago Ballerini, saved the day by jumping in for tenor Ji-Min Park, who was ill. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote of the performance, “Ballerini gave youthful vigor, energy, and drama to the role, and the loveliness of his tenor voice was clear, from his Act I aria right through to the lilting loveliness of Act III’s serenade.” We are excited to expand The Atlanta Opera Studio program next season, bringing additional talent to Atlanta for essential training and experience. On March 23, we partnered with Atlanta Contemporary Art Center for Blues/Opera/Art, a free evening of improvisational performances featuring artist Lonnie Holley, soprano Jayme Alilaw, and guitarist Marshall Ruffin.

photo: Philip Groshong/Cincinnati Opera

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Each year we join with the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Experience Project and the ArtsBridge Foundation to present our Student Short, an abridged matinee performance for local schools at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. On March 30, the Don Pasquale Student Short played to a sold-out house of students and featured The Atlanta Opera Studio Artists in leading roles. And we’re excited to announce the return of The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour production of Rossini’s Cinderella. Bring the whole family and join us at 11 a.m. May 13 at The Atlanta Opera Center. We hope you’ll join us for our 201718 mainstage productions as well as our Discoveries series, which showcase Atlanta’s diverse wealth of venues such as next season’s production of Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins at Le Maison Rouge at Paris on Ponce, and the premiere of Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain at Theatrical Outfit. These intimate productions break down the

wall between performer and audience, creating a performance in which we are all immersed in the work as one. In addition to the mainstage and Discoveries series, The Atlanta Opera’s 2017-18 community engagement programming includes our annual opera preview event Opera with An Edge, our 24-Hour Opera Project in partnership with Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, Pre-Opera Talks, and much more! The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour is inspired by General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun’s 2010 vibrant production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The tour features The Atlanta Opera Studio Artists and the new adaptation is written and directed by The Jerry & Dulcy Rosenberg Young Artist Stage Director Brenna Corner. There’s an exciting season ahead of us, and we want you to be a part of it! Keep your eyes — and ears — open, as you never know where you’ll find opera in Atlanta!

Multifaceted artist Lonnie Holley and soprano Jayme Alilaw as a part of Blues / Opera / Art at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Video footage: Jimmy Rowalt; photo rendered: Ethan Payne


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Dr. J. Bricker Burns Sam & Boog Candler Mrs. Carol J. Clark Mr. Thomas J. Collins & Jeff Holms Ms Lillianette Cook & Ms. Carol Uhl Mr. Malcolm M. Cox & Ms. Sandra L. Vasher Mrs. Lavona Currie Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Curry Dr. & Mrs. F. Thomas Daly Jr. Mr. Paul Deckard Mr. Richard H. Delay & Dr. Francine D. Dykes Mr. Robert S. Devins Mr. Kevin Dew & Mr. Hal Platt Mr. & Mrs. James C. Edenfield Dr. & Dr. Morgan Eiland Ms. DeeAnn E. Evans Dr. Mary M. Finn Mr. Richard Goodjoin Alex Graham Mrs. John W. Grant III Kevin Greiner & Robyn Roberts Judge Adele P. Grubbs Ms. Louise S. Gunn Mr. Ronald L. Harris & Mrs. Jacqueline Pownall Mr. & Mrs. David C. Huffman Mrs. Cecile M. Jones Ronnie & Peter Kessenich Marsha & David King Ms. Eleanor Kinsey Dorothy Yates Kirkley Mr. & Mrs. Gedas Kutka Mrs. Treville Lawrence Linda L. Lively & James E. Hugh III Samantha & William Markle Dan D. Maslia Belinda & Gino Massafra Shelley McGehee Ms. Mimi S. Monett Mr. & Mrs. Allen P. McDaniel Ms. Priscilla M. Moran

Mortimer Family Terri & Stephen Nagler John & Agnes Nelson Mr. & Mrs. John L. O’Neal The Opera Guild for Atlanta Mr. Jeff Orr Mr. Darryl C. Payne & Ms. Lisa C. Richardson Lucy S. Perry Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence S. Phillips Carol & Jorge Pisarello Mrs. Betsy Pittman Mr. Daniel V. Pompilio III & Mrs. Lark Ingram The Reverend Neal P. Ponder, Jr. Dr. Michael F. Pratt & Nancy Peterman Lynn & Kent Regenstein Mr. Shawn Rieschl Johnson & Mr. Christian Kirby R.J. & D.G. Riffey, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. George P. Rodrigue Dr. & Mrs. Mark Rowles The Scully Peretsman Foundation Mr. Fred B. Smith Dr. & Mrs. Patton P. Smith Mr. Paul Snyder Gail & Barry Spurlock Mr. Peter James Stelling *Mrs. Eleanor H. Strain Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P. Stuk , Jr. Dr. Jane T. St. Clair & Mr. James E. Sustman Steve & Christine Strong Dr. & Mrs. Michael Szikman Mr. Stephen H. Thompson & Mr. Drew Mote Mr. Dory Vanderhoof Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Ventulett III Ms. Juliana T. Vincenzino Mrs. Jody Collins Weatherly Dr. & Mrs. James O. Wells, Jr. Kiki Wilson Dr. & Mrs. David Wingert

ANNUAL GIVING Mr. & Mrs. W. Barrett Howell, Jr. Mr. David Hutchison Cliff Jolliff & Elaine Gerke $500+ Mr. & Mrs. Gert Kampfer Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Fred R. Keith Judith Alembik John & JoAnn Keller Mr. & Mrs. Robert O. Banker Ms. Edna Kennedy Ms. Lauren Benevich Joan & Arnold Kurth Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Betor Chris & Jill Le Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Blake Ms. Beverly Leaphart Ms. Marta V. Boulineau Ms. Joanne Lincoln Barbara S. Bruner, M.D. Livvy Kazer Lipson Bob & Marion Bunker Vaneesa & Allan Little Mrs. Constance Calhoun Alex Livingston Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Carlin Charles & Katherine Lord Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Catalfano Dr. Jill Mabley Mr. & Mrs. Raymond H. Chenault Dr. Robert & Judge Stephanie Manis Don & Linda Coatsworth Mr. Thomas L. McCook Mr. N. Jerold Cohen Mr. & Mrs. John McMullan & Ms. Andrea Strickland Mr. M. Sean Molley Mrs. Jan W. Collins Barbara & Mark Murovitz Melanie Collins Mr. & Mrs. Stephen L. Naman Mr. & Mrs. Newt Collinson Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Nicholas III Mr. & Mrs. John D. Corse Mr. & Mrs. Henry C. Parrish III Maureen & Michael Dailey Mr. & Mrs. John Payan Mr. & Mrs. Tom Dalton Ms. Sandra Perkowitz Mr. & Mrs. Harold T. Daniel Jr. Mr. W. Ray Persons Mr. James M. Datka Mr. Lawrence F. Pinson & Ms. Nora P. DePalma John Pruitt Mr. Daniel L. Delnero & Ms. Vlada Galan Mr. & Mrs. Stefano V. Righi Mrs. Catherine Warren Dukehart Mrs. Barbara G. Robinson Mr. & Mrs. Louis Ederington Sidney & Phyllis Rodbell Ms. Ariana B. Fass Mr. Gary W. Rollins Mrs. Dakin B. Ferris Ms. Pam Rollins Mr. & Mrs. Michael Flaherty Sandra & Ronald Rousseau John Gam, Ph. D. Mr. Robert Sidewater Dr. Thomas N. Guffin, Jr. Dr. Susan Y. Stevens Mr. Robert & Dr. Ada Habl Judge Mike & Mrs. Jane Stoddard Ms. Anne Hammond Mr. & Mrs. James Summers Dean & Vivian Haulton Dr. David E. Sutherland II Mr. George Hickman, III & Mrs. Sarah F. Yates Sutherland Donna & Richard Hiller Carolyn & Robert Swain Alegra N. Horne Suzanne & Mark Sykes Dr. & Mrs. R. Craig Woodward Dr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Yuschok

Mr. & Mrs. Ben J. Tarbutton, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Taylor Mr. Richard Thio Andrew & Katie Tuck Mr. James D. Tyson Dr. & Mrs. James H. Venable Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Walden Alan & Marcia Watt Dr. & Mrs. Sam Williams Sherrilyn & Donn Wright Jan & Beattie Wood Ms. Jerrie Woodward Drs. Martin & Holly York $350+ Mr. & Mrs. William A. Allison Mr. & Mrs. Dante Bellizzi Ms. Lisa T. Black Dr. & Mrs. W. Jerry Capps Mr. David F. Chastain III Mr. Lawrence M. Cohen Dr. & Mrs. Albert De Chicchis Mrs. Carol Goodman Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Harley Ms. Mary Katherine Hodgson Richard & Linda Hubert Mr. Scott Ingram Mr. & Mrs. Edward Katze Mrs. Jeanine Lewis Mr. Simon Miller Dr. Patricia S. Moulton Jane & Jim Murray Mr. & Mrs. David Norris Edward & Marjorie Patterson Ms. Sophia B. Peterman Mr. Stephen L. Rann Dr. Donald Riker Mr. James Rollins Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Mr. & Mrs. John A. Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. David M. Scoular Dr. & Mrs. Stanley J. Smits Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Tuller


ANNUAL GIVING Mary Jane & Jorge Vilanova Mr. & Mrs. Fritz von Ammon Dr. & Mrs. David Vroon Jone Williams Ms. Lola V. Williams Ms. Venette Williams

Natalia C. Burdette Ms. Jennifer C. Burleigh Ms. Anne Burnett Mr. Frank H. Butterfield & Mrs. Debra Butterfield Susan Byrd Drs. Brenda & Craig Caldwell SILVER Michael J. & Debra Caldwell $100+ Thomas S. Caras, M.D. Anonymous Mr. Stephen Carlson Mr. Thomas A. Adams, Jr. Mr. Gregory Carraway Dr. Catherine Allard Mr. Michael Carver Dr. Raymond Allen Mr. & Mrs. George Cemore Mr. & Mrs. William A. Allison Dr. Earle D. Clowney Dr. Robert & Mrs. Lynne Alpern Mr. & Mrs. Alva Cobb Mr. William F. & Joan M. Amideo Mrs. Claudia Colvin Arlene Appelrouth Ms. Sally Combs Michael Arasin Ms. Celeste Condit Dr. & Mrs. Charles Arp Mr. T. Dennis Connally Ms. Janice Arsan Dr. & Mrs. John E. Cooke Dr. & Mrs. Asher Mr. Bruce W. & Mrs. Kate Cotterman Atlanta Opera Orchestra Players Association Mr. & Mrs. David Courtney Mrs. Elizabeth Bair Mr. & Mrs. Dennis M. Crean Mr. & Mrs. David S. Baker Ms. Delia T. Crouch Mr. & Mrs. Michael Barker Mr. Craig Cuddeback Colonel & Mrs. John V. Barson, D.O. Ms. Ann Cummings Mr. Walter Beamer Mr. David D’Ambrosio Mrs. Allison Beckett Mrs. Jeanne Daniels Daniel & Bethann Berger Carol Comstock & Jim Davis Mr. & Mrs. Matthew H. Bernstein Mr. William A. Davis Ms. Jane Beylouny Mr. Christopher J. Decoufle Mr. Gary Bivins Mr. Louis Delatourdupin Mr. Matt Blackburn Jim & Carol Dew Cynthia & Albert Blackwelder Phillip Diaddigo Mr. & Mrs. Michael Blackwood Ms. Rosemarie Distefano Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal Mr. James Dorsey & Dr. Marjorie Speers Mr. & Mrs. David R. Dye Ms. Martha Bobo Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Eckardt Ms. Melodye G. Brown Janice & Charles M. Edwards III James & Nancy Bross Ms. Paula L. Ellis Mr. Gene B. Brown Ms. Elizabeth R. Etoll Mark & Peg Bumgardner Ms. Barbara Faherty Wilton & Victoria Bunch Ms. Barbara M. Farr


Ms. Ariana B. Fass Joann Felder Mrs. Arnoldo Fiedotin Mike Figura Mrs. Sally Finch Ms. Martha Fineman Dr. & Mrs. Stanley Fineman Dr. & Mrs. Edwin E. Flournoy Ms. Hope Caldwell-Foster Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Friedman Ms. Mozelle Funderburk Mrs. Anda Gadidov Mr. Glen Galbaugh Mr. Kevin Gallagher Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ganz Mary L. Garner Mr. James Gary Ms. Maryanne F. Gaunt Dan & Harriet Gill Mr. & Mrs. Donald Goldstein Dr. & Mrs. Martin Goldstein James C. Goodwyne & Christopher S. Connelly Barbara Govert Mr. William Green Ms. Anne L. Grossman Jim & Virginia Hale Ms. Marilyn M. Hall Mr. Michael Hand Dr. & Mrs. Bannister L. Harbin Ms. Freya Harris Beth Hausmann Mr. Scott Hazleton Mr. William Hazleton & Mrs. Holly Hazleton Dr. Gary Henschen Sarah Hill Mr. Joseph Ho Douglas Hooker & Patrise Perkins Hooker Dr. & Mrs. S. G. Hornsby, Jr. Mrs. Sally Horntvedt Pearlann & Jerry Horowitz Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas C. Howard

ANNUAL GIVING Dr. Karen Kuehn Howell Ms. Jan W. Hughen Mr. Rolf Ingenleuf Mr. James Jackson Mrs. Louise Jackson Robert & Barbara Jackson Stuart Jackson & Robyn Jackson Ms. Annette Janowitz Ms. Brenda D. Jennings Mrs. Mary O. Jensen Ms. Susan Johnston & Mrs. Shannon Motley Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Johnston Ms. Lynne Elliott Jones Ms. Rachel A. Jorgensen Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Juchelka Jane & Bob Kibler Ms. Donna J. Kilgore Dr. Joon Y. Kim & Myong Suk Kim Mr. Allen D. King, Jr. Mr. Emory King Mr. Chris Kitchens Mr. Al Klicius Ms. Caroline B. Klopstock Dr. Rose Mary Kolpatzki Mr. Richard Kranzmann Helen & Steven Kraus Mrs. Emma Lankford Juliette & Andrew Lebor Ms. Mieghan Lewis Sophie Li Mr. Sidney E. Linton Ms. Nancy S. Linzmeyer Richard Lodise & Valerie Jagiella Donna & Trevor Lumb Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Lyttle Mr. David Mackley Ms. Nancy Martin Adair & Joe Massey Katherine B. Maxwell & Michael J. Maxwell Ms. Joey McCraw Ms. Gloria G. McCrory

Michael McDaniel Patricia & Laughlin McDonald Ms. Robin McDonald Cynthia McGill Mrs. Gwendolyn Michel Cindy & Edward Miller Mr. Kenneth A. Miller Mr. Roger Moister, Jr. Judith A. Monsaas Mr. David Moran Mr. & Mrs. George T. Munsterman The Honorable & Mrs. George A. Novak Mr. John Owens Ms. Sandra S. Owens Mr. Joseph M. Pabst Phyllis & Marshall Pace Hyun Park & Morgan Harris Ms. Mary Percy Drs. Frank & Robin Petruzielo *Sharon & Jim Radford Mrs. Karin Radosta Mrs. David A. Reinach Brian & Caroline Rendini Ms. Jean Robertson Mr. John B. Rofrano Mr. & Mrs. John Philip Rogers Mr. Daniel D. Ross Mr. Hervey S. Ross Ms. Linda Rubin Dr. & Mrs. Bruce Sabatino Weslyn A. Samson Dr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Scanlan Crista & Glenn D. Schaab Mr. & Mrs. James Schiwal Mac & Duhi Schneider Mr. Donald Schreiber & Ms. Barbara Seal Ms. Regina Schuber Ms. Gretchen Schulz Ms. Roberta Setzer Carolyn H. Sherman Helga Hazelrig Siegel Mr. Robert L. Silverman Richard Singer & Liz Nazzari

Miss Renee Smiley Maidee & Jim Spencer Mr. Kenneth W. Stegall Mrs. Fred Stewart Mr. & Mrs. Frederick A. Stuart Mr. John Sumrall Barbara & Jon Swann Mr. & Mrs. Evan C. Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Frederick C. Taylor Ms. Virginia S. Taylor Leigh & Jay Telotte Ms. Nancy A. Thomas Mr. & Mrs. William R. Thurman, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Wolfgang Tiedtke Ms. Elizabeth R. Trulock Mr. Michael Vaughn Mrs. Marjorie E. Vaught Mr. Bradley Vernatter Ms. Marylee Vetrano Mrs. Linda P. Vinal Ms. Laura P. Wagner Mrs. Pamela M. Waid Mr. & Mrs. Stephen G. Warner Ms. Parsla A. Welch Mr. & Mrs. T. A. Wessels Mr. & Mrs. Alexander M. Williams Virginia S. Williams Ms. Beth Williamson Ms. Ann D. Winters Mrs. Mary S. Wright Mrs. Loretta C. Wolf Kurt-Alexander Zeller Mr. & Mrs. John Zellner *deceased


CORPORATE PARTNERS $500,000 The Coca-Cola Company $100,000+ Fidelity Southern Corporation Gas South $50,000+ Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta $10,000+ Burberry SAP America, Inc. Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters National Distributing Co., Inc. Tony Brewer & Company, Inc. UBS Financial Services Inc.


$5,000+ Affordable Equity Partners, Inc. Atlantic Trust Indian Hills Country Club Modern Luxury $2,500+ Anonymous Atlanta Botanical Garden Atlanta Food & Wine Festival PNC Wealth Management Wallace Graphics

$1,000+ Amplifii Georgia Dermatology Center Morgan Stanley – Terminus Building Office St. Regis Atlanta $500+ Alliance Theatre

FOUNDATION & GOVERNMENT SUPPORT Listed below are organizations that contributed and/or pledged to The Atlanta Opera between July 1, 2015 and Mar. 10, 2017. FOUNDATIONS $750,000+ The Goizueta Foundation

$20,000+ The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation The Kendeda Fund Wells Fargo Foundation $300,000+ George M. Brown Trust Fund Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank The David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund Family Foundation The Zeist Foundation $150,000+ Livingston Foundation

$10,000+ Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation The Atlanta Foundation $50,000+ Camp-Younts Foundation Atlanta Music Festival Association Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. The Home Depot Foundation Fraser-Parker Foundation The Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. JBS Foundation J. Marshall & Lucile G. Powell Charitable Trust Norfolk Southern Corporation The Sara Giles Moore Foundation Foundation Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc.

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

The Atlanta Opera thanks

F O U N D AT I O N 51

ENCORE CIRCLE The Atlanta Opera established the Encore Circle to recognize donors who have designated The Opera as a beneficiary in their estate plan. Gifts from these individuals ensure our progress for generations to come. Anonymous Mr. & *Mrs. Shepard B. Ansley Mrs. Wallace F. Beard The Bickers Charitable Trust Mr. Montague L. Boyd, IV Ms. Mary D. Bray Mr. Robert Colgin Martha Thompson Dinos The Roy & Janet Dorsey Foundation Arnold & Sylvia Eaves Ms. Dorothy E. Edwards *Heike & Dieter Elsner Ms. Melodi Ford Carl & Sally Gable Peg Simms Gary Mr. & Mrs. Sidney W. Guberman Ms. Judy Hanenkrat Mr. Hilson Hudson *Mrs. Joseph B. Hutchison Mr. J. Carter Joseph Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy Ms. Corina M. LaFrossia Dr. Jill Mabley Mr. & Mrs. John G. Malcolm


Mr. Robert L. Mays Mr. & Mrs. Allen P. McDaniel Mr & Mrs. Jack C. McDowell Mr. & Mrs. Craig N. Miller Miss Helen D. Moffitt Mr. J. Robert Morring Clara M. & John S. O’Shea Mrs. Polly N. Pater Mr. William E. Pennington Mr. Bruce Roth Ms. Hazel Sanger Mr. D. Jack Sawyer, Jr. Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel *Ms. Barbara D. Stewart Dr. Jane T. St. Clair & Mr. James E. Sustman Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Teepen Dr. & Mrs. Harold Whitney *Mrs. Jane S. Willson Rhys T. Wilson Ms. Bunny Winter & Mr. Michael Doyle Mr. Charles R. Yates, Jr. & Mrs. Mary Mitchell Yates *Mr. & *Mrs. Charles R. Yates, Sr. Mr. Allen W Yee, Esq.



IN HONOR OF CATHY CALLAWAY ADAMS Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland

IN MEMORY OF DR. JAMES W. BLAND, JR. Mrs. Laura S. Spearman Mr. Peter James Stelling Dr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Yuschok

IN MEMORY OF MRS. BOYCE L. ANSLEY Mr. & Mrs. Michael Benedict Ms. Terrell Boye Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft III Katherine & Rich D’Amaro Martha Thompson Dinos The Dowd Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Mr. & Mrs. H. Alan Elsas Nancy & Holcombe Green Mr. & Mrs. Sidney W. Guberman Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Hills Mr. & Mrs. W. Barrett Howell, Jr. Mrs. J. C. Hufford Mary & Wayne James Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny Ms. Edna Kennedy Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keough Mrs. T. Harvey Mathis, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Allen P. McDaniel John Hays merson Felton & Mary Norwood Mr. William E. Pennington Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Shafferl, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jim Shepherd Ms. Laura S. Spearman Mr. Peter James Stelling Mrs. Hugh Tarbutton Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor Judith & Mark Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Randall Thomas Mrs. Rebecca Warner Rae & George Weimer Dr. & Mrs. R. Mark Wilkiemeyer Mr. & Mrs. E. Jenner Wood Mr. Allen W. Yee Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland

IN HONOR OF DR. HAROLD BRODY Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland IN HONOR OF JOHN & ROSEMARY BROWN Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland IN HONOR OF BEN DAVIS - FIDELITY BANK Beth Housman IN HONOR OF ROBERT DEAN Mr. Thomas J. Collins & Jeff Holmes IN MEMORY OF RICHARD DIADDIGO Phillip Diaddigo IN HONOR OF ROBERT EDGE Mrs. Eleanor Crosby Leslie Gordon & Blake Leland IN MEMORY OF BETSY HANSEN Harald Hansen IN HONOR OF HOWARD HUNTER Mrs. Sarah Peck


TRIBUTES & MEMORIALS IN MEMORY OF MRS. KATHRYN H. HUTCHISON Mrs. Willilam B. Astrop Mr. & Mrs. George A. Bird Ms. Kelley C. Buttrick Mr. Dan Carithers Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Cohen Mr. Frank Craft Mr. & Mrs. John H. Crawford Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft III Mr. & Mrs. F. Tread Davis, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Mr. Peter J. Giglia Mrs. Carol Goodman J. & Sara Hehir Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Hills Ms. Mary Katherine Hodgson Mr. & Mrs. W. Barret Howell, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Peter Howell Mrs. J. C. Huffard Mr. David Hutchison Mr. & Mrs. Harrison Jones Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny Mr. & Mrs. Jamces C. Kennedy *Mr. & *Mrs. Donald R. Keough E.T. & Louise Laird Mr. & Mrs. John R. Maddox Barbara Martin Mr. Dudley L. Moore Mr. William E. Pennington Mr. & Mrs. Raymond H. Pirtle, Jr. Eden W. Rafshoon Mr. Paul S. Scharff & Mrs. Polly G. Fraser Mrs. Louis Regenstein Dr. Stuart J. Toporoff Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Tuller Mr. & Mrs. Marshall J. Wellborn, Jr. Emily Willingham & Dixon Adair Ms. Gail Wilson Jan & Beattie Wood


IN MEMORY OF CARL KNOBLOCH Rae & George Weimer Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland




IN MEMORY HUGH & PAULA MARX Piedmont National Family Foundation IN HONOR OF JIM MILLER Mr. Andrew Pearson John Pruit IN HONOR OF MARY RUTH MCDONALD Mr. & Mrs. Duncan S. Gray Jr. IN HONOR OF PEGGY & JACK MCDOWELL Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland IN MEMORY OF CECIL O. PHARR, JR. Mr. & Mrs. Mark L. Burdette, Jr. Mrs. Jane Langford Mrs. Debra Sinko IN HONOR OF FAYE POPPER Ms. Catherine Popper & Mr. Noah Eckhouse IN HONOR OF DAPHNE SEVERANCE Mr. Mike Figura IN MEMORY OF MRS. ELEANOR H. STRAIN The Alley Family Virginia J. Lam Ms. Katherine Lawrence Allyna Lee Dr. & Mrs. James Lowman Samantha & William Markle Mary Ruth McDonald Mr. William E. Pennington Rise Pollard Suzanne & Mark Sykes Mrs. Marjorie E. Vaught Rae & George Weimer IN HONOR OF WILLIAM E. TUCKER Triska Drake & G. Kimbrough Taylor Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland

TRIBUTES & MEMORIALS IN MEMORY OF MRS. LORAINE WILLIAMS Mr. & *Mrs. Shepard B. Ansley Mrs. William B. Astrop Greg & Jan Bedol Mr. Dan Carithers Mr. F. H. Boyd Coons Mr. & Mrs. John D. Corse Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Croft III Donald Demba Mrs. Catherine Warren Dukehart Mr. & Mrs. Jamces C. Edenfield Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Edge Janice & Charles M. Edwards III Mr. & Mrs. Clayton H. Farnham Mrs. Dakin B. Ferris Barbara Frey Mr. an Mrs. David A. Galliher Mrs. Carol Goodman Mr. & Mrs. Hix H. Green, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Hills Ms. Katherine D. Horner Mr. & Mr.s W. Barrett Howell, Jr. Mrs. J. C. Huffard Mrs.* Joseph B. Hutchison Dr. & Mrs. Michael M. Johns Mr. Alfred D. Kennedy & Dr. Bill Kenny Mr. & Mrs. James C. Kennedy Mr. & Mrs. Michael Keough *Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Knobloch Ms. Carla Knobloch Ms. Julie Littlejohn Mr. & Mrs. John R. Maddox Ms. Tracy Monk Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Montag Ms. Katie Newsom Mr. William M. Osborne, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Mr. Richard C. Peebles Toni Pentecouteau Piedmont Garden Club Ms. Jean H. Pierce Mrs. Lou Post Mrs. Elizabeth Pritchett Mr. & Mrs. Douglas F. Reid Mr. & Mrs. Lowry Reid Ms. Pam Rollins Mr. Gary W. Rollins

Mr. & Mrs. James S. Rushing Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Mr. Emory A. Schwall Ms. Angela M. Scully Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Shaffer, Jr. Julia Smith Kate Stradtman Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth S. Taratus Thomas & Loarine Williams Foundation Mrs. Rebecca Warner Mrs. Jody Collins Watherly Rae & George Weimer Mr. Allen W. Yee Mr. Tomer Zvulun & Mrs. Susanna Eiland IN MEMORY OF MRS. EUGENIA C. WILSON *Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. IN HONOR OF CHARLES & MARY YATES Dr. David E. Sutherlan II & Mrs. Sarah F. Yates Sutherland IN MEMORY OF MRS. DOROTHY YATES Mr. Larry Lynch IN HONOR OF ALLEN YEE Ms. Heather Karellas IN HONOR OF MAYA ZVULUN Mr. & Mrs. Wayne James IN HONOR OF TOMER ZVULUN & SUSANNA EILAND Mrs. Shirley Powell




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


Mr. Bryan H. Barnes 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 Ms. Bernadette Faber Dr. Donald J. Filip Mr. Kevin Greiner Mrs. Joanne Chesler Gross Mr. Howard W. Hunter Mr. William C. Hyde


Mrs. Nancy Carter Bland The Very Reverend Samuel G. Candler Mr. Dieter Elsner Mr. Carl I. Gable, Jr. Mrs. Nancy Hall Green Mrs. Mary B. James Mr. Carter Joseph Mrs. Emily Knobloch 56

Mr. Gregory F. Johnson Mr. Kevin Kelly Mr. Alfred Kennedy, Jr. Mr. Michael Keough Mr. George Levert Mr. Andrew Long Mr. James B. Miller Mr. William E. Pennington Mr. Herbert J. Rosenberg Mr. Charles Sharbaugh Mr. Timothy E. Sheehan Christine St.Clare Mr. G. Kimbrough Taylor, Jr. Ms. Bunny Winter Mr. Allen W. Yee

Mrs. Peggy McDowell Mr. Harmon “Sandy” B. Miller, III Mr. Bruce A. Roth Mr. J. Barry Schrenk Mr. Mark K. Taylor Mr. Thomas R. Williams Mr. Robert G. Woodruff

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 Jane S. Willson Mrs. Loraine P. Williams

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Concession stands are located in the center of the lobbies on all three levels. Food and beverage items are prohibited inside the theater. Thank you for your cooperation.


Restrooms are located on house right and house left of all three lobbies. Family restrooms are also located on house right of all three lobbies. Mobility-impaired patrons may use any of our restrooms.


There are 1,000 parking spaces available at $6 per car. Valet service is available for $10. Please be sure to allow enough time for travel to the theater and parking as there is no late seating.

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.



• 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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