B87bYyaCQAA2UjQThe Atlanta Opera’s 2015-16 season will grow to five productions, instead of the usual four, and include a new series titled Atlanta Opera Discoveries.

Atlanta Opera Discoveries is intended to showcase innovative contemporary works and rarely presented gems. The inaugural season will feature a theatrical version of Schubert’s famed song cycle Winterreise and David T. Little’s Soldier Songs in its Southeast premiere.

Three titles — La bohème, The Pirates of Penzance, and Romeo and Juliet — will play the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The two titles in the Discoveries series will play at one or more of the metro area’s theaters.



La bohème. Opening Oct. 3. Four performances. Puccini’s most famous opera follows the lives and loves of four friends across the rooftops of Paris. It was, of course, the inspiration for the Broadway musical Rent. In Italian with English subtitles.

The Pirates of Penzance. Opening March 5, 2016. Four performances. Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera of romance on the high seas is being seen for the first time on The Atlanta Opera stage. In English.

Romeo and Juliet. Opening May 7, 2016. Four performances. Not seen here since 2007, Charles Gounod’s telling, though set in Verona, is seen through a French romantic lens.



Winterreise. Opening in September with dates and locations TBA. Franz Schubert’s famed song cycle, which translates to Winter Journey, features baritone David Adam Moore in a semi-staged production with projections and multimedia designs. In German with English subtitles.

Soldier Songs. Opening in November to coincide with Veterans Day. Southeastern premiere. This evening-length multimedia event combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music and animation. It’s composed by American David T. Little and features baritone Matthew Worth. The libretto is based on interviews with veterans of five wars.

For details or to buy or renew season subscriptions, go HERE or call 404.881.8801.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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