The Atlanta Opera’s 2020-21 season will bring three new productions, a southeast premiere, new partnerships, and more!

In the words of Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun:

“The coming season represents a real milestone for us. Combining expansion, collaboration with local and national organizations, and a deep commitment to breathing fresh life into new works and operatic masterpieces, our five-year strategic plan is finally coming to fruition.

We are capitalizing on the success of our recent new productions of Salome and The Flying Dutchman to create a brand new interpretation of Das Rheingold, presenting an important new production of The Sound of Music from our frequent collaborators at the Glimmerglass Festival and Houston Grand Opera, and partnering with Austin Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City to produce a new take on a recent masterpiece that has already won a Grammy: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. This powerful new piece will be presented at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech as part of a two-year collaborative initiative with the university.

Our Discoveries series is presenting a bold production of the critically acclaimed chamber opera As One, a transgender woman’s story of self-discovery, and we round out our season with fresh interpretations of two great blockbusters, La bohème and The Barber of Seville. We are thrilled to have been able to attract some very prominent conductors and vocal stars. Through our successful fundraising initiatives and a significant increase in attendance, the city of Atlanta and our board of directors have proven that they are completely behind our vision of reimagining opera. We are well on the way to fulfilling our mission of bringing this major city the major opera company it deserves.”

More about the 2020-21 season productions:

La bohème
Puccini // Nov 7, 10, 13 & 15
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Conductor: Timothy Myers
Director: Tomer Zvulun
Set Design: Erhard Rom
Costume Design:Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design:Robert Wierzel
Mimì: Jessica Nuccio, soprano (U.S. debut)

The Barber of Seville
Rossini // Jan 23, 26, 29 &31
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Conductor: Arthur Fagen
Director: Michael Shell
Count Almaviva: Santiago Ballerini, tenor
Rosina: Stephanie Lauricella, mezzo-soprano (house debut)
Figaro: Theo Hoffman, baritone

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (new production; southeast premiere)
Mason Bates // Feb 11-14
Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech
Discoveries Series

A co-production with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Austin Opera
Conductor: Michael Christie (house debut)
Director: Tomer Zvulun
Set and Costume Design: Jacob Climer
Projection Design: S. Katy Tucker
Steve Jobs: John Moore, baritone

The Sound of Music (new production)
Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II // March 6, 9, 12 & 14
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

A Glimmerglass Festival and Houston Grand Opera co-production
Conductor: Joseph Colaneri
Director: Francesca Zambello
Associate Director & Choreographer: Eric Sean Fogel
Set Design: Peter J. Davison
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

As One
Laura Kaminsky // March 26, 28; April 1 & 3
Out Front Theatre
Discoveries Series 
Presented in partnership with Out Front Theatre Company

Das Rheingold (new production)
Wagner // May 1, 4, 7 & 9
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Conductor: Patrick Summers
Director: Tomer Zvulun
Scenic and projections design: Erhard Rom
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel
Costume Design: Mattie Ullrich
Loge: Richard Cox, tenor
Fricka: Maria Zifchak, mezzo-soprano (role debut)
Freia: Melody Moore, soprano
Alberich: Nathan Berg, bass-baritone
Erda: Meredith Arwardy, contralto