MacHeath is back in town.

The Atlanta Opera’s Molly Blank Big Tent series returns to the grounds of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center with two new world premiere adaptations, a flamenco-style The Threepenny Carmen, based on Bizet’s masterwork and audience favorite, and The Threepenny Opera, a reduction of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s “play with music.” Playing in repertory, they run through May 9 and will be filmed for release on Spotlight Media, the Opera’s digital streaming service.

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Threepenny Opera

Threepenny Carmen

About the shows

For both shows, the Big Tent will be transformed into The Threepenny Bar, a bawdy East Texas barroom where the barstools are filled with thieves, hustlers, lovers and fools. Atlanta theater icon Tom Key has featured speaking roles in both productions.  

Simmering jealousies boil over in a new adaptation of The Threepenny Opera by Zvulun in partnership with The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. The Threepenny Opera, performed under the baton of conductor Francesco Milioto, is sung in English with English narration and supertitles.

Hanging on a love triangle with the enchanting gypsy Carmen at its center, The Threepenny Carmen is a new adaptation by Zvulun and internationally acclaimed conductor Jorge Parodi and featuring flamenco superstar Sonia Olla. This show will be sung in French with English narration and supertitles.

About those tickets…

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 404-881-8885.  Tickets will be sold in both two-person pairs and the popular 4-person “pods” from the fall Big Tent Series, with prices ranging from $25 to $110 per person.  Limited, $25 “standing room only” tickets will be available for select performances.  Availability is limited due to capacity constraints and distancing requirements.

Visit to learn about the health and safety measures, performance times, and more.

Photo credit: Ken Howard

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A theatre aficionado with a passion for telling people's stories, Sally Henry Fuller is a performing arts journalist. She has had the privilege of interviewing both local theatre professionals and multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Williams, Josh Gad, and Taylor Hicks. With theatre journalism experience since 2011, her work has also been featured on, the Huffington Post, and the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.

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