EarRelevant Staff | 07 OCT 2020
ATLANTA– On Tuesday afternoon The Atlanta Opera announced its fall Big Tent Concert Series comprised of three new, live concerts woven into the schedule of the company’s productions of Pagliacci and The Kaiser of Atlantis, which run from late October into mid-November. The concerts are all planned by and featuring The Atlanta Opera Company Players and Glynn Studio Players.
In the press release, mezzo-soprano and Company Player Megan Marino commented that “This is the time to be ourselves and to create projects simply for the love of music with colleagues we adore. The pandemic has provided us with a chance to step back and reflect on what motivates us as artists. Rediscovering not only operatic repertoire, but the Great American Songbook, bluegrass and other genres, and being able to share that with audiences again. It’s a privilege.”
Marino, along with tenor Brian Vu and soprano Jasmine Habersham, are all previous winners of The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music’s prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition. They will be joined by Susanne Burgess, Gabrielle Beteag, Joshua Conyers, and Richard T. Smagur for an evening of Kurt Weill’s songs on October 27.
The second performance, on November 10, features the four acclaimed mezzo sopranos of The Atlanta Opera Company and Studio Players, Jamie Barton, Gabrielle Beteag, Daniela Mack, and Megan Marino.
The final performance takes to America’s musical Crossroads, with a concert spanning multiple genres and featuring the Company and Studio players in both singing and instrumental roles. Players will share their favorite bluegrass, gospel, blues, and other American standards on November 15.
All performances start at 7:30 and will last approximately one hour without intermission under the lights of The Atlanta Opera Big Tent at Oglethorpe University’s Hermance Stadium on Anderson Field. Tickets go on sale for these concerts October 6, and, like the pair of opera productions, start at $149 for a personal, socially-distanced pod of up to four people. Audience capacity is limited to 240 people per performance. Tickets are available at atlantaopera.org or by calling 404-881-8885 (M-F).
The 2020 Atlanta Opera Big Tent Concert Series
- October 27: Mack The Knife – An Evening of Kurt Weill Songs
The collaboration between theatrical innovator Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill is legendary. This concert features songs from their biggest hit, The Threepenny Opera, plus other tuneful selections written by Weill. Players Jasmine Habersham, Brian Vu and Megan Marino are all winners of The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music’s prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition.
- November 10: Mezzo Extravaganza
A celebration of those who sing at the sultry end of the treble musical staff. Mezzos Jamie Barton, Gabrielle Beteag, Daniela Mack, and Megan Marino have planned an evening of operatic favorites and explorations of great mezzo-soprano repertoire.
- November 15: Crossroads – A Variety Show
If you loved 2017’s Opera to Opry featuring the one and only Michael Mayes, you’ll adore this latest creative showcase. As multitalented singers and instrumentalists, the Players will perform bluegrass, gospel, blues, and other American standards for a casual good time of unforgettable tunes.
For further information, visit atlantaopera.org ■