By Pierre Ruhe
For the AJC
Atlanta Opera celebrates its 30th year with two milestones. It’s the company’s first venture into “early music” — into an era of opera history that predates Mozart and requires a more concentrated style of musical performance and, perhaps, of listening. The other signal event is the Atlanta Opera debut of superstar countertenor David Daniels, a singer at the pinnacle of his international career — and a lifelong Braves fan — who moved to a condo on Peachtree Street a couple of years ago and made Atlanta home.
The work is Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice, ” an 85-minute masterpiece drawn from Greek tragedy. The title hero at the 1762 world premiere was a castrato and it’s a role Daniels calls one of his two all-time favorites.
The role “fits my voice perfectly, ” said the singer, whose range encompasses about the same territory as a female mezzo-soprano’s. “I find the music completely beautiful and emotional and titillating. The scene