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Atlanta Opera announces 2010-2011 season

FROM THE ATLANTA OPERA – The Atlanta Opera’s Zurich General Director Dennis Hanthorn announced today the details of the company’s 2010-2011 season, its fourth in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The Atlanta Opera’s new season, featuring Puccini’s beloved “La bohème,” Gershwin’s American classic “Porgy and Bess,” and Mozart’s funny and poignant “Così fan tutte,” will be presented October 2, 2010 through April 17, 2011.

Season tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices for a full, 3-opera subscription range from $75 to $459 plus handling. To purchase, visit www.atlantaopera.org or call 404-881-8885 or 1-800-35-OPERA (Mon-Fri, 9 am–5 pm). Single tickets, starting at $25, will go on sale in September.

The Atlanta Opera opens its 2010-2011 season at the Cobb Energy Centre on October 2, with Giacomo Puccini’s beloved La bohème. This incomparable opera classic tells the tale of six penniless artists full of idealism, beauty and unbridled love. Their harsh encounter with the realities of life is heart-wrenching. Italian soprano Grazia Doronzio sings Mimi with the role of the lovely and coy Musetta being sung by soprano Jan Cornelius. Mimi’s love Rodolfo is sung by tenor Bryan Hymel. Rodolfo’s friends Colline and Schaunard are sung by bass Matthew Curran and baritone Andrew Garland, respectively. Gregory Vajda, who led The Atlanta Opera Orchestra in the 2008 production of “Cinderella,” returns to conduct.

The second opera in The Atlanta Opera’s 2010-2011 season is George Gershwin’s American classic Porgy and Bess with performances on February 26, March 1, 4 and 6, 2011. Set in Charleston, Porgy and Bess depicts the people of Catfish Row struggling with hard work and tough times and yearning for a better life and great love. Porgy and Bess features some of the most popular tunes in opera including the lullaby “Summertime”. Bess will be sung by soprano Laquita Mitchell, who recently sang the role with San Francisco Opera. Clara will be sung by Thomasville native soprano NaGuanda Nobles. Atlanta native baritone Michael Redding sings Porgy and the role of Sportin’ Life will be sung by Chauncey Packer, who debuted in that role in the Atlanta Opera’s 2005 Porgy and Bess production and recently sang it at San Francisco Opera. The Atlanta Opera Chorus, which is prominently featured in Porgy and Bess, was widely acclaimed for its 2008 European performances in Paris’ Opéra-Comique touring production of the work. Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart will make his Atlanta Opera debut conducting The Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Chorus and cast.

The Atlanta Opera closes its 2010-2011 season with Mozart’s funny and poignant Così fan tutte on April 9, 12, 15 and 17, 2011. Mozart’s brilliant masterpiece tells the story of two officers who boast of their girlfriends’ faithfulness, only to have a clever friend put it to the test. Disguises, charades, mischief, and heartbreak result, but in the end, all are much wiser in the ways of love. The two sisters, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, will be sung by soprano Keri Alkema and University of Georgia graduate mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway, respectively. Soprano Kiera Duffy, who recently appeared on the Atlanta Opera stage in “Akhnaten,” sings Despina, and tenor Matthew Plenk sings the role of Ferrando. Both Duffy and Plenk are featured in the Metropolitan Opera’s behind-the-scenes documentary, “The Audition.” The scheming Don Alfonso will be sung by bass Jason Hardy. Making their Atlanta Opera debuts, Argentine Jose Maria Condemi will stage direct and Metropolitan Opera conductor Kazem Abdullah will lead The Atlanta Opera Orchestra.

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