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April 2, 2012

Of Arias and Grande Jetés

Atlanta Ballet and the Atlanta Opera Announce Provocative New Works for 2012-13

By By Nancy Staab

  • Ballet photos by Charlie McCullers
  • Carmen photo by J.D. Scott; La Traviata opera photo by Tim Wilkerson; Italian Girl in Algiers photos courtesy of Santa Fe Opera

Atlanta Ballet exceeds its capital campaign goals and welcomes a season of traditional favorites and boldly innovative works, including Cinderella, Dracula back by popular demand, and a modern new version of Carmina Burana; while Atlanta Opera ushers in some hot-blooded works such as Carmen, La Traviata, and a re-imagined version of The Italian Girl of Algiers.

The Atlanta Ballet Capital Campaign Exceeds Its Goals

Atlanta Ballet kicked off its Director’s Circle luncheon with some resounding good news. Board Director Alan Nelson and Campaign co-chairs Lynda Courts (a former Atlanta Ballet member) and Tommy Holder announced that Atlanta Ballet’s capital campaign culminated in $20.7 million, far exceeding its goal of $14.8 million. Some of this windfall came via a recent $2 million dollar gift from the Goizeuta Foudation, the ballet’s second largest gift in its history. And another significant donation, the ballet’s largest, came in the form of $4 million from Chris and Merry Carlos on behalf of the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation. Much of this gift went toward the Ballet’s sparkling new LEED certified headquarters, the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, named after Chris’s late father.  Other key donors included Audrey B. Morgan, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Mabel Dom Reeder Foundation, the late Mrs. Laura Smith, The Holder Construction Foundation and Atlanta Ballet trustee Patti Wallace. A new campaign goal was set of $4million by 2014, which would go towards such things as an intimate black box theater, a fully funded endowment, expansion of the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory program and the recruitment of world-renowned choreographers and works to Atlanta Ballet.

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The Atlanta Ballet 2012-13 Season

Speaking of world-renowned choreographers and works, the Atlanta Ballet’s Artistic Director John McFall has announced a new season rife with innovative and exciting works as well as beloved classics like The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Highlights include the return of Dracula just in time for Valentine’s Day, world-renowned choregrapher Ohad Naharin (hand-picked by the legendary Martha Graham to study at Julliard when a  young student) presenting New Choreographic Voices with Gina Patterson and the North American premiere of a stunningly modern version of Carmina Burana by the gifted David Bintley, which McFall calls “THE distinctive version of this work,” while one of the dancers likens it to “a rock concert for classical music.”


December 7-26, 2012 | The Fabulous Fox Theatre
Live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra


CINDERELLA (One-hour Family Performance)
January 4-6, 2013 | NEW VENUE: Gwinnett Performing Arts Center
February 16-17, 2013 | Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


DRACULA (Full-evening Ballet)
February 8–16, 2013 | Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra


Featuring Atlanta Ballet premieres by choreographers Ohad Naharin and Gina Patterson
March 22-24, 2013 | Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


David Bintley’s Carmina Burana (Full-evening Ballet)
North American Premiere
April 12–14, 2013 | Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the Georgia State University Singers


Love Stories (Mixed Repertory)
May 10–12, 2013 | Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


The Corps de Ballet Luncheon, chaired by Corrie Johnson and Christian Wojcik, will be held Sept. 24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. The Atlanta Ballet Ball will be held Feb. 23 at the St. Regis Atlanta.

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Atlanta Opera Announces Its 2012-13 Season and a New "My Opera" Custom, Donor Benefits Program

Romance, tragedy and innovation define the new season of opera with the sultry season opener Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s beloved opera of a fallen woman La Traviata, and the premiere of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers reimagined in the 1930’s with the heroine as a fearless aviator who wanders through a fairytale “pop-up book” set.

Atlanta Opera General Director Dennis Hanthorn also announced a new donor benefits program, "My Opera," in which donors at all levels can choose from a full menu of benefits usually reserved for higher level donors. In addition, at the Platinum level of $2,500, each donor will be provided with a MyOpera Concierege--a dedicated Atlanta Opera staffer assigned to them to assist in choosing and administering their benefits. 


Here’s all the lyrical details of this year's season of perfomrances per The Atlanta Opera:


Carmen Carmen


Saturday, November 10 at 8 pm
Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 16 at 8 pm
Sunday, November 18 at 3 pm

Music by Georges Bizet

"The Atlanta Opera opens its 2012-2013 season with Bizet’s classic, Carmen. Set in sultry Spain, the opera traces Don José’s ill-fated attraction to the alluring gypsy, Carmen. When Carmen casts off her ardent lover for the handsome toreador, Escamillo, José’s intense jealousy turns to vengeance and dooms the fiery romance to a tragic end. Carmen is full of sizzling opera hits, including the famous “Habañera” and the irresistible Toreador’s song."


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La Traviata

Saturday, March 2 at 8 pm

Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 8 at 8 pm
Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

"In celebration of the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, the Atlanta Opera’s second opera of the 2012-2013 season will be the tale of opera’s most beloved “fallen woman,” La traviata. Based on La dame aux Camélias(1852), a play adapted from a novel by Alexandre Dumas, Verdi’s La traviata tells the story of Violetta, a worldly courtesan who is forced to give up the love of her life in this tale of lavish revelry, family strife, unfortunate misunderstanding and selfless sacrifice. La traviata is a treasured classic overflowing with memorable music. Both longtime opera lovers and first-timers will be touched by this romantic tragedy."


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The Italian Girl in Algiers

Saturday, April 27 at 8 pm

Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 3 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 5 at 3 pm

Music by Gioachino Rossini

"In the spring of 2013, The Atlanta Opera will present Rossini’s bel canto opera The Italian Girl in Algiers for the first time. Directed by internationally acclaimed German stage director Chris Alexander in his Atlanta Opera debut, this production will be set in the 1930’s. The production re-imagines Isabella as an aviator and features a “pop-up book” set, through which audiences will be transported to a fairy tale landscape. In this whimsical, madcap adventure, Isabella is captured by an Algerian ruler who dreams of adding an Italian wife to his harem. Once imprisoned, Isabella turns the tables and rescues the man of her dreams."


“A Night in Seville,” Atlanta Opera Ball 2012, will take place Sept. 15 at St. Regis Atlanta. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1, 2012.  For tickets call 404.591.2928. This year’s chair is Heather Flint and the honorary chair is Jane Wilson.

All Atlanta Opera performances will take place at Cobb Energy Centre. Season tickets are on sale now at

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