February 10, 2013
On Stage 2013-14: Faust Makes a Deal with the Devil to South Park’s Mega-Musical “Book of Mormon”
THIS JUST IN: Atlanta Opera and Broadway in Atlanta Announce Sensational New Shows for 2013-14
By Nancy Staab
From melodrama to comic opera, Atlanta Opera brings the classics “Tosca,” “Faust” and “The Barber of Seville” to life in its new season; while Broadway in Atlanta ushers in the sure-to-sell-out musical from the South Park creators, “The Book of Mormon,” and other showstoppers such as “Once,” “Evita” and “The Lion King.”
Tosca, Faust, and The Barber of Seville Comprise Atlanta Opera’s 2013-2014 Season
The season leads off with Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca (October 5, 8, 11, 13, 2013). Tosca is an opera full of lies, lust, and corruption. Amid the bloodshed of revolutionary Rome, the diva Tosca becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover, Cavaradossi, and the scheming of a treacherous police chief, Scarpia, who will stop at nothing in his lust for her. Set to Puccini’s intensely passionate music, this gripping melodrama is quintessential opera and presents the composer’s most varied and interesting soprano role. Tosca will be performed in Italian with projected English translations.
In March, The Atlanta Opera will present Charles Gounod’s Faust (March 8, 11, 14, 16, 2014). Faust first premiered in Paris in 1859. Gounod’s operatic retelling of the famous legend, loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play of the same name, is a haunting tale of the struggle between good and evil. Set in 16th century Germany, an elderly scholar sells his soul to the devil Méphistophélès for a chance to seduce the beautiful and innocent Marguerite. Faust will be performed in French with projected English translations. Faust will be played by rising star Noah Stewart, who has a Harlem to Royal Opera career story.
The season concludes with The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia) on April 26, 29 and May 2 and 4, 2014. Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa is presented in two acts and takes place in Seville, Spain during the 17th century. Considered one of the funniest in the opera buffa genre, The Barber of Seville tells the story of the wily barber Figaro as he aids Count Almaviva in wooing the radiant maiden, Rosina. With masterful disguises and hilarious antics, romance unfurls right under the nose of an aghast Dr. Bartolo, who is intent on marrying Rosina himself. The Barber of Seville will be performed in Italian with projected English translations.
All performances will take place at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The 2013-2014 season will be the first under the helm of the Atlanta Opera’s new general director, expected to be named in April 2013. For tickets and info visit www.atlantaopera.org
Announced: The 2013 Atlanta Opera Ball: “Puccini’s Palazzo”
The Atlanta Opera Ball 2013 with the theme “Puccini’s Palazzo”will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead. The evening will be themed after the season’s opening production, Tosca, and will feature a gourmet dinner, dancing, and luxury items in the silent and live auctions. This year’s ball chairs are Chris Casey and Doug Weiss. Currently available for purchase are table-level sponsorships at $3,500 and patron-level sponsorships at $1,500. Single tickets are $350 per person and will be available August 1, 2013.
To learn more about The Atlanta Opera Ball or to purchase tickets, please contact Allison DeNiro at 404-591-2928 or visit www.atlantaopera.org
“The Book of Mormon” Anchors the “Broadway in Atlanta” Season 2013-2014 at The Fox
The programming for “Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta” Season 2013-14, just announced for Fox Theatre, includes some of Broadway’s most acclaimed musicals. The centerpiece of the upcoming season is Broadway sensation “The Book of Mormon” Jan. 29-Feb.8, 2014. From the creators of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards, “The Book of Mormon” was hailed by The New York Times as “the best musical of this century,” while Entertainment Weekly calls it “the funniest musical of all time.”
Other shows in the lineup include:
Ghost: The Musical (Nov. 5-10, 2013), Once (March 4-9, 2014), Disney’s The Lion King (April 10-27, 2014), Green Day’s American Idiot (Week of April 28, 2014) and Evita (June 3-8, 2014)
Season packages are now on sale with prices ranging from $199-$559 for all six shows at 1.800.278.4447. Individual tickets to shows for the 2013-2014 season to on sale to the general public 8-12 weeks prior to the opening night. For more info visit: atlanta.broadway.com