Although opera in Atlanta predates Sherman’s march to the sea, the Atlanta Opera began in 1979. Originally the Atlanta Civic Opera, it was renamed in 1985 during a reorganization. Between 1995 and 2003 the company performed in the 4518-seat Fox Theatre, the country’s largest indoor operatic venue, a Moorish-themed national historic landmark.
Today the Atlanta Opera stages four operas annually at the Cobb Energy Centre, with no seat more than 160 feet from the stage. The works—one “new,” one “family”, and two “standards”—are presented in two “mini-seasons, a pair each in the fall and spring. The company attracts the finest international, national, and regional singers, conductors, stage directors, and designers.
The opera’s far-reaching education programs—to which nearly nine percent of the company’s operating budget is devoted and which reach tens of thousands of young people—include Opera Family Days (short opera and several activities), Student Shorts (fully mounted abridged operas), opera workshops, and a touring show. The opera also offers helpful online resources such as an Opera Glossary and a “First Time Expectations” guide that discusses myths about opera-going.
Atlanta Opera Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (a 6-minute walk from bus 12 at Cobb Parkway SE/Riverwood Parkway)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Four productions and 16 performances per season
- Ticket Prices: $27.50–$133.50
- Subscriptions: Four-opera subscriptions cost $99–$538. Subscribers receive exclusive deals around town, subscriber prices on additional tickets, and flexible ticket exchange policy
- Membership: Friend (up to $349); Supporter ($350–$499); Sustainer ($500–$999); Chorus ($1,000–$2,499); Principal ($2,500–$4,999); Conductor ($5,000–$9,999); Composer ($10,000+). Depending on level, member benefits include a subscription to the Opera E-Newsletter; invitations to the Pre-Opera Talks; access to Opera 101; recognition in program books; invitations to the Behind-the-Scenes Reception; advance purchase of single tickets; invitations to selected Education events; a personal tour of The Atlanta Opera Center; and more.