General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun’s production of The Flying Dutchman starring Jay Hunter Morris opens the season

Highlights include a world premiere by Jake Heggie, Tony winner Shuler Hensley as Sweeney Todd, and an expanded Discoveries series

New York, NY: In the coming season, The Atlanta Opera will showcase its vision as a regional leader in the arts through innovative, theatrical productions of diverse works. The 2017-18 season will also feature the first fully staged performances of Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness, in TAO’s fourth consecutive season offering a contemporary work by an American composer.

“In 2017-18, we will collaborate with visionary theatrical and visual artists to ensure that everyone who comes through our doors can have a transformative experience,” says General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun. “We will also perform 50 percent of our season in English, ensuring that newcomers to opera have a welcoming introduction.”

“This season, we are focusing on the theme of ‘The Outsider,’ with programming that responds to our present moment, where so many communities feel on the fringe. This will include both contemporary stories and timeless works that resonate today.”

Centering on opera’s fascinating outsider characters, the mainstage season opens November 4 with Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, in a new production by Zvulun, followed by Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. With these productions, TAO celebrates its 10th anniversary at the stunning, acoustically superior Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

The Discoveries Series returns in the fall for its fourth season. In response to quickly sold-out spring 2017 productions, this season will feature an expanded number of performances. The series includes Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, directed by Serenbe Playhouse Artistic Director Brian Clowdus, and the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain, directed by Zvulun and starring Theatrical Outfit Artistic Director Tom Key.


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