Jessica Nuccio & Santiago Ballerini Headline Atlanta Opera’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Atlanta Opera has announced its 2020-21 season celebrating its 41st anniversary.

As part of this new season, the company will also introduce a new partnership with two local institutions, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the LGBTQIA+ community-focused Out Front Theatre Company.

The season opens with Puccini’s “La Bohème” starring Jessica Nuccio in her U.S. debut with Timothy Myers conducting the production by Tomer Zvulun.

Performance Dates: Nov 7–15, 2020

The season will continue with Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Theo Hoffman in the title role, Santiago Ballerini, and Stephanie Lauricella. Arthur Fagen conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan 23–31, 2021

The Discoveries series opens with the Southeast premiere of Tomer Zvulun’s brand new production of “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.” The Mason Bates and Mark Campbell opera will star John Moore in the title role. The production will also feature sets and costumes by Jacob Climer and projections by S. Katy Tucker

Performance Dates: Feb 11–14, 2021

The company will continue its annual commitment to showcasing great operatic voices in musical theater. This season the company will present a new production of “The Sound of Music” from director Francesca Zambello. Joseph Colaneri leads the production with a cast to announced.

Performance Dates:  March 6–14, 2021

The second event in the 2020-21 Discoveries series is the Atlanta premiere of the critically acclaimed chamber opera “As One” by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and transgender filmmaker-librettist Kimberly Reed.

It makes its first Atlanta appearances at the Out Front Theatre Company, launching a new partnership between The Atlanta Opera and the venue, the Southeast’s center for LGBTQIA+ theater. The cast and creative team will be announced later.

Performance Dates: March 26–April 3, 2021

The final production of the season will be Tomer Zvulun’s new production of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold.” This will be the beginning of a Ring Project for Atlanta which will bring “Die Walküre” in 2021-22. The cast will include Melody Moore, Richard Cox, Nathan Berg, Meredith Arwady, and Maria Zifchak. Maestro Patrick Summers will conduct.

Performance Dates: May 1–9, 2021