Liv Redpath, Iestyn Davies, George Gagnidze & Long Long Lead Atlanta Opera’s 2023-24 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Atlanta Opera has announced its 2023-24 season featuring six productions.

All productions will be filmed for release on The Atlanta Opera’s Spotlight Media platform. The streaming platform is just one of the creative ways The Atlanta Opera rose to the occasion of the pandemic with innovations of lasting value and importance to future operations. It was, in part, these innovations – highlighted by PBS NewsHour in a TV broadcast feature story entitled, “The show will go on! Performing arts pivot during the pandemic” – that left the company an industry leader in terms of growth.

The season opens with Paul Moravec’s “The Shining,” with a libretto by Mark Campbell based on the iconic 1977 novel by Stephen King. The opera will feature Kearstin Piper Brown and Kelly Kaduce sharing the role of Wendy Torrance, with Aubrey Allicock as Dick Hallorann. Brian Staufenbiel directs.

Performance Dates: Sept. 15–Oct. 1, 2023

The Atlanta Opera Discoveries series brings the opera-film “Frankenstein.” Composer-conductor Michael Shapiro wrote the score for this operatic adaptation of James Whale’s 1931 film version of Mary Shelley’s horror classic.

Performance Date: Oct 28, 2023

The Atlanta Opera’s mainstage season begins with Verdi’sRigoletto,” directed by Tomer Zvulun in a co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Dallas Opera. George Gagnidze portrays the title role with Korean tenor Won Whi Choi, as the Duke of Mantua, and Jasmine Habersham as Gilda. Roberto Kalb conducts the production.

Performance Dates: Nov. 4–12, 2023

Puccini’s “La Bohème” will star tenor Long Long as Rodolfo, Zachary Nelson in the role of Marcello, young soprano Madison Leonard as Musetta, and Christian Simmons as Colline. Jonathan Brandani will conduct the production.

Performance Dates: Jan. 20–28, 2024

Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is set to star Iestyn Davies, Liv Redpath, Megan Marino, Kevin Burdette, Susanne Burgess, Luke Sutliff, and Kameron Lopreore. Louis Lohraseb conducts.

Performance Dates: March 2–10, 2024

Greer Grimsley headlines Wagner’s Die Walküre alongside Wendy Bryn Harmer as Brünnhilde and Russian-American tenor Viktor Antipenko as Siegmund. Tomer Zvulun directs and Arthur Fagen conducts.

Performance Dates: April 27–May 5, 2024