Michael Mayes to Star & Co-Direct ‘Glory Denied’ at The Atlanta Opera

By David Salazar

The Atlanta Opera is set to perform Tom Cipullo’s “Glory Denied” starting on May 21, 2020 as part of its Discoveries Series and Atlanta Opera Veterans Program.

The work, which closes the company’s 40th anniversary season, will be directed by The Atlanta Opera’s Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, with Michael Mayes taking on the role of Col. Jim Thompson; Mayes will also co-direct. Kelly Kaduce, John Riesen, and Maria Valdes will also perform.

Joshua Horsch will conduct the production, which will run through May 24 at the Hertz Stage at The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.

“Opera – all arts, for that matter – exist to connect with different people and communities. The Atlanta Opera Veterans Program initiative is a part of our effort to connect with our veterans, tell their stories, invite them in and thank them for their service to our country,” said Zvulun in a press statement. “I can’t think of a better way to close out our 40th year of bringing opera to Atlanta.”