The Atlanta Opera Extends Contract With Orchestra

By Nicole Kuchta

The Atlanta Opera has announced that it has extended its contract with The Atlanta Opera Orchestra through the end of the 2023-24 season. The existing contract expired this past July.

“The orchestra has been a critical partner in the growth of the company from 12 performances in 2013 to 32 performances in 2019,” shares Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun in a press release. “The positive relationship that we have established with the musicians in the past few years has evolved and deepened to become a real partnership. We had a respectful and collegial negotiation process this summer, which resulted in a five year agreement. This agreement will allow us to improve and strengthen our artistic operations, while keeping the stability and financial health of the Opera in mind.”

“The musicians are pleased to have reached this long-term agreement through a process that was straightforward, fair, and productive,” principal violist and chair of the musician’s negotiating committee William Johnston comments. “We look forward to contributing to the continued success of The Atlanta Opera by delivering performances of the highest quality to our loyal audiences.”

The Atlanta Opera will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this season. The company is set to present four main stage operas at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, beginning with Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” this November. The Discoveries series will kick off next month will Robert Xavier Rodriguez’ fantastical theater piece “Frida.”