The Atlanta Opera To Bring Free Performances To Local Elementary Schools

By David Salazar

The Atlanta Opera continues its mission to bring opera to the next generation, announcing that it will team with The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) to bring a series of free opera performances to four elementary schools along the Atlanta Beltline.

The performances will be of “The Barber of Seville” and will be funded by a Collaborative Innovation Grant given to the two organizations by The Home Depot Foundation and Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Performances are set for Oct. 15 at the Barack & Michelle Obama Academy, Oct. 16 at the Parkside Elementary School, Oct. 18 at the Finch Elementary School, and Oct. 19 at the M. Agnes Jones Elementary School. There will also be a free community performance on Oct. 20.

“Atlanta Public Schools is so excited to continue our musical relationship with The Atlanta Opera this year by bringing ‘The Barber of Seville’ to four schools on the BeltLine,” said Sara Womack, Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator for Atlanta Public Schools. We are so appreciative of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and The Atlanta Opera for offering this experience to our students, who might not otherwise be exposed to the greatness of opera.”

“Each year The Atlanta Opera reaches over 20,000 students through our educational programming. Partners like the Atlanta Beltline Partnership and Atlanta Public Schools are instrumental to our education program’s growth,” added the Atlanta Opera’s Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun. “We are excited to continue the ‘Belting on the Beltline’ series with free performances for APS schools and for the community at Historic Fourth Ward Park.”