The Atlanta Opera to Present Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ ‘The Anonymous Lover’

By David Salazar

The Atlanta Opera will present “The Anonymous Lover” as part of its Discoveries Series this March.

The production of the Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges work, will be showcased in partnership with Morehouse College. This represents the first-ever production of an opera by a Black composer by The Atlanta Opera. Performances open on March 31 at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center with additional showcases scheduled for April 1 and 2, 2022.

The opera will be directed by Maria Todaro and will be filmed by Felipe Barral for The Atlanta Opera’s Spotlight Media streaming platform. There will also be a livestream of one of the performances.

“The music is beautiful, and the production is charming, but what intrigues me the most is the work’s creator,” said Tomer Zvulun, The Atlanta Opera’s Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General and Artistic Director, in an official press statement. “As we perform our first Discoveries series opera at this iconic historically Black college, it seems fitting to pair this groundbreaking composer with this Atlanta institution.”

The company originally planned to present “The Snowy Date,” but the production was postponed due to circumstances related to the pandemic. It will be showcased during a future season.