By Ellen Sturgill
The fastest-paced event of the season is just around the corner! So brace yourselves, for the second annual 24-Hour Opera Project!
Beginning on January 20th at 5:00 p.m., composers, lyricists, stage directors, and singers from all over the United States are randomly put into teams, and have 24 hours to compose, stage, and rehearse a 10-minute opera!
Following the caffeine-fueled rehearsals, the teams will perform their creations in front of a panel of judges including: Stephanie Adrian, Voice Professor at Emory University and writer for Opera News, Classical Singer, and Journal of Singing; Andrew Alexander, Arts and Entertainment Writer for Creative Loafing; John Lemley, Assistant Program Director, host of City Café, Afternoon Classics and Tapestry on WABE 90.1; and Ann Owens, former Executive Director of the Houston Grand Opera.
This year, we will be doing something a little different.
For those of you who can't make it to the showcase, you will still have the opportunity to see the event online via a LIVE webcast.
On January 21st at 7:00 p.m. on the dot, you can tune in to the Atlanta Opera's Ustream channel to watch the five teams show their stuff!
Along with watching the event unfold live, webcast viewers can also vote for "Audience Favorite."
You will be able to cast your vote via Ustream, Facebook, and Twitter. The voting process is simple, and here are a few ways to join the fun. You can:
- Watch the event on Ustream, and vote directly on the Ustream site.
- Watch the event on Ustream, and Tweet your votes and comments to @TheAtlantaOpera, #TheAtlantaOpera, or #24HOP through your Twitter account.
- View the event on the Atlanta Opera's Facebook page in the Ustream tab.
Or better yet.... make it even easier on yourself, and go to our homepage and watch it there.
Whether you Tweet, Like, or frequent Ustream, you can participate in the 24-Hour Opera Project!
In case this isn't enough to make you TUNE IN... here's what else you can look forward to...
|The prop table from last year's 24-Hour Opera Project. © Tim Wilkerson|
Confessions from the 24-Hour Opera Project 2010. © Cherokee Rose Productions
AND... Wacky, creative, and talented players...
|2010's "Audience Favorite" Scrub-A-Dub Raw © Tim Wilkerson|
|The team behind the opera A Toast for all Toasts. © Tim Wilkerson|
|Last year's "Judges' Favorite" winners, the team from Eye of the Needle. |
© Tim Wilkerson
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