Sunday, January 6, 2013

Your friend (or kid) is participating in the Atlanta Opera’s 24-Hour Opera Project! Pass it on. . .

We’ve all known them... Those friends who can’t go out with you because they have rehearsal, or they have to practice, or they are locked away in a room with a midi for three days straight, or they have to attend a master class with an obscure counter tenor from Bulgaria.

These pursuits of passion have always been a little bit of a mystery to you, but you have loved and supported your friends anyway. Why? Because they love opera, and it’s contagious! And, who knows? When they make it big, you can say, “I knew them when…”

Here’s your chance to show the love for their hard work in this quirky, crazy, fast-tracked opera phenomenon called the 24-Hour Opera Project, in which composers, lyricists, stage directors and opera singers from all over come together to create opera in just 24 hours!!

You can also VOTE online for AUDIENCE FAVORITE at

And, even if you don’t know any of these people, and just love, or are curious about opera, join us or tune-in to the LIVE WEBCAST!

Kickoff Event
Friday, January 25 at 5:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

Showcase Performance and Live Webcast
Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. at The Atlanta Opera Center

Both events are FREE and open to the public.


Jamie Sampson, Bowling Green, OH
Douglas Pew, Crestview Hills, KY
Evan Mack, Albany, NY
Natalie Williams, Athens, GA
Robert Butts, Rockaway, NJ

Ellen Frankel, Philadelphia, PA
Madeleine St. Romain, Atlanta, GA
Samuel Bradford, Roswell, GA
Chadwick Hagan, Atlanta, GA
Vinnie Meli, Marietta, GA

Jayme Alilaw, Atlanta, GA
Michaele Postell, Acworth, GA
Emily Byrne, Durham, NC
Ivan Segovia Jonesboro, GA
Stefani Dunn, Marietta, GA
Mitchell Jones, Cumming, GA
Michael Francis Edwards, Stockbridge, GA
Kristin Vienneau, Roswell, GA
Arsenia Soto, Durham, NC
Megan Brunning, Suwanee, GA
Brandon Odom, Atlanta, GA
Jonathan Spuhler, Atlanta, GA
Mel Leroy, Macon, GA
Annie Burton, Chicago, IL
Joshua Bartolotti, Waleska, GA
Stephen McCool, Duluth, GA
Laurie Tossing, Lawrenceville, GA

Stage Directors
Beverly Blouin, Atlanta, GA
Richard Gammon, New York, NY
Matthew Ozawa, New York, NY
Kristin Kenning, Birmingham, AL
Michael Nutter, Atlanta, GA

And we welcome five incredible accompanists who will serve as Music Directors, all from the Atlanta area.

Goeff Loff
Catherine Giel
Erin Palmer
Rolando Salazar
Paul Tate

Erin Hartley and Lukas Valderrama will be Video Production Interns, assisting Dave Stevens of Stevens Interactive Productions produce the live webcast. They will also be charged with gathering footage throughout the 24 hours.


Composers and lyricists are randomly paired together, and will have 12 hours to write a 7-10 minute opera. At the end of 12 hours, the pieces will be assigned to a stage director, who will draft singers from a pool of applicants, and have eight hours to rehearse, before presenting the scenes in a showcase concert 24 hours after the project begins.

The final results will be presented in a live performance and webcast hosted by WABE’s John Lemley.

The mini-operas will be evaluated by a panel of performing arts industry leaders, and prizes will be awarded to the winning team, with an additional prize going to the audience favorite. Both the kick-off event and the showcase performance are FREE and open to the public.

The judges are…

Ned Canty, General Director, Opera Memphis

Lee Anne Myslewski, Director of Artistic Administration, Wolf Trap Opera 
and Classical Programming
Ann Owens, former Executive Director, Houston Grand Opera

Lara Smith, Managing Director, Dad’s Garage

Jill Vejnoska, Features Writer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For more information, please call 404-881-8883 or e-mail

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The Atlanta Opera 24-Hour Opera Project is made possible by generous support from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Turner Voices.

Members of the public interested in providing additional financial support for the 24-Hour Opera Project can contribute through the Matching Grant Donor Program. Every $1 you give to the 24-Hour Opera Project will be doubled. Visit for more information.

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