The title role will be sung by Noah Stewart in his Atlanta Opera debut. The role of Marguerite will be sung by soprano Mary Dunleavy who will appear on the Atlanta Opera stage as Violetta in La traviata on March 2, 5, 8, and 10, 2013 at the Cobb Energy Centre. Dunleavy can be seen singing the role of Marguerite in a scene in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated movie Lincoln. Making his Atlanta Opera debut, Russian bass Alexander Vinogradov performs the role of Méphistophélès. Having created new roles and performed with the major opera houses of the world including The Metropolitan Opera, Robynne Redmon returns to the Atlanta Opera stage as Marthe Schwerlein. Baritone Edward Parks and mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts both make their Atlanta Opera debuts as Valentin and Sièbel, respectively. The Atlanta Opera's Carl and Sally Gable Music Director, Arthur Fagen, will conduct Faust.
Earl Staley designed this production, which was originally staged for Houston Grand Opera by Francesca Zambello.
The season concludes with The Barber of Seville (IL Barbiere di Siviglia) on April 26, 29 and May 2 and 4, 2014. Gioachino Rossini's opera buffa is presented in two acts and takes place in Seville, Spain during the 17th century. Considered one of the funniest in the opera buffa genre, The Barber of Seville tells the story of the wily barber Figaro as he aids Count Almaviva in wooing the radiant maiden, Rosina. With masterful disguises and hilarious antics, romance unfurls right under the nose of an aghast Dr. Bartolo, intent on marrying Rosina himself. The Barber of Seville will be performed in Italian with projectEd English translations.
Mezzo-soprano Emily Fons will join The Atlanta Opera for her role debut as Rosina. Tenor Juan José de León will pursue Rosina as Count Almaviva and baritone Sidney Outlaw will sing the part of Figaro. Both will be welcomed to the Atlanta Opera stage for the first time. Also coming to the Atlanta Opera stage for the first time are Italian Stefano de Peppo who will perform the bass role of Dr. Bartolo and bass- baritone Sam Handley who will be singing Don Basilio. Craig Kier will serve as conductor.
Season tickets to the Atlanta Opera's 2013-2014 season at the Cobb Energy Centre are on sale now. Ticket prices for a full, 3-opera subscription package range from $76 to $468 plus handling. To purchase, visit atlantaopera.org or call 404-881-8885 (Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Subscribers enjoy many benefits, including premium seats at significant savings, no-hassle ticket exchanges, and ticket insurance. Interest-free payment plans are available.
Single Tickets Single tickets for the Atlanta Opera's 2013-2014 season at Cobb Energy Centre will go on sale in September. Ticket prices will start at $26 plus handling fees.