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The Atlanta Opera will launch its new digital subscription service December 15 with full-length showings of two critically acclaimed productions from its fall Big Tent Series on the baseball field at Oglethorpe University: Pagliacci and The Kaiser of Atlantis.

Atlanta Opera Spotlight Media will offer new content each month, including concerts, special recordings and behind-the-scenes footage. The service is $99 a year.

Initial offerings will include two concerts filmed live under the big tent this fall: “Mack the Knife: An Evening of Kurt Weill” and the “Mezzo Extravaganza,” featuring opera superstar (and Rome native) Jamie Barton.

It also will debut the first in a series of “Love Letters to Atlanta” to celebrate the city’s people, places and history. The series will include Barton singing “Georgia on My Mind,” Morris Robinson singing “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha at the Fox Theatre and Kevin Burdette singing “If Ever I Would Leave You” from a performance of Camelot at Atlanta’s Civic Center Auditorium.

The opera’s streaming service and production facilities are funded through a $500,000 gift from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation.


Atlanta Music Project finalist for $500,000 Accelerator Award

The Atlanta Music Project is one of eight finalists for the Lewis Prize for Music’s annual Accelerator Awards. It will give $500,000 to three U.S. organizations that offer cutting-edge youth music programs.

The organization was founded in 2018 by philanthropist Daniel R. Lewis to promote music learning for young people. Dantes Rameau cofounded the Atlanta Music Project in 2010 to provide intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved young people. The project provides instruments, classes, teaching artists and performance opportunities for orchestra and choir.

“We are honored to be recognized as a finalist,” Rameau said in a press release. “I am grateful to the entire Atlanta Music Project organization for their hard work and commitment, as our team continues to persevere through these challenging times.”

The Accelerator Awards will be announced January 12. 

“The eight finalists show us all that giving youth opportunities to express themselves through music improves their own cognitive and emotional development and their community’s well-being,” Lewis said. “The pandemic has magnified the need for children in underserved and under-supported areas, youth with the same potential as those in the rest of the United States.”


Atlanta Ballet's The Nutcracker.

Atlanta Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will be a virtual and drive-in experience this year. (Photo by Kim Kenney)

Atlanta Ballet offers two versions of “The Nutcracker”

Atlanta Ballet will offer its production of The Nutcracker in an online on-demand format. The two-hour video will include the full ballet and will stream for $25.

The ballet will also show “The Nutcracker” this week in a drive-in format at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Those shows are sold out.

The ballet also will celebrate “30 Days of Nutcracker” on social media, featuring dancer takeovers, behind-the-scenes glimpses, makeup tutorials and other insights into the production.


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