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Atlanta Opera announces 2012-2013 season
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Atlanta Opera announces 2012-2013 season

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Opera has revealed the three productions in its 2012-2013 season.

Dennis Hanthorn, Zurich General Director of the Atlanta Opera, announced the mainstage productions Monday.

The season will open with one of opera's most memorable productions -- Georges Bizet's Carmen. According to information provided by the Atlanta Opera:

Bizet's immensely popular opera set in sultry Spain traces Don José's ill-fated attraction to the alluring gypsy, Carmen. When Carmen does not reciprocate his feelings, intense jealousy turns to vengeance and dooms the fiery romance to a tragic end. Carmen is full of sizzling opera hits, including the famous "Habanera" and the irresistible Toreador's song.

Carmen will be performed four times in November 2012 and will be sung in French with English translations projected above the stage. Mezzo-soprano Maria José Montiel will make her Atlanta Opera debut in the title role.

The second opera in the season will be the Atlanta Opera's fifth production of La traviata:

Violetta, a worldly Parisian courtesan, is forced to give up the love of her life in this tale of lavish revelry, family strife, unfortunate misunderstanding and selfless sacrifice. Giuseppe Verdi's beloved La traviata is a treasured classic overflowing with memorable music. Both longtime opera lovers and first-timers will be touched by this romantic tragedy.

This opera will be performed four times in March 2013. It will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.

The season will end with an Atlanta Opera premiere: The Italian Girl in Algiers by Gioachino Rossini:

In this whimsical, madcap adventure set in a 1930s pop-up book, Isabella is captured by an Algerian ruler who dreams of adding an Italian wife to his harem. Once imprisoned, Isabella turns the tables and rescues the man of her dreams. With more belly laughs than any opera should reasonably permit, Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers will charm your socks off!

The Atlanta Opera will use the Santa Fe Opera's pop-up book-style sets for this production, which will be performed in late April and early May of 2013. It will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.

There is still one production left in the Atlanta Opera's 2011-2012 season -- Mozart's Don Giovanni, which begins its run on Apr. 28.

Season tickets are already available for the three 2012-2013 productions. Prices for a full subscription range from $75 to $465. Call the box office at 404-881-8885 or visit www.atlantaopera.org to learn more.

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