Critic’s Notebook: The Atlanta Opera gives it 24 hours

I sit in judgment


The Atlanta Opera is giving artists just one day to write an entire opera. It doesn’t seem like enough time, but really: who am I to judge?

The fifth annual 24-Hour Opera Project gives caffeinated contestants just one 24-hour period in which to compose, stage and rehearse an entire short opera. Creative Loafing arts writer Kate Douds has [ in this week’s Loaf about how the composers, librettists, stage directors, singers, and accompanists will be divided into randomly selected teams this Friday night to create new works that will be performed just one day later. The final competition is free and takes place at Theatrical Outfit in downtown Atlanta on Sat., Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
I’ll be one of the judges at the event on Saturday evening (while contestants are toiling away on Friday night, I plan to rest up in preparation for judgment). The contest awards a prize for both a judges’ favorite and an audience favorite, so you can join me in making a final decision at the free event on Saturday night.]