ARTS UPDATE: Atlanta Opera’s Tomer Zvulun

Fall Arts Preview Update from Atlanta Opera’s General and Artistic Director, Tomer Zvulun

Tomer Zvulun
Photo credit: Courtesy Tomer Zvulun
Tomer Zvulun: “Above all, the pandemic taught The Atlanta Opera to be creative in entirely new ways. Our company’s mission is to ‘reimagine opera,” but before the pandemic, the notion of performing operas under a tent had never crossed our mind. Once the pandemic hit, we had two big ideas that made everything else possible. First was The Big Tent that, when the walls were rolled up, created an outdoor venue with abundant fresh air. The other was ensemble casting, which relied on internationally acclaimed singers who live in Georgia or in nearby states, and who could perform in all of our shows. The 2020-21 season was unlike any other: We had four fully staged operas and six concerts, nearly 45 performances, all under a big top-style tent without any outbreaks.”