Going to the opera can cost a pretty penny.
It can also cost zero pennies, as will be the case when the Atlanta Opera puts on a free show in the Historic Fourth Ward Park later this month.
The performance of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” is part of the “Belting on the BeltLine,” a series designed to bring free opera performances to open-air locations and schools along the Beltline. Stage director Kristine McIntyre’s 45-minute adaptation will be performed in Spanish and English.
As part of the series, which was funded by a Collaborative Innovation Grant awarded by The Home Depot Foundation and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits earlier this year, performances will also take place for students at four elementary schools in the Atlanta Public School district.
Sara Womack, fine and performing arts coordinator for APS, said she’s grateful this experience is offered to students “who might not otherwise be exposed to the greatness of opera.”
The performance dates and venues are as follows:
Oct. 15: Barack & Michelle Obama Academy, Chosewood Park
Oct. 16: Parkside Elementary School, Grant Park
Oct. 18: Finch Elementary School, Oakland City
Oct. 19: M. Agnes Jones Elementary School, Ashview Heights
Oct. 20 at 11 a.m.: Free community performance, Historic Fourth Ward Park
More things to do this month:
• Oct. 10, 20, 27: Need help paying your Atlanta water bill? Attend one of these events
• Through Oct. 31: Spend a night in Hotel Clermont’s Room 237 in ‘Shining’-inspired deal
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