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Atlanta Opera Singing Telegrams
Ashley Mirakian 
Chief of Marketing and Audience Development


Virtual "love notes" connect The Atlanta Opera Studio Artists with at-risk populations during COVID-19 pandemic

ATLANTA – April 16, 2020 – The Atlanta Opera announced today a new community program meant to create personal connections for those who are lonely, at-risk or just feeling the need for human interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The concept is fairly simple. Using a cell phone or another recording device, Atlanta Opera Studio Artists and members of The Atlanta Opera Chorus will film themselves singing or playing piano and share the video with senior living communities, hospitals, or other individuals in need of emotional support during this challenging time. By sharing a short aria or a recipient’s favorite song, the singers hope to make a small, positive impact on someone’s day. The program recently piloted with residents at Lenbrook [Independent Senior Living] in Atlanta, and in the coming weeks the initiative will expand to reach front-line healthcare workers and other individuals in the Atlanta community. Among those expected to receive the recorded telegrams are doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers at Grady Health System who are actively combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. The Atlanta Opera costume shop is already working with Grady to sew mask covers to extend the life of N95 respirators, as well as hospital gowns.

“The Atlanta Opera Studio Artists were looking for ways to continue to use their voices to uplift during this tough time,” said task force chair and Director of Community Engagement & Education, Jessica Kiger. “We’re excited about these micro-victories that create community and connect to our mission. It’s a very hopeful, personal program that should bring a little joy during a period of anxiety.”

“During this time of crisis, we are continuously amazed at the outpouring of kindness for our staff. The Atlanta Opera Singing Telegrams are a wonderful gift that will truly lift the spirits of those on the frontline of the COVID pandemic,” said Lindsay Caulfield, Chief Experience Officer, Grady Health System.

Bernie Goldstein, a Lenbrook resident and chair of the senior community's Friends of the Arts Committee, expressed his appreciation for the messages saying, “The telegrams provided these lovely, potent sounds, like hearing a rainbow! Listening to The Atlanta Opera Studio Artists takes your troubles away, even if just for a little while. It fills you with hope and good feelings.”

Atlanta Opera Singing Telegrams was the brainchild of the organization’s new Community Service Taskforce, a group of opera employees representing every area of the company—from stage production to marketing.    

About The Atlanta Opera

The Atlanta Opera’s mission is to build the major international opera company Atlanta deserves, with a vision to reimagine opera.

Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera celebrates its 40th anniversary in the 2019-20 season. The Opera works with world-renowned singers, conductors, directors, and designers who seek to enhance the art form.

Under the leadership of internationally recognized stage director and Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, The Atlanta Opera expanded from three to four mainstage productions at Cobb Energy Centre and launched the acclaimed Discoveries series. In recent years, the company was recognized by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as part of its “Best of 2015” awards; it was nominated for an International Opera Award in 2016; and it won ArtsATL’s 2019 Luminary Award for Community Engagement, recognizing its successful Veterans Program in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation.

In addition, The Opera was featured in a 2018 Harvard Business School case study about successful organizational growth, and Zvulun presented a TEDx Talk at Emory University entitled “The Ambidextrous Opera Company, or Opera in the Age of iPhones.”

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