Created and performed by soprano Jayme Alilaw and pianist and composer B.E. Boykin, La Femme Noire: The Celebrated Woman, honors contributions and accomplishments of Black women as composers and performers through an evening of music. Presented by The Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership as a part of the Belting on the BeltLine series.
Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. In 2013, the company recruited internationally recognized stage director Tomer Zvulun as its General and Artistic Director. In the 2016-2017 season, the company expanded its mainstage season from three to four productions at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre while ushering the Discoveries series into its 3rd season for a total of six productions. The Opera works with world-renowned singers, conductors, directors, and designers who seek to enhance the art form and make it accessible for a sophisticated, 21st century audience. The Atlanta Opera strives to expand the experience of its patrons with memorable and exciting performances reflecting the highest musical and theatrical standards, while supporting community and educational programs.
In 2007, The Opera moved its mainstage performance home to the acoustically exceptional Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, just inside the I-285 perimeter.
In the 2014-2015 season, the company launched the acclaimed Discoveries series of operas staged in alternative theaters around Atlanta. The Discoveries series is dedicated to audience members who are seeking new works, new ideas and fresh perspectives. As part of The Atlanta Opera’s efforts to bring opera to new audiences all over the Atlanta metro area, these productions are performed in exciting alternative venues, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the cabaret Le Maison Rouge on the Atlanta BeltLine. The series was recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as part of its Best of 2015awards and the company was nominated for the International Opera Awards in London in 2016.