Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Atlanta Opera Commissions Children Opera

Libretto Based on Br’er Rabbit Stories by Joel Chandler Harris

The Atlanta Opera has commissioned a one-hour children’s opera for its 2011-2012 season. The libretto, written by Atlanta-based librettist and playwright, Madeleine St. Romain, will be based on the antics of Br’er Rabbit, a central figure in the Uncle Remus stories popularized by Southern author Joel Chandler Harris in the late 19th Century. The Br’er Rabbit stories can be traced back to “trickster” figures in African folklore, particularly the hare, a character that is prominent in the storytelling traditions of Western, Central and Southern Africa. This production will be a contemporary, light-hearted rendering of several story lines from Native American, African, and Cajun Folklore. The score, composed by Atlanta-based flutist and composer Nicole Chamberlain, will be written for four voice types, and will incorporate melodies and rhythms from African, Native American and Cajun music, as well as the blues. The work, currently entitled Rabbit Tales, will be performed by The Atlanta Opera Studio in elementary schools October 24 through November 18, 2011 and again February 13 through March 30, 2012. There will be a premiere open to the public on October 29, 2011 at the Wren’s Nest, in conjunction with National Opera Week. Further details will be announced at a later date. This is the first opera commission in the company’s history.

To book a performance of Rabbit Tales and to find out more information, contact Emmalee Iden at (404)881-8883 or

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