CCCEPA students get an exciting look into the world of opera

CCCEPA students are getting several opportunities to touch base with stars in the opera world.

During the 20-21 school year, The Atlanta Opera Company and Studio Players will partner with The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA) at Pebblebrook High School on masterclasses, workshops, and virtual performance opportunities. This is an exciting partnership that extends the reach of our already magnificent Performing Arts Magnet Program at CCCEPA. This extension into the world of opera provides an exciting opportunity for students to speak with working professionals.

On November 18, world-renowned mezzo soprano, Jamie Barton, met with vocal students from Pebblebrook High School for a down-to-earth career chat. She talked to students about her journey from Rome, GA, to international star and encouraged students to use their voice as a superpower on and off the stage.

“Thank you for everything you’re giving us! This really made me feel and think and understand. I’m so glad to have gotten to hear from you. I feel like I’ve gained something from this, and I feel inspired to do more and work harder to move towards my goals,” said one of the students who participated in the masterclass with Ms. Barton.

More opportunities are coming later this semester as well as second semester. On December 9, Pebblebrook alum and Studio Player, baritone Joseph Lattanzi, will speak to the group about “life after Pebblebrook” and his career as an up-and-coming opera-star.

Photos credited to Jessica Kiger and Ken Howard

During the spring semester, students will participate in additional activities such as a masterclass, on-stage character discussions, virtual mentorship groups, and a culminating virtual performance with Atlanta Opera Company Players of “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici”— the famous brindisi from La Traviata by Verdi.

Joseph Woodruff, Supervisor
Performing Arts – Choral Music/ Theatre/ Dance

Contributing Authors: Jessica Kiger,

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