The amazing 24-Hour Opera Project

January 11, 2012 

Believe it or not, there's something called the 24-Hour Opera Project.

Composers, lyricists, stage directors and opera singers are put into random teams and they have 24 hours to compose, stage and rehearse a 10-minute opera.

The performances will be judged by a panel of judges and the audience.

All of the people involved in this will meet at 5 p.m. Jan. 20 in the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree St.

The performances will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Atlanta Opera Center, 1575 Northside Drive, Building 300, Suite 350.

If you can't make to Atlanta next weekend, you can still listen via webcast at and vote for "audience favorite" on Twitter @TheAtlantaOpera or on Facebook.

The judges are Stephanie Adrian, voice professor at Emory University; Andrew Alexander, arts and entertainment writer for Creative Loafing; John Lemley, assistant program director for WABE_FM and Ann Owens, former executive director of the Houston Grand Opera.

I don't recognize any of the participants with Columbus State University ties, but of course, I don't meet every single Schwob School of Music student.

It sounds insane, doesn't it?

In Columbus, we've had a similar project for stage plays, masterminded by Troy Heard, who now toils in theater in Las Vegas.

And of course, Atlanta's had the 48 Hour Film Project going on for years. In fact, Jon Hill, a Columbus High School and Savannah School of Art and Design graduate, won the national prize in 2003.

Maybe one day, we can get one of these crazy projects going in Columbus.

In the meantime, for more information about the opera project, call the Atlanta Opera at 404-881-8883.

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