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Atlanta Opera records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Atlanta Opera
Title: Atlanta Opera records
Dates: 1979-1991, undated
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (2 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS700

Biographical/Historical Note

The Atlanta Opera was formed in 1979 with the merger of the Atlanta Lyric Opera Co. and Georgia Opera, Inc., and was initially called Atlanta Civic Opera Association. The name was changed to Atlanta Opera in 1985. The Atlanta Opera has grown since its establishment by increasing both the number of performances and the number of operas performed in a season. The Atlanta Opera seeks to establish itself as a "major artistic presence in the Southeast" and to serve the educational and cultural needs of the community. The educational outreach division, known as the Atlanta Opera Studio, formed in 1980 to serve the community's youth. This division of the company tours Atlanta area elementary, middle, and high schools. The opera company is supported both by the Friends of the Atlanta Opera, which formed in 1983, and the Atlanta Opera Guild, established in 1947. In addition, the Atlanta Opera has attracted corporate sponsorship. The Board of Directors manages the opera's affairs and consists of several committees, including the Executive Committee. William Fred Scott was the artistic director for years 1985-1991. Alfred D. Kennedy was appointed General Manager in 1986 and did much to promote the success of Atlanta Opera.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of minutes of Board of Directors meetings, season programs, playbills, publicity brochures, financial documents, correspondence, benefit invitations, press coverage, newsletters, and Atlanta Opera staff directories.

Index Terms

Atlanta Civic Opera Association
Atlanta Opera Studio
Kennedy, Alfred D.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Atlanta Opera records, MSS 700, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1987 and 1992

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Annual members meeting minutes and agendas, 1981-1986
2Atlanta Opera annual membership solicitation brochures, undated
3Atlanta Opera annual reports and prospecti, 1986-1990
4Atlanta Opera benefit invitations and programs, 1987-1991
5Board of Directors and opera staff directory, 1986
6Atlanta Opera Board of Directors meeting minutes and agendas, 1985-1987
7Copies of advertisements for operas, 1987, undated
8Correspondence from Alfred D. Kennedy to Board of Directors, 1983-1987
9Executive committee, 1979-1985
10Atlanta Opera financial statements, 1979-1986
11Atlanta Opera marketing committee, 1987
12Directory of the Friends of the Atlanta Opera and correspondence, 1991, undated
13Board of Directors correspondence, 1983-1987
14Mission statement, history, and by-laws, undated
15Memos to Board of Directors, 1983-1985
16Atlanta Opera newsletters, 1985-1990
17Nominating Committee report, 1984
18Opera Evenings invitation and Opera at the Movies brochure, 1987
19Atlanta Opera playbills, 1985-1986
20Atlanta Opera playbills, 1987-1988
21Atlanta Opera press coverage, 1983-1987
22Atlanta Opera press coverage, 1988-1991
23Press releases, 1986-1987



21Atlanta Opera publicity postcards, 1988, 1990
2Atlanta Opera program book, 1988
3Atlanta Opera program book, 1989
4Atlanta Opera program book, 1990
5Atlanta Opera program book, 1991
6Subscription/season ticket brochures, 1987-1991, undated
7Newspaper articles, undated
8Atlanta Civic Opera annual membership solicitation and subscription brochures, 1980-1984
9Atlanta Civic Opera Board of Directors minutes and agendas, 1979-1980
10Atlanta Civic Opera Board of Directors minutes and agendas, 1981-1982
11Atlanta Civic Opera Board of Directors minutes and agendas, 1983-1985
12Atlanta Civic Opera newsletters, brochures, invitations, 1984, undated
13Atlanta Civic Opera "Opera Evenings", 1984
14Atlanta Civic Opera programs, 1980-1984
15Atlanta Opera Studio correspondence, 1987-1988
16Atlanta Opera Studio press coverage, 1987-1988
17Atlanta Opera Studio news releases, 1987-1988
18Atlanta Opera Studio outreach strategies, 1987-1988
19Atlanta Opera Studio programs, 1987
20Atlanta Opera Studio publicity programs, 1985-1992
21Atlanta Opera Studio study guide for teachers, 1987
22Children's Festival program, 1987