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Atlanta Opera records

Identifier: ahc.MSS700

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1979-1991, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


1 linear ft. (2 document cases)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1987 and 1992

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


Atlanta Opera records
Josh Hogan
May 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305