The Atlanta Opera Chorus
"Walter Huff's Atlanta Opera Chorus can be compared to the best opera choruses in the world."
- Arthur Fagen, Atlanta Opera Music Director
No production would be complete without The Atlanta Opera Chorus. Widely regarded as one of the top opera choruses in the country, The Atlanta Opera Chorus auditions yearly, and performs in each of the mainstage operas of the season. Led by Chorus Master Walter Huff, the singers are an integral part of each performance.
About The Atlanta Opera Chorus
The Atlanta Opera Chorus Bio (PDF)
The Atlanta Opera Chorus has been under the direction of Chorus Master Walter Huff since 1988.
Known for its skilled, well-coached singers, The Atlanta Opera Chorus is a training program for Atlanta-area singers, and serious vocal students at Georgia-area colleges and universities. Atlanta Opera Chorus members are highly touted for their technical training and acting skills, and have been showcased in traditional operatic productions, as well as contemporary and more off-beat operas, such as Philip Glass’s Akhnaten; Wagner’s dark and stormy The Flying Dutchman; Gluck’s Orfeo & Euridice; a critically praised showcase of Carmina burana and Pagliacci, and a modern staging of Carmen in 1992.
In 1996, The Atlanta Opera Chorus performed Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing as part of the Cultural Olympiad during the Centennial Olympic Games. In 2008, The Atlanta Opera Chorus, under Mr. Huff’s direction, sang 21 critically acclaimed performances of Porgy and Bess at Opéra-Comique in Paris and on tour in Granada, Normandy, and Luxembourg.
Esteemed alumni of The Atlanta Opera Chorus are now performing at the Metropolitan Opera and other opera stages around the world. Notable alumni include bass Richard Bernstein, baritone Scott Hogsed, bass Jason Hardy, tenor Richard Clement, and the late tenor Ryan Smith, among others.
Members of The Atlanta Opera Chorus were featured on P.D.Q. Bach’s Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities, which won a Grammy® Award for best comedy recording in 1990. The Chorus also can be heard on a recording of Mozart’s Requiem, recorded at St. Philips Cathedral in Atlanta, GA in 1997.
About Walter Huff
Walter Huff has been chorus master of
The Atlanta Opera Chorus for 25 years. He
has prepared the Chorus for more than 90 productions, receiving critical
acclaim in the United States and abroad. Along with his duties at The Atlanta Opera,
Huff was recently appointed to the choral faculty at Indiana University Jacobs
School of Music, serving for a year as adjunct associate professor and faculty
director of choruses before being appointed to a tenure-track associate
professor position in 2013.
From Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice to a staged version of Carmina burana and appearances at the Olympic Cultural Olympiad
(1996), The Atlanta Opera Chorus has continually received national and
international attention. In 2008, the Chorus,
under Huff's direction, sang over 20 performances of Porgy and Bess at the Opéra-Comique in Paris and on tour in Spain,
Normandy, and Luxembourg.
Last year, at the Jacobs School of
Music, he led the Indiana University Opera Choruses to critical and audience
acclaim, in performances of Don Giovanni,
The Merry Widow and Akhnaten.
He has worked as a vocal coach for
Washington National Opera, Peabody Opera Theater, and in his own studio in
Atlanta. He was acting chorus master for
San Diego Opera in 2011. Huff served on
the faculty at Georgia State University for four years as assistant professor,
guest lecturer and conductor of the Georgia State University Choral Society.
For the past four years, Huff has been
music director for The Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute, a unique
nine-month training program for talented, classically trained high school
Huff received his music degrees from the Oberlin and Peabody
Meet Walter Huff (Video)