Kevin Burdette’s Atlanta has a hidden gem with a storied past. Burdette sings “If Ever I Would Leave You” from the beloved Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot, honoring one of his favorite vocal heroes, Cesare Siepi, another bass who adopted Atlanta as his hometown.
Burdette has chosen to perform in the Atlanta Civic Center Auditorium. The massive theater, now poignantly empty and closed to the public, hosted operatic legends during the Metropolitan Opera’s wildly successful summer opera tour, an annual residency that lasted for more than 75 years. In fact, the auditorium itself was built in 1967 in order to accommodate the throngs of opera lovers who attended each year.
Burdette’s performance is the second of a series of twelve Love Letters to Atlanta, featuring the stellar Atlanta Opera Company Players.
Each Love Letter includes a visually stunning capture of a song with great meaning to the singer in a space that has great meaning to Atlanta. Interviews with the artist complete the experience.