The Belting on the BeltLine series will present a 45-minute adaptation of The Barber of Seville, in collaboration with the Atlanta Opera. It takes place on Saturday, March 16th at 11 a.m. at Historic Fourth Ward Park, on the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. The performance was originally scheduled for last fall, but was cancelled due to bad weather. It is FREE and open to the public.
The Barber of Seville is one of the most well-known operas of all time — perhaps because of the Bugs Bunny cartoon adaptation. It features the barber, Figaro, who gets involved in a comedic love triangle. This short adaptation will be performed in English and Spanish and is a family-friendly event.
If you happen to live along the BeltLine, Historic Fourth Ward Park is easily accessed on foot via the connecting Gateway Trail. You can also walk from many midtown neighborhoods.
If you’re taking Uber or Lyft, give the driver the address of 693 Rankin Street, which will put you near the top of the amphitheatre.
If you’re driving, know that parking can be tricky, as the streetside spots fill up quickly. Look for parking along Angier Avenue, Morgan Street, Garden Park Drive, Dallas Street, and Rankin Street.
If you don’t mind paying for parking, you can leave your car at Ponce City Market and walk over.
If you want to take MARTA, it’s about a 30-minute walk to the park from either the North Avenue Station (walk on city streets) or Inman Park Station (walk on the BeltLine). The 889 bus can get you closer to the park entrance. MARTA has an excellent guide on getting to the park online.
About the venue
Historic Fourth Ward Park is a true urban oasis in Atlanta. The park features paved walking trails, a playground, a skate park, and a large pond that is home to ducks, turtles, fish, and the occasional heron or egret. A tiered, grassy amphitheater at one end of the pond creates an inviting space for performances and even weddings.
Video overview of Historic Fourth Ward Park: