The North Door
"...Opera conductors? That's it. Richard Buckley, who has been conducting Austin Lyric Opera productions for three seasons as ALO's artistic director, is now taking his baton up to the Ohio metropolis to serve as principal conductor for Opera Cleveland, a professional company formed in April by the union of Cleveland Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland..."
"...That's the case for both Richard Buckley and Cliff Redd. Buckley was hired last year as the artistic director for Austin Lyric Opera; Redd was named the new executive director for the Long Center for the Performing Arts this summer..."
"...Richard Buckley knows a thing or two about the opera Of Mice and Men, and not just because he's conducting the Austin Opera production that runs Jan. 23-31 at the Long Center..."
"...The company is opening its 30th season with a semi-staged performance of Puts and Campbell's The Manchurian Candidate, fully mindful of the closeness of Election Day. AO Artistic Director Richard Buckley has spoken of his desire for the company to explore the operatic repertoire beyond the staples of the 18th and 19th centuries, and programming newer works – and specifically newer American works – enhances for audiences a sense that opera is still a living art form and one that's relevant to people in this country today..."
"...To some extent, he did that by writing music that would please his Communist overseers (a point of controversy with many of Shostakovich's critics), but he also managed to compose works of enormous power, music that pierced the Iron Curtain and captured the ears and hearts of music lovers around the globe. Indeed, his music resonates deeply enough that ALO Artistic Director Richard Buckley was inspired to conceive of a citywide celebration and pitch it to a community where he had only lived a few months, and that community took him up on it..."
"...ALO Artistic Director Richard Buckley, who will conduct the American premiere, credits Hampton with bringing a lot to the table in his first libretto. "There's so much more individual character development in this piece than in a standard opera..."
"...'Mourning' Becomes Buckley..."
"...According to a couple of artists who have made conducting their life's work, both of whom will be on the podium in Dell Hall in early April, a lot. Peter Bay, music director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Richard Buckley, principal conductor of Austin Lyric Opera, agree that the amount of prep time varies with the type of work (opera, ballet, symphony) and the maestro's familiarity with a particular piece – having conducted something before can cut the advance work down to as little as a few hours of review..."
"...From this ancient Greek drama of bloody murder and retribution, Richard Strauss composed one of the 20th century's first great operas, and Richard Buckley has chosen it as one of the first great challenges for Austin Lyric Opera in his tenure as artistic director. By operatic standards, Elektra is relatively brief (roughly an hour and a half), but compacted into its single act is enough roiling emotion rage, regret, ridicule, despair, elation, sorrow, fear, and loathing to fill a cycle of operas..."
"...On Monday, Aug. 25, the ALO board of trustees approved the appointment of conductor Richard Buckley as artistic director of the 17-year-old company..."
"...25. And what has conductor Richard Buckley chosen for his inaugural foray? Well, he's bookending the season with a pair of Really Big Guns, two of the 10 most-produced operas on the continent: Tosca and The Marriage of Figaro..."
"...The funny thing is, it was the opera's idea. Two years ago, when Austin Lyric Opera conductor Richard Buckley, in his former role as ALO artistic director, was considering what might make for a splashy debut in the Long Center, he had the inspiration for an opera set in Austin – created by taking an existing work and rewriting its libretto to spotlight local landmarks and traditions..."
"...On opening night, in that instant between conductor Richard Buckley raising his arms and the first downbeat of Bizet's oh-so-familiar overture, you could sense from the pit the anticipation of a Thoroughbred at the racetrack before the bell. This was a moment that Buckley and the musicians of the Austin Lyric Opera orchestra – and no doubt all the local performers still unseen behind the curtain – were so ready for: the first performance in ALO's new home at the Long Center..."
"...On Dec. 12, Richard Buckley announced his resignation as artistic director when his contract expires next June..."
"...premiere of Philip Glass' Waiting for the Barbarians, there was a financial crisis that undercut its forward momentum – the opera is back in growth mode. The 2011 sale of the company's Lake|Flato-designed headquarters on Barton Springs Road resolved the debt issues that troubled it for years, and subscriptions have been on the rise since the 25th-anniversary season, according to Artistic Director Richard Buckley..."
"...Last week, the board of trustees announced that Kevin Patterson of Pittsburgh Opera would be joining the organization as its new general director. Patterson succeeds Artistic Director Richard Buckley and managing director Tamara Hale, who both resigned in December..."
"...Austin didn't do much to mark the recent centenaries of Kurt Weill, Aaron Copland, Richard Rodgers, or William Walton, and it looks as if we'll let the 100-year birth anniversaries of Marc Blitzstein and Harold Arlen in 2005 pass without fanfare, but we've got Shostakovich covered! The Russian composer passes the century mark in 2006, and a full 15 area arts organizations are working together to commemorate the occasion with performances, lectures, symposiums, perspectives, and art exhibitions. Austin Lyric Opera Artistic Director Richard Buckley is at the head of this effort, which has already been a year in the planning, and his company will launch the festivities officially known as Shostakovich 100: Austin Celebrates with a staging of the composer's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Jan..."
"...Maestro Richard Buckley, however, despite working from a spot down below, was always on the side of the angels. The robustness of the orchestral sound, its richness in communicating drama and character – not only in the heavily weighted sections of the score but also in the lighter passages, which the musicians handled with a notable delicacy and lyricism – revealed just how far Buckley has taken this orchestra in 10 years..."
"...Here, Adriana Zabala's Hansel and Alicia Berneche's Gretel come across as strong and resourceful enough to save their own bacon, as it were. (They also convey convincingly that alternating friction and affection between siblings.) But I have to say, there is another hero in this Hansel and Gretel: ALO principal conductor Richard Buckley..."
"...And the music is still clearly Verdi: brilliant, its strong melodies easy to enjoy even at a first hearing. From the orchestra pit, Richard Buckley, now in his second season as artistic director, poured his passion for the work into the conducting, but something was awry..."