Austin Lyric Opera

Ready for its close-up

Harpo 1, Culture 0, when the Marx Brothers spend <i>A 
Night at the Opera.</i>
Harpo 1, Culture 0, when the Marx Brothers spend A Night at the Opera.

Next season Austin Lyric Opera turns 20 – my, time flies when you're having fun – and Artistic Director Richard Buckley has announced what's coming in the big year. The season's coup – the American premiere of Philip Glass' new opera, Waiting for the Barbarians (Jan. 19-29, 2007) – was announced months ago, so the real news concerned the operas on either side of the Glass, as it were. Both are tried and true works: Puccini's Madame Butterfly (Nov. 17-20) and Rossini's The Barber of Seville (April 14-22, 2007), with the latter marking ALO's long-awaited exit from Bass Concert Hall. With its future home in the Long Center's Dell Hall not available until fall 2008, the opera will decamp at Riverbend Centre in the interim, starting with a semistaged version of Barber. Sooner – as in this week – ALO serves up a banquet of opera on celluloid in a party titled Lights, Camera, Opera. A lively program of opera-inspired film clips from the silent era (!) to the Nineties – Harpo, Pacino, Bugs Bunny, Cher! – is accompanied by live music by the White Ghost Shivers, an appearance by the Lonestar Rollergirls, and banter between yours truly and award-winning actress Barbara Chisholm.

Lights, Camera, Opera takes place March 25, Saturday, 8pm, at the Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces. For more information, call 472-5992 or visit

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Robert Faires
TEMP's <i>Mystic, Scientist, Scholar, Nun: Music of Hildegard von Bingen</i>
TEMP's Mystic, Scientist, Scholar, Nun: Music of Hildegard von Bingen
The 12th century polymath's deep appreciation for creation came forth in a constant stream of praise that TEMP made uplifting

May 17, 2019

Celebrate the Apollo 11 Moon Landing With These Texas Road Trips
Celebrate the Apollo 11 Moon Landing With These Texas Road Trips
Houston and other Texas sites celebrate the golden anniversary of the first lunar landing

May 17, 2019


Austin Lyric Opera, Richard Buckley, Philip Glass, Waiting for the Barbarians, Puccini, Madame Butterfly, Rossini, The Barber of Seville, Bass Concert Hall, Long Center, Dell Hall, Riverbend Centre, Lights, Camera, Opera, White Ghost Shivers, Lonestar Rollergirls, Barbara Chisholm

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle