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Best Reason to Raise Your Voice: LOLA Austin

Whatever LOLA wants, LOLA gets. So it seems for the scrappy little classical-music company known as Local Opera, Local Artists. Founded by mezzo-soprano Liz Cass and director Rebecca Herman to mount the world's first version of La Bohème cast entirely with women, LOLA not only produced that show to sold-out houses and great praise (and a trio of Critics Table Awards), but also staged a three-character cabaret take on Carmen, scheduled a revival of La Femme Bohème for Valentine's Day 2016, and commissioned a new opera from Austin composer Peter Stopschinski and playwright Kirk Lynn for fall 2017. We love how LOLA stages opera in a bar (the North Door), used proceeds from its crowdfunding campaigns to support Safe Place and the Veteran's Guitar Project, and turned its first birthday party into a celebration of all local opera. LOLA truly lives by its motto: "We all sing better together."

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