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ALO HQ Breaks Ground & Breaks Into Song

April 9, 1999 Arts Feature

Calaf's quest for the heart of the icy princess Turandot is the stuff of legend and, in Austin Lyric Opera production of Puccini's opera, was an opportunity to hear some exquisite music excellently performed.
"...actress. Whether this had more to do with her aloofness as an ice maiden or her tedious movement, director..."

Nov. 28, 2003 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

The Flying Dutchman
Austin Lyric Opera's first production of The Flying Dutchman was a solid and compelling staging of the opera that marked a turning point in Wagner's career and in German opera
"...opening curtain, where he left us in the dark alone with Wagner's overture – not even a logo projected..."

April 2, 2004 Arts Review by Jerry Young

L'Étoile (The Star)
You can thank your lucky stars for this opera of big, colorful, bouncy fun
"...ALO's staging builds on that with animated stylishness. Literally. Andrew..."

Feb. 5, 2010 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Long Center: Opening was, in a word, grand
In artistry and style, the gala opening for the Long Center was an evening worthy of a facility 16 years in the making
"...and footfall sharp. That was even more apparent when ALO conductor Richard Buckley and tenor Roger Honeywell fired up..."

April 4, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Cultural Projects A-Boomin'
" of the facility, with architects, mayor, and an ALO chorus in vintage voice helping get the project off..."

April 9, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Austin's Classical Music Preview 'Tis the Season
I've written about the
" production, with a set designed especially for the ALO, of Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor. This classic tragedy..."

Nov. 17, 1995 Arts Feature

Arts Stalwarts
Twelve of Austin's cultural heroes will be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame at the 2003 Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony, and here is an introduction to them and some of their significant contributions to the local arts scene.
"...conducted countless concerts, and served as Austin Lyric Opera's chorus master its first six seasons. Thanks to him, UT..."

May 30, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Lyric Opera Makes History With Tannhäuser Our First Wagner
"...expanded beyond its standard size and the already hefty chorus has doubled in number. This is big in terms..."

Jan. 12, 1996 Arts Feature

Il Trovatore
Austin Lyric Opera's 'Il Trovatore' featured voices in good form, from the leads to the chorus, but the relationships among the characters was clearly missing
"...meant overcoming Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the scenery that ALO had arranged to rent from the New Orleans Opera...."

Oct. 14, 2005 Arts Review by Ann Ciccolella

The Magic Flute
ALO opens its 25th season with a magical revival of Mozart's opera
"...of Mozart's immortal singspiel The Magic Flute. Just as ALO's first season opened with beloved opera icons Papageno, Sarastro,..."

Nov. 11, 2011 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

'Hat' Trick
The Austin Chamber Music Festival gets you as close to opera as can be
"...and the racks of opulent costumes. Lose the huge chorus and army of supernumeraries. Cut the cast by two-thirds..."

July 9, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Bats Left, Sings Right
With help from Esther's Follies, Austin Lyric Opera turns Strauss' Viennese waltz into a Texas two-step
"..."Octopus' Garden" of the Beatles, and the classic "Jalapeño Chorus," which shifts Handel to a Tex-Mex joint. In his..."

May 30, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'The Barber of Seville': Oh, we meant to do it this way
With Bass Concert Hall no longer available, Austin Lyric Opera is working to stage The Barber of Seville in a hall with no orchestra pit, no proscenium, and no wing space
"...the University of Texas campus. A year from now, ALO, like other Austin arts organizations, will be performing at..."

April 13, 2007 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Critic's Picks
Arts & Entertainment
"...them in dark theatres. In the past six months alone, aGLIFF has sponsored an Academy Awards party, a Wizard..."

Oct. 5, 2001 Best of Austin Feature

Austin Lyric Opera brought all the power in Puccini's opera to bear in a staging that pitted heaven against hell
"...the power in the score to bear onstage, and ALO assembled one that invested Tosca's love of an artist..."

Feb. 7, 2014 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Lyric Opera’s debut in the Long Center serves Bizet’s classic in a clear, uncluttered way that satisfies
"...– were so ready for: the first performance in ALO's new home at the Long Center. So when that..."

April 25, 2008 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Top 10 Classical Music Treasures of 2011
Ancient voices, singing strings, and lots of Bach made 2011 a fine year for ears
" Jonathan Dove's airport-set opera may be earthbound, but ALO's production took wing, its portrait of lives in transit..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

ALO's production puts the 'grand' in grand opera
"...of the season, as does Marc David Erck's mighty chorus. The supporting cast is the strongest of this year's..."

April 20, 2012 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Art Fun in the Summertime
"...Naked Man Season finale for Capital City Men's Chorus with guests Alamo City Men's Chorale of San Antonio...."

May 21, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Let Him Entertain You
Why producer Charles Duggan is staging the biggest holiday spectacular Austin's ever seen
"...the Posada, "Jingle Bells" performed on 1,500 kazoos, a sing-along "Hallelujah Chorus," a live Frosty the Snowman (who melts),..."

Dec. 25, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Wonders of 2008
Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires recaps 2008 in dance and classical music
"...Messa da Requiem (Conspirare, Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, and Texas State University Chorale) Craig Hella Johnson and..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk' burns with violent passions and dark deeds, and Austin Lyric Opera brings this torrid tale to blazing life
"...the production visually in the opera's homeland, outfitting the chorus, which is employed to move set pieces about and..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Events of 2005 That Engaged and Endure
'Chronicle' Arts Editor Robert Faires lists his favorite performances of dance and classical music from 2005
"...this ancient tragedy is nothing if not demanding, but ALO rose to the challenge, led by Artistic Director Richard..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Real Estate and Perfect Mates
The Year in Austin Culture
"...the globe and out of innocence that revealed anew ALO's great facility with modern works, American music, and comedy...."

Jan. 5, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Aida: Outmatched by the Set
Austin Lyric Opera's Aida looks like a million bucks, but its stunning visuals are undercut by some less-than-grand human qualities.
"...dollars cannot buy you aesthetic pleasure, however, and while ALO must be ecstatic that demand for tickets for this..."

March 17, 2000 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Candide: On the Road Again
Local Arts Reviews
"...single buttock tied behind her back. And Cheryl Parrish, ALO's radiant Cunegonde, did it with a deft comedic touch..."

Jan. 21, 2000 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Back to the Garden
The musical Candide has had as tumultuous a life as its wandering hero. Robert Faires catalogs its journey and explains what has kept it alive and why it's always a pleasure to revisit.
"...versions have taken the work forward, if at times along radically different lines, but so far none has won..."

Jan. 14, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

These Are the Days
Extolling an Exciting New Era of Austin Theatre
"...this year exemplified their process: years of nurturing the chorus; bringing in experienced Wagnerian singers; and developing their audience's..."

Nov. 1, 1996 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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