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Best-run Arts Organization
Austin Lyric Opera
"...With an attendance of 27,000, Austin Lyric Opera must be doing something right. Actually, ALO..."

Aug. 4, 1995 Best of Austin Feature

Best Building That Inspires Perfect Harmony
Austin Lyric Opera's New Building
"...in town (a mere nanosecond in the world of opera), the company has engendered such enthusiasm that it has..."

Sept. 15, 2000 Best of Austin Feature

Change of Aria Code
Leaving "Lyric" behind, Austin Opera launches a new era
"...Verdi's A Masked Ball have you wondering just what Austin Opera is and what happened to that other company..."

Nov. 7, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Arias From Death Row
In conjunction with its production of the opera Dead Man Walking, Austin Lyric Opera will present a seminar focusing on the unlikely journey of her story about providing spiritual counsel to a convicted murderer on death row to the operatic stage.
"...music and sung from the stages of the world's opera halls. And yet that's just what has happened; as..."

Dec. 6, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'Hat' Trick
The Austin Chamber Music Festival gets you as close to opera as can be
"...Imagine that grand form of music drama, the opera. Now lose the three-story sets and the racks of..."

July 9, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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.
"...They are Austin's cultural heroes. They are individuals who have founded local..."

May 30, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Final Flowering
With Cold Sassy Tree, distinguished composer Carlisle Floyd crafts an opera to crown his lengthy career.
"...of artistry and craft at work in this new opera by Carlisle Floyd. Character, atmosphere, mood, dramatic tension --..."

Jan. 12, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Control Shift
Thoughts on adjusting to hard times from former opera director Kevin Patterson
"...Austin's arts scene has never seen a season as turbulent..."

May 13, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Seeds of Inspiration
The 2012 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
"...question that inevitably comes up whenever two members of Austin's creative community connect. We stay so active here all..."

June 1, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Give 'Em a Hand
The nominees for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1,..."

May 15, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Applause! Applause!
The full list of winners for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art, as presented during its annual ceremony at the Capitol City Comedy Club.
"...On Monday, June 2, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding..."

June 6, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top of the Line
The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...2010, to April 30, 2011, were assembled by the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Cate Blouke (theatre), Claire Canavan..."

May 27, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Monumental Shift
Major personnel changes across the Austin arts scene signal the start of a new era
"...When the history of Austin is written, 2007 will be remembered as the year..."

Dec. 28, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Meet the New Bosses
Long Center director Cliff Redd and ALO director Richard Buckley compare notes on leading an arts institution, the challenges they face, and being new to Austin
"...was hired last year as the artistic director for Austin Lyric Opera; Redd was named the new executive director..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Shaken, Not Deterred
Despite the many upheavals in 2011, Austin's arts scene perseveres
"...place rattled by record quakes in 2011. Alas, for Austin's arts scene, the year was also full of shock..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
"...music, and visual art. The nominations for the 2004-2005 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1,..."

May 27, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

More Places at the Table
The Austin Critics Table is about to hand out its annual awards for achievement in the arts for the 10th year, and the list of nominees is longer than ever.
"...of it. That essentially describes the reaction of the Austin Critics Table to the last year in the arts...."

May 24, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

When Wagner Became WAGNER
With 'The Flying Dutchman,' Richard Wagner made opera bigger than big
"...is a word for this scale: Wagnerian. This week, Austin Lyric Opera is staging the first opera by the..."

March 26, 2004 Arts Feature by Jerry Young

In Memoriam: Jo Anne Christian
Arts patron, leading force in building Long Center has died
"...Serenaded by Verdi, Puccini, and other composers whose operatic works she treasured, a treasured friend of the Austin..."

Nov. 14, 2015 Arts Post by Robert Faires

'Les Enfants Terribles'
Philip Glass opera gives new meaning to sibling rivalry
"...the composer chose Les Enfants Terribles to follow his operatic version of Orphée, based on the 1949 film, and..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Our Shostakovich Year
On the centenary of Dmitri Shostakovich's birth, Austin arts groups join forces to throw the Russian composer a yearlong party
"...least. In a cultural collaboration that's unprecedented locally, 15 Austin arts organizations have joined forces to commemorate Shostakovich's 100th..."

Dec. 30, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

End of an Arts Era
The most prosperous period in Austin's cultural history came to a painful close in 2003.
"...If a history of the Austin arts scene is ever written, 2003 will be remembered..."

Jan. 2, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Year's Cheers
The nominees for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 3,..."

May 14, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Outstanding!
Nominations for the 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...the future. That said, the nominations for the 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1,..."

May 18, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Cash
Austin's artists and arts groups are working hard to survive the economic downturn, and now more than ever it's essential for the city that they do.
"...seriously starting to do -- then the health of Austin's actors, painters, musicians, dancers, sculptors, singers, directors, and designers..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Hearts and Violins
Jennifer Bourianoff has found happiness playing chamber music and living in Austin.
"...The grand finale of this season's Austin Chamber Music Festival is a homecoming concert for many..."

June 29, 2001 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

On the Map
Austin's art scene kept catching the eye of the nation in 2005
"...of the country, when it's bothered to look at Austin at all, has seen it as a center for..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

And the Award Goes to ...
The 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...On Monday, June 4, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding..."

June 8, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

One Extreme to the Other
For every creative triumph in the Austin arts community in 2002 -- and they were plentiful -- there seemed to be a corresponding defeat, usually tied to the economic downturn and its problems for the arts community.
"...an existence at extremes pretty well sums up the Austin arts scene in 2002. Austin Lyric Opera proved itself..."

Jan. 3, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Texas Young Composers Concert
For the third time, the Austin Symphony gives Texas composers under 18 a chance to be heard
"...Bs (Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms)? On April 3, the Austin Symphony makes a brave foray into the new music..."

March 29, 2013 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

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