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The Marriage of Figaro
Austin Lyric Opera offered something to delight everyone with its funny and excellent 'Marriage of Figaro'
"...Is there a perfect opera? Well, perhaps not, although many think Mozart's comic opera,..."

May 6, 2005 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Culture Flash!
UT Opera scores a wealth of green while ALO is in the black, and Salvage Vanguard Labor Party wins a vote of financial confidence
"...UT Opera Theatre is singing the praises of Ernest and Sarah..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Dead Man Walking
The extraordinary new opera Dead Man Walking takes its audience on a journey from a place of horror and abhorrence to one of comprehension and compassion, a place where we may see the humanity of a murderer, and in Austin Lyric Opera's potent production we feel each step taken on its long and stony way.
"...This is where we begin in the extraordinary new opera Dead Man Walking, and the scene is presented with..."

Jan. 17, 2003 Arts Review 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.
"...can a million dollars buy you? Well, if you're Austin Lyric Opera and a dozen other North American opera..."

March 17, 2000 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

La Bohème
A natural and believable cast makes Puccini's enduring romance captivating yet again
"...La Bohème is the rare opera that captures audiences over and over, regardless of repeat..."

Nov. 13, 2009 Arts Review by Michael Kellerman

Rigoletto
With Rigoletto , Austin Lyric Opera once again executes in bold strokes a classic opera in the vaulting openness of the City Coliseum, with director Joseph McClain again showing a flair for the theatrical and finding a degree of intimacy in that vast space.
"...Austin Lyric Opera has once again executed in bold strokes..."

May 17, 2002 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Armstrong Community Music School
Austin Lyric Opera can't help but sing about 10 years of music instruction
"...Has it really been a decade since Austin Lyric Opera opened the Armstrong Community Music School?..."

March 26, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

After a Fashion
Balls to the walls, baby. This week in Fashion is balls to the walls.
"...was deeply afraid that the orange theme of the Austin Museum of Art's 10th Art Ball would resemble a..."

April 7, 2006 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

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
"...Unfortunately, sometimes that doesn't happen. Opening night of the Austin Lyric Opera season this year meant overcoming Hurricane Katrina's..."

Oct. 14, 2005 Arts Review by Ann Ciccolella

Articulations
Austin Lyric Opera's new artistic director receives raves for his conducting at Seattle Opera, Beehive diva Judy Arnold takes ill, and Chronicle Arts writer Barry Pineo gets a publishing deal for his book on acting.
"...Richard Buckley, Austin Lyric Opera's new artistic director, has been in the..."

Oct. 24, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Don Giovanni: Lover on the Lam
Robi Polgar examines the Austin Lyric Opera production of Mozart's Don Giovanni.
"...Mozart's phenomenal opera exemplifies how you can take the art out of..."

Nov. 26, 1999 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Articulations
Getting Online With Art
"...good friends in Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance of Austin. This Saturday, January 18, ALAA presents "Art in Cyberspace,"..."

Jan. 17, 1997 Arts Column

Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2014
It was a year in which the personal shone through in dance and classical works small and large
"...epic undertaking executed with style and verve – an Austin miracle...."

Jan. 2, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

All Over Creation: Mozart Was an Austinite
The spirit of innovation that drove the composer lives on in our city
"...Before it was played by the Aeolus String Quartet, Austin Chamber Music Center Artistic Director Michelle Schumann had alerted..."

Feb. 15, 2013 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Turandot
ALO's production puts the 'grand' in grand opera
"...Hall at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, 472-5992 www.austinlyricopera.org Through April 22 Running time: 3 hr...."

April 20, 2012 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
This opera focused on the mind but had just as much to say about the heart
"...Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a chamber opera adapted from the famous case study by neurologist Oliver..."

July 16, 2010 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Long Center: Who's playing
Austin's new performing-arts center releases the performance schedule for its first few months
"...The countdown to the grand opening of Austin's new performing-arts center has passed the 80-day mark, and..."

Jan. 11, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

After a Fashion
Stephen goes to the Texas Film Hall of Fame and tells who was dripping in what
"...attendees dished out approximately $400,000 after expenses for the Austin Film Society. "Death to all dull garage-sale-esque silent auctions,"..."

March 17, 2006 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

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
"...Austin Lyric Opera's first production of The Flying Dutchman was..."

April 2, 2004 Arts Review by Jerry Young

Così Fan Tutte
The lack of passion in Austin Lyric Opera's Così Fan Tutte transforms Mozart's curious opera into a prime-time sitcom with a spectacular orchestra.
"...for dirty comedy and frivolity is offered up in Austin Lyric Opera's production of Così Fan Tutte. Ferrando is..."

Jan. 16, 2004 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Top 10 Onstage Works of Wonder in 2002
Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires delivers his list of the Top 10 most memorable productions in the performing arts for 2002.
"...2. A Streetcar Named Desire (Austin Lyric Opera): A glimpse inside a not-so-beautiful mind, with..."

Jan. 3, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
A grand operatic production of Turnadot by the Chinese National Opera has been canceled, playwright C. Denby Swanson receives a McKnight Advancement Grant, Davy Crockett gets caught in the Web, and Peter Pan receives his own Amy's Ice Cream flavor.
"...It promised to be epic, grand opera with a capital G, an event that would have..."

May 10, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Seven Austin arts organizations receive outreach grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, playwright C. Denby Swanson receives a McKnight Advancement Grant, and Peter Pan receives his own Amy's Ice Cream flavor.
"...Seven Austin arts organizations received some welcome news from the National..."

May 3, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Austin Lyric Opera hires a new managing director, Horton Foote's The Carpetbagger's Children is named best new play by America's theatre critics, and half-price tickets are back at BookPeople.
"...Opera lovers, take note: Some of the heat is off..."

April 12, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
It may still be too hot to frolic in the noonday sun, but it's not too hot to put on a show to help someone in need, and that's what a number of Austin artists are up to this month, raising funds for flood victims in Houston and an Austin musician with a spinal cord injury.
"...the Alley Theatre, and the Wortham Theater Center. The Austin Theatre Alliance has enticed most of the major arts..."

Aug. 24, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
The passing of Austin dancer Tamara Barrington Yaryan and opera star Irra Petina Bussey.
"...of our dance community's year, the week of the Austin-wide celebration DanceFest, a dark shadow has fallen. Last Friday,..."

Jan. 28, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Tosca
Austin Lyric Opera brought all the power in Puccini's opera to bear in a staging that pitted heaven against hell
"...So mighty were the forces at war in Austin Lyric Opera's recent production of Tosca that heaven and..."

Feb. 7, 2014 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Method to Their Madness
Two leading ladies reflect on their psychotic characters' unique relationships with the score
"...the wisest of actions. This isn't to say that Austin actress Meredith McCall and Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova haven't..."

Jan. 27, 2012 Arts Feature by Adam Roberts

Hansel and Gretel
Set in the Gilded Age, this operatic fairy tale really resonates with the present
"...was – would have likely been enough to make Austin Lyric Opera's production of Hansel and Gretel feel relevant..."

April 30, 2010 Arts Review by Robert Faires

L'Étoile (The Star)
You can thank your lucky stars for this opera of big, colorful, bouncy fun
"...time: 2 hr, 20 min, 701 W. Riverside, 472-5992, www.austinlyricopera.org..."

Feb. 5, 2010 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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