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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,"

Feb. 5, 2010 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
"...a moment that Buckley and the musicians of the Austin Lyric Opera orchestra – and no doubt all the..."

April 25, 2008 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
ALO has blood on the tracks in 2006, and Salvage Vanguard lands a new office
"...• Austin Lyric Opera Artistic Director Richard Buckley announced the company's..."

March 11, 2005 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Learning Curve
Lessons from the Long Center's first six months
"...out what kind of cultural facility they wanted for Austin, carefully crafting it through the design and construction and..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Arts Feature 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
"...greeted by actors garbed as figures from theatre and opera – Hamlet, the Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret's Sally..."

April 4, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Timeline
"...1959: Grand opening of Municipal Auditorium, designed by the Austin firm Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse & Greeven. Credit for the..."

March 21, 2008 Arts Feature

Event Menu
Aug. 10-16
" Six Lounge, Vicci, and Speakeasy before stopping at Austin's City Hall. Some of the city's finest culinary talent..."

Aug. 10, 2007 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

'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
"...For most of its 20-year history, Austin Lyric Opera has performed at Bass Concert Hall, one..."

April 13, 2007 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

After a Fashion
Throw down after throw down, 2006 was one biiiig par-tay for your Style Avatar
"...them represented institutions that make the arts scene in Austin happen. Arts are for everyone, and it's the parties..."

Dec. 29, 2006 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

After a Fashion
Stephen takes on 'Project Runway'
"...that while I loved living there 10 years ago, Austin had completely spoiled me. The crowded streets seemed not..."

March 31, 2006 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

The Austin Shakespeare Festival gets a roof over its head and a place of its own, and Austin Lyric Opera gets a new season and a cool million
"...most of that time spent out of doors, the Austin Shakespeare Festival is about to get a roof over..."

March 5, 2004 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Nine Austin arts organizations find grants in their stockings, courtesy of a Santa played by the National Endowment for the Arts.
"...Nine Austin arts organizations have had their holiday hopes fulfilled: A..."

Dec. 29, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The joyful debut of the new Austin Lyric Opera headquarters and community music school.
"...-- all manner of music helped welcome the new Austin Lyric Opera office center and school into the local..."

May 5, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Daniel Catán
Renowned opera composer dies while in residence at the Butler School of Music
"...Daniel Catán passed away in his sleep here in Austin. He had celebrated his 62nd birthday just the Sunday..."

April 22, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Things to Happen to Classical Music in 2014
The year saw Austin go big in classical with big-name artists and competitions coming to town, and big crowds, too
"...1) THE MENUHIN COMPETITION Austin got to host this massive international violin competition the..."

Jan. 2, 2015 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

Austin Lyric Opera closed its season with a haunting and powerful production of Gounod's devilish work
"...Austin Lyric Opera's production of Gounod's Faust was so haunting..."

May 3, 2013 Arts Review by Natalie Zeldin

Top 10 Classical Music Treasures of 2011
Ancient voices, singing strings, and lots of Bach made 2011 a fine year for ears
"...2) 'FLIGHT' (Austin Lyric Opera) The travelers in Jonathan Dove's airport-set opera..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Morris Beachy
Remembering Austin's pioneering choral conductor
"...The man who brought together more voices in Austin than anyone else has sung his last song. Morris..."

Feb. 18, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'Hansel and Gretel'
Mezzo Liz Cass lands a big break playing the familiar fairy-tale villainess
"...Call it a Cinderella story for Hansel and Gretel. Austin mezzo-soprano Liz Cass, who has enlivened many an Austin..."

April 23, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

La Follia
La Serva Padrona was a surprise hit in 1733, and it still delights today
"...history. The bad news? It wasn't the big, serious opera written on commission. It was the frothy and fun..."

April 16, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

American Repertory Ensemble
Coming soon to a computer or TV screen near you: dance and classical music from ARE?
"...such as U2 3D. Check out how the Metropolitan Opera has been expanding its fan base with its series..."

July 24, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2008
Chronicle Arts writer Barry Pineo on the most memorable moments onstage in 2008
"...4) Cinderella (Austin Lyric Opera) The first opera I'd ever seen and..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Wonders of 2007
Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires recaps 2007 in dance and classical music
"...1) Waiting for the Barbarians (Austin Lyric Opera) Mounting the American premiere of a new..."

Jan. 4, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
A big gift for Austin Lyric Opera, national honors for two of Austin's young classical musicians, and TexARTS sails up a Big River in January
"...• Longtime arts patron James C. Armstrong has given Austin Lyric Opera $500,000 to endow the chair of the..."

Nov. 17, 2006 Arts Column 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
"...crime novels and films. And as adapted to the operatic stage in 1932 by Dmitri Shostakovich and co-librettist Alexander..."

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
"...5) Light: The Holocaust and Humanity Project (Ballet Austin) Without ever showing a swastika or shower, BA Artistic..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

So Long, Palmer
Before spring is out, contractors will begin tearing down old Palmer Auditorium so it can be become the Long Center for the Performing Arts
"...2007, when Bass Concert Hall will be closed to Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin, and the Austin Symphony. With..."

April 8, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Za vashe zdorov'ye, Shostakovich!
Fifteen local arts organizations work together to celebrate Shostakovich's 100th birthday
"...Austin didn't do much to mark the recent centenaries of..."

March 18, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Austin Circle of Theaters has handed out its annual B. Iden Payne Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in local theatre from August 2002 through July 2003.
"...On Monday, Sept. 29, the Austin Circle of Theaters handed out its annual B. Iden..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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