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Austin Opera's Joseph Specter Departing
General director since 2012 is off to lead Arizona Opera
"...to the day after he joined the staff of Austin Opera as general director, Joseph Specter has tendered his..."

April 29, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Austin Opera to Mount Manchurian Candidate
Kevin Puts' take on political thriller opens 2016-17 season
"...cliche, but how better to break the news about Austin Opera's 30th season than to say it opens with..."

Jan. 27, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Austin Opera Terminates Buckley's Contract
Artistic director said to have violated policy on harassment
"...Austin Opera announced today that it has "terminated the employment..."

Feb. 1, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Austin Opera's Of Mice and Men
Artistic Director Richard Buckley on returning to the Carlisle Floyd opera that launched his conducting career
"...Richard Buckley knows a thing or two about the opera Of Mice and Men, and not just because he's..."

Jan. 22, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Opera Takes Aim at the Election With Its Adaptation of The Manchurian Candidate
Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell shoot to thrill in their opera based on Richard Condon's Cold War classic
"...unconventional of election years, why not have an unconventional opera, one that speaks directly to American politics and also..."

Sept. 16, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Opera's Madame Butterfly
The company delivers a lovely staging of this Puccini opera that builds to a heartbreaking finale
"...In the 113 years since Giacomo Puccini penned the opera, societal attitudes have evolved to make the tale of..."

May 5, 2017 Arts Review by Michelle Haché

Austin Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos
Dude ranch antics make this reimagining of Strauss too busy, but when the music takes center stage, it’s gorgeous
"...The desire to liberate operas from their traditional settings to modern-day milieus can yield..."

Feb. 2, 2018 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Austin Opera's Silent Night
This production of the Pulitzer Prize winner powerfully creates the tension of the battlefield and just as powerfully lets it go
"...For an opera inspired by the 1914 Christmas Truce, wherein soldiers on..."

Feb. 1, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Austin Opera's The Daughter of the Regiment
Just as the young woman of the title is deemed "charming," so too is Donizetti's work in this company's staging
"...is with the 21st Regiment. And yet, this charming opera offers an even brighter touch: a young woman, Marie,..."

Feb. 3, 2017 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Aida
In Verdi's Egyptian tragedy, Austin Opera excavates from the pomp and pageantry the personal
"...least as imagined by Giuseppe Verdi and presented by Austin Opera in its latest staging of Aida. Oh, the..."

Nov. 13, 2015 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Lake|Flato's Impact on Austin
The firm behind the new library has changed our city's look
"...28 has generated much buzz for Lake|Flato, the San Antonio/Austin-based architectural firm that partnered on the project with Boston's..."

Oct. 31, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Playback: Austin Music Awards (On Everything)
Austin Music Industry Awards down, here come the 2016/17 AMAs and a slew of SXSW buzz acts
"...Blaze Foley's been added to the 2016/17 Austin Music Awards lineup!..."

March 10, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2016
These inductees – Ballet Austin's Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Peter Bay – are cultural heroes who lead by example
"...That the vitality of Austin's cultural scene is owed to its leaders – those..."

May 6, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Playback: The Mayor's Plan to Save Austin Music
Mayor Steve Adler addresses the elephant in the club, Susan Antone honored, and Henry Gonzalez goes to the head of the Austin poster artist altar
"...biggest headliner ever on Wednesday ­– the Obamas – Austin music still has problems, and Steve Adler's here to..."

March 4, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Aria Having Fun Yet, Austin?
One Ounce Opera takes it to where you live your life
"...Opera in your coffeehouse, opera at your club...."

Aug. 20, 2012 Chronolog Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

This Fresh Squeeze Is All About the Opera Shorts
One Ounce Opera premieres a concert of new young composers
"...Yes, that’s Austin’s own One Ounce Opera. The ristretto-strength renegades who overdubbed..."

April 13, 2016 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Austin Filmmaking, Ten Years After
Film director Richard Linklater interviews Bob Ray, the director of the new Austin-made movie Rock Opera, about the Austin Film scene over the past 10 years.
"...Richard Linklater and crew took to the streets of Austin and filmed the now-classic movie Slacker. Little did anyone..."

Sept. 3, 1999 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Local Opera Local Artists' La Clemenza di Tito: A Retelling
The company’s take on Mozart’s last opera asks hard questions about forgiveness in a messy world
"...resonance to the latest effort from LOLA – Local Opera Local Artists – in its run this week at..."

March 2, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

One Ounce Opera’s Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera II
Austin’s One Ounce Opera juices the night away
"...Austin's One Ounce Opera, not content with their gang of..."

April 14, 2017 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Austin Lyric Opera
What the 'Faust' – an opera with a nightclub scene?
"...and timeless. So, even though composer Charles Gounod's 1859 operatic adaptation was originally set in medieval Germany, director Bernard..."

April 26, 2013 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

Rock Opera
Locally filmed micro-budget feature tells a picaresque story about a punk guitarist who is trying to sell enough pot to finance a low-rent tour for his band. His journey instead takes him on a tour through the college-town underground.
"...clear that, despite a step up to 16mm, the Austin-based, self-taught filmmaker hasn't compromised much of the flagrantly deviant..."

Sept. 3, 1999 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Southern Soap Opera
The Drive-by Truckers' two-night stand.
"...in the fall of 2001 during the Southern Rock Opera tour. His replacement, the cherubic Alabaman Jason Isbell, became..."

May 4, 2007 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

Five Recommended Arts Events in Austin This Weekend
In which your local cultural FOMO is subdued via this handy listicle
"...out and about and experiencing some of what goodness Austin’s got to offer, artwise:..."

April 6, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

35 Years of the Austin Music Awards
Living in a dream
"...the Big Boys, whose scathing punk for a classed-up Austin Music Awards show audience visited the genre’s desired effect..."

March 3, 2017 Features Feature by Doug Freeman

Austin @ Large: Access of Evil
It's a conspiracy! Defending Austin from the music network.
"...Just when I thought the interminable soap opera of the Austin Music Network couldn't get any more..."

Aug. 6, 2004 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Five Recommended Austin Arts Events This Weekend
On the weekend before that SXSW thing engulfs us all, yes
"...calm, but not the doldrums – because this is Austin, see, and there’s always plenty of worthwhile diversions from..."

March 2, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Into The Black Hole at Other Worlds Austin
Director Gary Nelson on Disney's sci-fi epic, returning this weekend
"...explodes back on the big screen at Other Worlds Austin this weekend, director Gary Nelson will be easy to..."

Dec. 7, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Having a Riot: The Chaotic and Beautiful Birth of the Austin Music Awards
"...for the 1984-85 show on March 6 at the Austin Opera House. Some major acts verbally committed to play,..."

March 3, 2017 Features Feature by Louis Black

7 Roky Erickson Moments at the Austin Music Awards
"...1986: The 1985/86 Austin Music Awards took place at the Austin Opera House..."

March 3, 2017 Features Feature

Austin Creative Alliance Honors 2016
ACA salutes SVT, Byrd, Brooks, Seibert, Willenzik at the ND
"...because of that, each is being honored by the Austin Creative Alliance at the North Door tonight...."

Nov. 16, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

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