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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 Sets Audiences Atop the World's Tallest Mountain
Joby Talbot's adventurous new opera scales Everest
"...composer Joby Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer have taken opera to new heights – literally – in Everest. Their..."

Jan. 17, 2020 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 Everest
The production took audiences to the summit with powerhouse elements that made this opera grand
"...Opera, I've come to find, is defined by its ability..."

Jan. 31, 2020 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

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 La Bohème
The beauty of the music and stagecraft in this production teaches us something about love and art
"...Thanos' dismembered universe, how about a night at the opera?..."

May 3, 2019 Arts Review by Laura Jones

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

Nominees for the 2018-19 Austin Critics Table Awards Announced
The Critics Table's picture-perfect year
"...Members of the Austin Critics Table have considered the hundreds of stage productions,..."

May 13, 2019 Arts Post 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

Austin Arts Happenings Online: A Chronicle Round-up for Your Quarantined Exploration
Live and creative diversions – from your talented friends & neighbors
"...So many Austinites doing live shows (or even something resembling what we’d..."

March 23, 2020 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

"Shoot Like a Grrrl" Takes You on a Club Crawl Through Lost Austin
Photographer Martha Grenon's exhibit at SouthPop covers the Austin music scene in the Eighties and Nineties
"...print: "Joe Ely and (Little) Charlie Sexton, Club Foot, Austin, June 1982," adding that Charlie is 13. That may..."

Aug. 30, 2019 Arts Feature 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

A Guide to Austin Classical Music
The virtuosi who know the score and make beautiful music happen here
"...throw you. In the context of classical music in Austin, it doesn't mean formal. It doesn't mean stodgy. It..."

April 26, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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

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

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 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

How to Celebrate Austin Museum Day 2020
In person and virtual events abound on the city' annual free museum day
"...Here comes the 23rd annual Austin Museum Day, citizen, that free celebration of art, culture,..."

Sept. 15, 2020 Arts Post

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