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Playback: Lovers Rock
Announcing the Austin Music Awards and more Valentine's Day mash notes
"...last gasp of seething, breathless hardcore at its final Austin show on Monday at Hotel Vegas alongside Milwaukee screamers..."

Feb. 14, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Wooly Bully
Simple, the 2006/2007 Austin Music Awards
"...1983 was also the first year of the Austin Music Awards as a show. There had been a..."

March 9, 2007 Music Feature by Jim Caligiuri

Song of Life on Death Row
How Dead Man Walking came to be an opera -- and to be produced in Austin before almost every other city in the world -- reveals the great risks and rewards in developing new works for the modern operatic stage.
"...lungs and heart. It's an unlikely setting for an opera, even one that deals, as so many operas do,..."

Jan. 10, 2003 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

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

Honoria en Ciberspazio
The Opera Ain't Over 'Til the Cyber-Lady Sings
"...Honoria en Ciberspazio is a traditional-form opera for which a non-traditional libretto was created collaboratively in..."

Nov. 21, 1997 Screens Feature by Jon Lebkowsky

Jazzin' Up Catfish Row
After 70 years, Zach creates a Porgy and Bess for Austin
" often considered America's first significant addition to the opera canon, the masterpiece of one of this country's greatest..."

Jan. 25, 2008 Arts Feature by Graham Reynolds

Ruling the Roost
Austin Preeminent Concert Promoter Ponders Retirement
"...but they're a small part of his story. As Austin's most successful concert promoter, O'Connor has earned and lost..."

June 1, 2001 Music Feature by Andy Langer

New Territories
Austin Lyric Opera Ventures Into the Frontier Once More
"...illustration by Robert Faires Something in America America loves..."

Jan. 3, 1997 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

Bats Left, Sings Right
With help from Esther's Follies, Austin Lyric Opera turns Strauss' Viennese waltz into a Texas two-step
"...masters of mockery at Esther's Follies get to poke opera in the eye with a sharp stick...."

May 30, 2008 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.
" 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

Sexy Beast
With a bold new take on Andre Previn's operatic adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, Austin Lyric Opera has a remarkable opportunity to lead the operatic pack and show the world the stuff it's made of.
"...Get Brad Dalton talking about the operatic version of A Streetcar Named Desire and pretty soon..."

Jan. 18, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A weekly rundown of the latest news in Austin's visual and performing arts scene.
"...-- for almost 60 years. Now, the Lion of Austin Opera will sing no more. Jess Walters, celebrated singer,..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Arts Column 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

Page Two
Local promoter and legend Tim O'Connor is retiring (well, he says he's retiring), and I want only to praise him. Hell, look at his accomplishments -- Castle Creek, Austin Opera House, Backyard, Austin Music Hall, La Zona Rosa, Willie, Farm Aid, and that's just the beginning.
"...15 years. Starting in March 1984 with the second Austin Music Awards Show, we've (the Chronicle and SXSW) produced..."

June 1, 2001 Column by Louis Black

A Woman in Morocco
Butler Opera Center makes the most of Daron Hagen's new opera, which stuffs a lot of high drama into one story
" MoroccoMcCullough Theatre, 2375 Robert Dedman, UT campus, 512/477-6060 Through Nov. 3 Running time: 2 hr, 30 min..."

Nov. 1, 2013 Arts Review by Natalie Zeldin

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

UT: Major Arts Commissions Announced
Landmarks will get new mural, CoFA a Spanish-language opera
"...Parl√° and from the College of Fine Arts, an opera about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera...."

Aug. 4, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

When Wagner Became WAGNER
With 'The Flying Dutchman,' Richard Wagner made opera bigger than big
" 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

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

A Hole in His Heart
Baritone Morgan Smith reveals how he becomes that lover we love to hate, Don Giovanni
"...The operatic dream team of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da..."

April 24, 2015 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

The trials of St. Anthony get a modern hearing in UT Opera Theatre's American premiere of Luis Jaime Cortez's 1998 one-act opera, La Tentaciñn de San Antonio
"...Matthias Grünewald's 500-year-old depiction shows up in Paul Hindemith's opera Mathis der Maler and in starkly autobiographical paintings by..."

Feb. 27, 2004 Arts Feature by Jerry Young

LOLA's La Clemenza di Tito: A Retelling
The quality of mercy is never not strained in this new adaptation of Mozart's late opera
"...Tito as he's named in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's late opera. As the title La Clemenza di Tito notes, Rome's..."

March 9, 2018 Arts Review 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

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

Deep in the Mozart of Texas
This summer, the Austrian American Mozart Academy, an international program that provides aspiring professional singers with training and performance experience in Mozartian opera, relocates to, of all places, Austin, Texas.
" young singers go to study and perform Mozart's operas?..."

Aug. 9, 2002 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

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

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

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