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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
"...In the Austin production, UT Opera Theatre director Robert DeSimone and costumer Michael Hite bring together images both..."

Feb. 27, 2004 Arts Feature by Jerry Young

'The Fall of the House of Usher': When Debussy was a Poe boy
With UT's hosting of the Debussy International Congress comes a Halloween treat: an operatic adaptation based on Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher'
"...based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story, orchestrated by Robert Orledge, arguably the world's most renowned expert on the..."

Oct. 27, 2006 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

A weekly rundown of the latest news in Austin's visual and performing arts scene.
"...was, in the words of UT Opera Theatre director Robert DeSimone, "the leading baritone for years." Its significance to..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The Elixir of Love
Director Robert DeSimone relocates Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera The Elixir of Love action from the Basque countryside of the original to a 1950s-era bottling distribution warehouse, but he keeps the story clear, and his fine young cast delivers the warmth and humor of this charming opera with colorful aplomb.
"...dealt with sweetly in this all-student affair helmed by Robert DeSimone. Sung and acted with fine attention to the..."

Nov. 1, 2002 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Culture Flash
A new opera for the Butlers and a big art prize for Beili Liu
"...operatic composers today," according to Butler Opera Center Director Robert DeSimone, will compose an opera based on the 1941..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Arts Column by Robert Faires

God Save the Queenie
Duke Ellington's almost lost opera of a Harlem beautician gets rescued and a makeover
"...jazz composition John Mills, and Butler Opera Center Director Robert DeSimone – has pared the show back to something..."

April 17, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Arts Hall of Fame
The Austin Critics Table has named the fifth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
"...Robert DeSimone, director, educator, administrator (UT Opera Theatre)..."

April 21, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Della's Gift and Holy Night
The two lovely new operas 'Della's Gift' and 'Holy Night' offer us intimate examinations of love of Christmastime
"' emotional honesty – should be extended to director Robert DeSimone.) In both, the Christmas setting exposes how we..."

April 29, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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
"...with $2 million to endow it. UT Opera director Robert DeSimone says that the endowment will support new graduate..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Arts Column by Robert Faires

La Tentación de San Antonio
UT Opera Theatre tackles the American premiere of Luis Jaime Cortez's La Tentación de San Antonio with vigor, but there's too much here to take in in one pass
" the UT Opera Theatre under the direction of Robert DeSimone...."

March 5, 2004 Arts Review by Jerry Young

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.
"...them captive. Gottfried Hellmundt conducts. UT Opera Theatre Director Robert DeSimone stages La Clemenza di Tito (The Mercy of..."

Aug. 9, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

SXSW Adds 102 Movies to 2019 Film Festival Lineup
After Us, what else does the film fest have in store?
"...movies and shows, with new films from Olivia Wilde, Robert Rodriguez, Christopher Morris, and more...."

Jan. 16, 2019 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Five Nights With Monsters
ATX Halloween week: Witches, werewolves, and haints, oh my!
" stage in a new adaptation by company member Robert L. Berry. Jenni Bauer directs a cast led by..."

Oct. 22, 2015 Arts Post by Robert Faires

I'd Like to Thank ...
The 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...arts writers, began with the induction of Ada Anderson, Robert DeSimone, Jessie Otto Hite, Rodolfo Mendez, Charles Moore, David..."

June 9, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Art Fun in the Summertime
"...brings back the big-hair musical, with Felicia Dinwiddie, Lisa Robert, Meredith Robertson, Rebecca Schoolar, and Andra Mitrovich. Dave Steakley..."

May 21, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Showing the Way
The 2006 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

June 2, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

One Holiday, Two Gifts, 100 Years
Dan Welcher's pair of Yuletide operas shows what a difference a century makes

April 22, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Law and Other Performing Arts
The hottest arts venue in Austin this week may well be the UT Law School, where internationally renowned cultural figures, local arts luminaries, and prominent legal experts are converging there for a symposium on law and the performing arts.
"...Merchant of Venice. Jonathan Miller, UT Opera Theatre director Robert DeSimone, Richard Taruskin, Dean Powers, and UT philosophy professor..."

March 1, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Book news, signings, and author appearances this week.

Oct. 20, 2000 Books Column by Clay Smith

Alcina: Mystery Pageant
Local Arts Reviews
"...Director Robert DeSimone makes the most of these production values, using..."

March 3, 2000 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Prison Girls
"...Directed by: Tom Desimone. Starring: Uschi Digard, Rick Lutz, Angie Monet, Candy Samples,..."

April 12, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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