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Flamencos, Mariachis, and Murder Announced for Austin Opera 2023-24 Season
New year kicks off with murderous classic Pagliacci
"...Austin Opera's current season is not yet over, but before last..."

Jan. 27, 2023 Arts Post by Richard Whittaker

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

April 29, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
The plodding stage musical finally comes to the big screen, its relentlessly bombastic score intact with a vengeance.
"...about the artistic merits of The Phantom of the Opera. It must be said, however, that the screen version..."

Dec. 24, 2004 Movie Review by Steve Davis

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 Jackass: The Movie with..."

April 13, 2016 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

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 free-range goldenthroats staging..."

April 14, 2017 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

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

Jan. 27, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Austin Opera Races Back Into Live Performance With Tosca at Circuit of the Americas
The company brings grand opera to the Grand Prix with an outdoor staging of Puccini's powerhouse
"...By the summer of 2020, Austin Opera knew that the first two productions of its 2020-21..."

April 30, 2021 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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

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

Feb. 1, 2018 Arts Post 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

Repo! The Genetic Opera
This cyber-gothic opera set in an unsavory world of the near-future stars Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino, and Paris Hilton, among others.
"...Zdunich. What could be more suited to the classic operatic format than a cyber-gothic story of family treachery, clandestine..."

Nov. 7, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Local Opera Local Artists' We Might Be Struck by Lightning
In this new pastiche chamber opera, LOLA takes us on a bold musical journey
"...Lightning, Rebecca Herman, founding artistic producer of LOLA (Local Opera Local Artists), takes a unique approach to presenting art..."

Aug. 25, 2017 Arts Review by Michelle Haché

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.
"...Fu Zombie Bastards From Hell! and Cocaine Ninja. Rock Opera bubbles up from the same primordial college-town underground ooze..."

Sept. 3, 1999 Movie Review by Russell Smith

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet
A lovely, enthralling examination of the Paris Opera Ballet from Frederick Wiseman.
"...Wiseman. In his fly-on-the-wall examination of the world-class Paris Opera Ballet, Wiseman travels with camera in and out of..."

Jan. 29, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Southern Soap Opera
The Drive-by Truckers' two-night stand.
" 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

Peking Opera Blues
Deception and betrayal in culture and politics take center stage in this splendid narrative that shifts between farce and violence, suspense and emotionality.
" actress in her father's repertory group, The Peking Opera, but is forbidden to do so because she is..."

April 23, 1993 Movie Review by Pamela Bruce

A Night at the Opera
Jon Else's Sing Faster, showing this Wednesday as part of the Texas Documentary Tour, shows us opera Like we've never seen it before from the stagehands' perspective.
"...Sure, opera's an acquired taste; many find it hard to sit..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

Austin Opera Probes the Power and Perils of Connection With The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
The local company launches a new collaborative production for the nation
"...think will make sense for Austin." So says Austin Opera general director and CEO Annie Burridge, and that's why..."

Jan. 28, 2022 Arts Feature by Richard Whittaker

Austin Lyric Opera: Pittsburgh Opera's Kevin Patterson takes the reins
Kevin Patterson of Pittsburgh Opera has been hired to serve as Austin Lyric Opera's new general director
"...Austin Lyric Opera has a new face. Last week, the board of..."

July 6, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Lyric Opera's Stampede
The opera launches a festival to celebrate Austin's musical diversity
"..."live music capital of the world" thing, you include opera in the mix, right? Well, you should. Austin Lyric..."

Oct. 29, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Spotlight on Opera
In this training program, divas make room for regular folks to belt arias
"...Think opera is the sole province of degreed divas and baccalaureate-boasting..."

Aug. 13, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

An Opera for Wartime
Philip Glass' Waiting for the Barbarians arrives when its message is urgently needed
"...military campaign. Waiting for the Barbarians is the latest opera by Philip Glass, an adaptation of the novel by..."

Jan. 19, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

To Boldly Go Where No Opera Has Gone Before Opera: The Next Generation
"...Opera smells of age. That isn't meant as a slap..."

Dec. 22, 1995 Arts Feature

Proposed Development Would Revive Austin Opera House but Faces Neighbor Opposition
200 Academy Drive: Big hit or last call?
"...soon know: Is it showtime for a new Austin Opera House, or is it last call for live music..."

Jan. 21, 2022 News Feature by Kevin Curtin

Austin Lyric Opera: 'Carmen' glee-a
ALO makes its long-awaited move into the Long Center with opera's favorite libertine
"...nowhere is this more evident than at Austin Lyric Opera. A new, hip logo and an impressive new website..."

April 18, 2008 Arts Feature by Michael Kellerman

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