Austin’s only opera house brings Verdi’s, Gounod’s, and Mozart’s music to life in its 28th season
Austin Lyric Opera is unmasking their 2014-15 season and letting Austin get in on the excitement. Bringing the thrill and drama of some of opera’s biggest sensations to the Long Center stage, ALO’s General Director, Joseph Specter, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Richard Buckley, will lead the opera company into their 28th season.
Starting in November, ALO’s season kicks-off with Verdi’s incomparable rendition of A Masked Ball, followed in January/February, by Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and springtime performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in April/May.
The season features a series of firsts for the nationally-recognized company, including its first completely new production in eight years, with A Masked Ball. This production will also mark the first time ALO has presented an opera with sets driven entirely by digital projections. Acclaimed designer Wendall K. Harrington’s vibrant images will bring the scenery of the epic opera to life. Ms. Harrington’s participation comes through a growing partnership between ALO and the University of Texas, where Ms. Harrington will serve as artist in residence at the Department of Theater & Dance. It is the first time ALO and UT have collaborated on a project of this scale. The production will feature debut artist, tenor Dominick Chenes, as Riccardo and Mardi Byers as Amelia, returning to Austin following her company debut in the current season’s Tosca.
The season continues in January 2015, with the classic tale of star-crossed lovers, as ALO presents Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet. After meeting at a masked ball, the iconic young lovers vow to defy their families in the name of love. The production stars Metropolitan Opera tenor, Stephen Costello, and internationally acclaimed soprano Joyce El-Khoury in the title roles.
ALO’s season finishes in the spring of 2015 with Mozart’s tantalizing treat, Don Giovanni. The tale of seduction and revenge is one of Austin’s favorite operas. Morgan Smith, a seasoned Giovanni, has won acclaim for his performance in recent productions of Heggie’s Moby Dick, which were performed throughout the United States and broadcast nationally on PBS Great Performances. Smith will return to the ALO stage as lead in the opera company’s fourth production of Don Giovanni in its 28-season run.
ALO invites Austin to join them behind the mask for the upcoming season. Subscribers to the 2013-14 Season are invited to renew their Season Tickets by May 5. New Season Tickets will be available on May 6, and Single Tickets, Group Sales and Student Tickets will be available in the Fall 2014. More information here.