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Austin Lyric Opera Nominated for Five Austin Critics Table Awards

ALO’s January 2014 production of Tosca stunned local critics, with the opera receiving five nominations from the 2013-14 Austin Critics Table Awards. “We are exceedingly proud of Tosca and all of the artists who collaborated to make this a successful production,” says Joe Specter, ALO General Manager. “While the principal singers each received a nomination, […]

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REVIEWS: Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love

Austin Lyric Opera premiered The Elixir of Love to Austin audiences May 1-4 at The Long Center. Featuring ALO’s acclaimed orchestra led by Maestro Richard Buckley and chorus led by Marc Erck, the production welcomed principal performers Rene Barbera, Sara Gartland, Peter Strummer, Kelly Markgraf and Sara Ann Mitchell, all led by director Joseph Evans. […]

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SPECTER: Opera Must Remake Itself

Essay submitted to and published in the Austin American-Statesman, April 6, 2014 As general director of a nonprofit American opera company, it gives me tremendous pause to learn of the fall of companies as illustrious as San Diego Opera, New York City Opera, Baltimore Opera — or any of the other companies that have dropped […]

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FEB 22: Austin Lyric Opera Guild Presents Annual Wine Dinner & Auction

FEATURING EXPERT WINE PAIRINGS, SUMPTUOUS CUISINE, AND OVER-THE-TOP AUCTION ITEMS BENEFITING AUSTIN LYRIC OPERA The Austin Lyric Opera Guild joyfully announces its annual Wine Dinner & Auction, “Magnificent Maestros,” an unforgettable evening at the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking Lady Bird Lake, Saturday, February 22, at 6 p.m. The Wine Dinner & Auction will honor Maestro Richard […]

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Austin Lyric Opera Announces 2014-15 Season

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 […]

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Enter to Win Here!

Our Thursday performance of “Don Carlo” is very special! Not only does opera make for a fantastic night out, you’re also invited to join us for the Meet the Cast After Party, featuring James Valenti and the cast of Don Carlo! Let us treat you to a glass of wine while you grab photos and […]

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Statesman Preview: Don Carlo featuring James Valenti

Austin Lyric Opera tackles Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’ Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 (Statesman story here) BY JEANNE CLAIRE VAN RYZIN – AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Austin Lyric Opera boasts an all-Italian roster this season: Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” Puccini’s “Tosca” and Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love.” This is the first time ALO has presented “Don Carlo.” A towering opera […]

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Richard Buckley Celebrates 10 Years Leading Austin Lyric Opera

Austin Lyric Opera (ALO) is pleased to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Richard Buckley’s leadership. As Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Buckley has steadily increased the quality of each ALO production, even as the company faced serious financial challenges. “We’ve been through a lot,” says Buckley, “but Austin Lyric Opera is in a really good […]

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