Welcome to the World of Opera!
Austin Opera is more than just our main stage productions. Austin Opera is a cultural destination for the community that delivers world-class opera performances; engages audiences in creative environments from community groups to fantastic special events; enables lifelong learning; and celebrates the diversity that makes Austin unique. From fostering the next generation of opera enthusiasts to strengthening our relationship with current ones, we are committed to fostering a deeper connection with opera and the arts.
Get to know opera by exploring our opportunities for all ages:
Austin Opera Guild – A membership organization of volunteers supporting Austin Opera
La Noche de Opera – A social and educational group for the Hispanic community
Opera Previews – Fun, informal and informative lectures one month before each production at Chez Zee and other venues, formerly “Opera On The Town”
Opera Overtures – Free lectures for ticket holders in The Long Center one hour before each performance
Opera Treasure Chest – A free program for students K-4 that includes 10 carefully designed, TEKS-aligned interactive lesson plans to help students experience opera
Access Opera – A program that provides 5,000 free tickets to students, parents and teachers to attend Austin Opera dress rehearsals, formerly “Opera By Night”
Sunday Matinee Music Camp – Parents are invited to take advantage of on-site childcare through our music camp for ages 5-12 for all three mainstage performances.
Guild members enjoy the company of other music lovers through the educational and social events and volunteer opportunities throughout the opera season.
Twenty-five years strong, the Austin Opera Guild brings passion and creativity to both casual and formal gatherings designed to enhance your experience. The Guild is an organization that focuses on volunteer service to the Austin Opera company, opera enrichment for our members through social and educational opportunities, and fundraising through the Guild Boutique and Special Events.
Almost 300 members provide the pulse, support, and lifeline for the company and our Central Texas community. Volunteering in multiple roles is encouraged through our various opportunities. There is nothing more rewarding than donating your time, energy, and talent to the Austin Opera. Besides, we have a lot of fun!
We invite you to join us and share our love of opera in Austin. Please visit our the Austin Opera Guild page for more information.
Austin Opera docents are available to speak to your school group of 25 or more during the month leading up to each dress rehearsal. Docents talk about attending what it is like to attend the opera, and provide a historical and cultural context for the opera students will see. Click HERE for a transcript of our recent docent lecture for Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet.
For more information about docents or tickets, please contact Erin Horan, Education and Administrative Coordinator, 512-610-7689 or ehoran@AustinOpera.org.
Don Giovanni Dress Rehearsal
April 23, 2015 – 7:00 PM
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
The ultimate ladies’ man seduces the wrong woman, and her father returns from the grave to bring Giovanni to his destiny. Join us for this incredible production featuring powerful vocals, the captivating virtuoso of Mozart, and a unique set where seduction, entertainment and danger collide. Don Giovanni is both charismatic and repulsive in his cavalier manipulations of others. But Don Giovanni, with all his arrogance, promiscuity and cunning, is finally undone by a vengeful victim incapable of outwit or defeat. This masterpiece, deemed “the greatest opera ever written” by George Bernard Shaw, brings justice to an outlandishly lecherous and wild man.
With support from the Georgia B. Lucas Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, HEB and 3M, Austin Opera is pleased to offer this free opera experience to thousands of school-age children and school staff every year. Your participation in this event ensures that Austin will continue to have a thriving performing arts community for generations.
These evenings are designed for fifth grade through high school students, their teachers, and accompanying adults. While we do allow younger children to attend if their parents feel they are mature enough to sit through a full opera performance, we discourage children under the age of 5 from attending these performances.
Before making a decision about bringing your school group to the opera, please read the synopsis to be sure it is appropriate for your students.
Ticket reservations will be open for this dress rehearsal on March 18, 2015.
Austin Opera has engaged local teachers to assist in the creation of TEKS-aligned study guides as part of the Access Opera program. The lessons focus on a number of different subject areas and are designed to be used whether or not your school attends the dress rehearsals. Study Guides will be available four weeks prior to each dress rehearsal.
For more information about Opera Treasure Chest or to book a Treasure Chest for your school please contact Erin Horan, Education and Administrative Coordinator, 512-610-7689 or ehoran@AustinOpera.org.
For information on attending our next Opera Preview, click HERE.
La Noche’s relaxed events are the perfect way to learn more about this wonderful art form. To find out how to get involved with La Noche de Opera, contact Erica Lopez at Noche@AustinOpera.org or join by returning the downloadable membership form below.
La Noche de Opera Chair: Lilliana Ruiz Garcia
La Noche de Opera Assistant Chair: Erica Lopez
La Noche de Opera Committee: David Rice, Karina Lucio, Fely Garcia, Frank Trevino, Hector Torres, Laura Gutierrez-Witt, Marion Sanchez, Martha Salazar, Michi Spielman, Ollie Besteiro, Paula Damore, Tana Christie, Veronica Trevino, Antonia Warren, Curby Conoley Tableriou and Kitty Garza.
For Spanish speaking opera lovers, please enjoy this Spanish synopsis of our upcoming opera Don Juan
The Sunday Matinee Music Camp program will be led by teachers from Armstrong Community Music School and will provide cultural enrichment for kids ages 5 to 12 years old. Kids will make instruments, take a music lesson, try on historical costumes and more as well as take a break for snacks. Parents are asked to purchase their tickets by phone and reserve spots for their children in Sunday Matinee Music Camp at the time they purchase their tickets. Austin Opera will accept reservations for any children aged 5 to 12 years old for just $20 a child – a bargain compared to the going rate for child care of $10 an hour. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
ABOUT SUNDAY MATINEE MUSIC CAMP Adults must purchase a ticket to the opera and attend the performance. Matinee Music Camp is held in the AT&T Room on the ground floor of The Long Center. This is a secure room with easy access to exits and bathrooms. Children will not be allowed to leave the room without supervision by at least one Austin Opera/ACMS staff member of volunteer. For more information about ACMS, click here.
Matinee Music Camp is available for children 5-12 years old. Please alert staff ahead of time about any special needs, restrictions, allergies, etc.
Adults will be asked to sign a waiver and leave their seat locations and cell phone numbers with staff at check-in. In case of emergency, Austin Opera staff will locate parents by seat number and/or be sent a text message to their cell phones. (We ask that cell phones be kept on silent or vibrate in consideration of other opera attendees.)
TYPICAL TIMES & SCHEDULE:
- 1:45 p.m. – Camp drop-off opens
- 2:00 p.m. – “Opera Overtures” pre-opera talk begins
- 3:00 p.m. – Performance begins
- 5:45 p.m. – Performance ends
Matinee Music Camp Schedule
- 1:45-2 – Composer coloring sheets and music listening
- 2-2:30 – Music class time
- 2:30-2:45 – Snack break
- 2:45-3:15 – Music Game time
- 3:15-3:45 – Music class time
- 3:45-4:15 – Make your own instruments craft time
- 4:15-4:30 – Snack break
- 4:30-5 – Composer coloring sheets and music listening
- 5-5:30 – Finish craft projects and movie time
- 5:45-6 – Snack time
- 6:30 p.m. – Children must be picked up
TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS: Ticket buyers taking advantage of Sunday Matinee Music Camp will be seated in aisle seats to allow better access to entrances and exits. Ticket prices start at $19.
Matinee Music Camp is $20 per child, payable at time of ticket purchase. Existing ticket holders for this performance are invited to call Patron Services to reserve a space for their children. Space is limited, so it is recommended that you register your child for the Sunday Matinee Music Camp early.
To purchase tickets and register your children for the Music Camp, please call Patron Services at 512-610-7684.