You’re invited to experience an exclusive Opera Preview for Don Giovanni!
Please join us for an informative discussion exploring Mozart’s greatest opera, Don Giovanni, with the Director of the Butler Opera Center, Dr. Robert DeSimone. These lively events give attendees the opportunity to learn about the upcoming opera while mingling with other opera enthusiasts. Austin Opera is committed to fostering a deeper connection with the community through programs that entertain as they educate.
Dr. Robert DeSimone combines an active career as Stage Director, Pianist, Coach, and Administrator. Originally a pianist, he received his musical education in Switzerland, Italy, University of Southern California, Manhattan School of Music, and Music Academy of the West. He studied piano with Emanuel Bay, Paul Stoye and John Crown. A protégé of Nora Quarrie, Sadler Wells Theatre in London, he spent four years training in the tradition of England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His opera studies include work with stage directors Hans Zimmerman, Herbert Graf, coach/conductor Luigi Ricci, Sergius Kagen and Hans Willi-Hausselein.
He has worked with major theatres in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Brazil, and Panama. His work has been seen at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles Music Center, Lincoln Center and opera companies throughout the States.
Arts administration posts include: Administrative Director- Music Center Opera Association Los Angeles, Director-City of the Angels Opera, Executive Director- Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Co-Director-Academia Vocale di Lucca in Italy, Artistic Director- Opera Panama.
A recipient of awards from the Adolph’s Foundation, National Thespian Society, Italian Government, National Association of Piano Teachers, Austin Circle of Theatres, he received special commendation from the National Association of Teachers of Singing for his work in contemporary opera. Host for the cablevision series “Encore”. He is an active lecturer and presents Master Classes in Opera.
Dr. DeSimone is Director of the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center and Associate Director for External Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Bring a friend and enjoy a night of food, fun and enlightening presentations!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Cocktail Reception at 6:30 pm
Lecture begins at 7:00 pm
Opera Previews are $20 a person
For tickets, please contact Dianne Van Hulle, Patron Services Manager, at 512.610.7684 or at dvanhulle@AustinOpera.org