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7:30PM, Saturday, April 25, 2015
7:30PM, Thursday, April 30, 2015
3:00PM, Sunday, May 3, 2015

Austin Opera culminates its 2014-15 Season with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s critically acclaimed dark comedy, Don Giovanni.

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.

Watch this highlights reel from a recent production by the Metropolitan Opera.

Stage director Rebecca Herman and the scenic designs of Kimm Kovac, of the Pittsburgh Opera, place Don Giovanni in a bull fighting ring where performance, danger and death shine. This nontraditional setting will transport you out of The Long Center and deep into the lives of these classic characters you’ve just met. That’s the magic of opera, after all.

Based on the legendary Lothario, Don Juan, Don Giovanni was first performed in 1787 at the Teatro di Praga in Prague to rave reviews. This complex character, with his many faults, keeps audiences engrossed and rooting for his success. But by the end of two acts, you are left satisfied as Don Giovanni is brought to justice.

Don Giovanni will feature the Austin Opera Chorus and the Austin Opera Orchestra.

Don Giovanni will be sung in Italian with the English translation projected above the stage, in two acts.

Approximate Opera Timing:
ACT I – 1 hour & 25 minutes
INTERMISSION – 25 minutes
ACT II – 1 hour & 20 minutes



Don Giovanni – Morgan Smith

Donna Anna – Danielle Pastin

Donna Elvira – Karin Wolverton

Don Ottavio – Jason Slayden

Leporello – Matthew Burns

Zerlina – Karin Mushegain

Masetto – Adam Cioffari

Il Commendatore – Gustav Andreassen

Production Team: 

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Libretto:  Lorenzo da Ponte | Conductor: Richard Buckley | Stage Director: Rebecca Herman | Chorus Master: Marc Erck | Scenic Designer: Kimm Kovac | Lighting Designer: James Sale

More about our Principal Artists:

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Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith, baritone singing Giovanni – Morgan Smith closes Austin Operas’s 28th season by singing the role of Giovanni in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Recent successes include his return to San Francisco Opera for the role of Starbuck in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, a role he inaugurated for the world premiere at Dallas Opera and later sang at San Diego Opera.

Morgan Smith made his European debut in the 2009-2010 Season at Berlin Staatsoper as Marcello, and at Oper Leipzig as Rossini’s Figaro, Papageno,Marcello, Leandre The Love for Three Oranges and Whitelaw Savory One Touch of Venus.

Mr. Smith reprises the role of Giovanni with the Austin Opera, having previously portrayed him in the 2011 Seattle Opera production to critical acclaim.


Starbuck, San Francisco Opera: “Morgan Smith was simply terrific as the first mate, Starbuck. Dubious about his increasingly unhinged captain’s obsession with the white whale and looking out for the crew’s interests, Smith brought dramatic authority to the conflicted Christian first mate and sang with a burnished baritone and stern power while also bringing a nostalgic yearning to his moments of homesickness for his wife and family.” – Lawrence A. Johnson, Classical Music Review

Don Giovanni, Seattle Opera: “Baritone Morgan Smith gave an electrifying performance as Don Giovanni, radiating saturnine power, dark magnetism and cruel charm. His ample, cognac-smooth voice has just enough snarl to give it bite. This young singer already inhabits the role the way James Bond fills a tux.” – Jack Frymire, The Bellingham Hearld

Danielle Pastin

Danielle Pastin

Danielle Pastin, soprano singing Donna Anna – Quoted as having “a lovely demeanor and irresistible creamy timbre” by Opera News, fast-rising young American soprano Danielle Pastin is quickly gaining attention from opera houses around the country. She made her main stage Metropolitan Opera debut in 2011 singing Masha and covering Chloë in The Queen of Spades and has been invited back several times since, covering the role of Javotte in a new production of Massenet’s Manon, covering Samaritana in Francesca da Rimini and most recently singing Frasquita in Carmen, a role she also performs this coming season in her debut with the Dallas Opera.

She recently triumphed in her Santa Fe Opera debut, stepping in as Mimì in La bohème under the direction of Maestro Leo Vordoni on just a few hours’ notice and subsequently received their Judith Raskin Memorial Award for Singers.

In November of 2011, Danielle was named a Sullivan Foundation Award winner and in April of 2012 she won Second Place in The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition.


Louise, Pittsburgh Opera: “Soprano Danielle Pastin, who had a lead in last year’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” chose the exquisite “Depuis le jour,” from Charpentier’s “Louise,” showing off her opulent timbre and shimmering high notes here and also in an aria from Puccini’s “La Rondine. Hers is one of most beautiful voices to be heard in Pittsburgh in recent years.” – Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Pastin often ends her phrases with beautiful tapers that make it very difficult to identify where her voice ends and silence begins.”– The Tartan, Carngie Mellon

Matthew Burns

Matthew Burns

Matthew Burns, bass-baritone singing Leporello – Declared as “having a beautiful bass-baritone voice” by the New York Times, Matthew Burns is a dynamic performer known for his unique portrayals of opera’s most acclaimed bass-baritone roles spanning the repertoire from dramatic roles to buffo roles, and everything in between.  This season, Mr. Burns also performs the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Memphis. He will also appear as Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Fargo Moorehead Opera, he will perform in Wuthering Heights at Florentine Opera, and sing Rambaldo in La roudine at Opera Theatre Saint Louis. In concert, he’ll sing the baritone solo in Händel’s Messiah with Rhode Island Philharmonic and appear in American Opera Projects’ Composers & The Voice series.


Le nozze di Figaro, Virginia Opera: “Matthew Burns’ Figaro retains the former barber’s sunny character and adaptable wit, lightening even the heaviest scenes he blunders into…. Better yet, Mr. Burns’ flexible bass-baritone seems to wrap itself deftly around the mood of each scene as he alternates moments of great vocal bravado to mocking bars of falsetto when he’s joking about one of the female character’s latest moves.” -Washington Times

Don Giovanni, Opera Cleveland: “Matthew Burns’ cavernous voice and droll earthiness are ideal for Leporello’s nimble shenanigans.” -Cleveland Plain Dealer

Synopsis courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera and Stage Director, Rebecca Herman.

Act I
Leporello, servant to the nobleman Don Giovanni, keeps watch outside the Commendatore’s home at night. Suddenly, the Commendatore’s daughter, Donna Anna, rushes out, struggling with the masked Giovanni and followed by her father. The Commendatore challenges Giovanni to a duel and is killed. Giovanni and Leporello escape. Anna asks her fiancé, Don Ottavio, to avenge her father’s death.

In the morning, Giovanni and Leporello encounter one of Giovanni’s former conquests, Donna Elvira, who is devastated by his betrayal. Leporello tells her she is neither the first nor the last woman to fall victim to Giovanni and shows her his catalog with the name of every woman Giovanni has seduced.

Peasants celebrate the marriage of Masetto and Zerlina. Giovanni flirts with the bride, telling her she is destined for a better life. But Elvira tells Zerlina to flee her suitor. She also warns Anna, who is still unaware of the identity of her father’s murderer and has asked Giovanni for help in finding the man. Giovanni, for his part, insists that Elvira is mad, and Anna and Ottavio wonder what to believe. As Giovanni leaves, Anna suddenly recognizes his voice as that of the murderer. Devastated but determined, she once more asks Ottavio to avenge her.

Giovanni, who has invited the entire wedding party to his home, looks forward to an evening of drinking and dancing.

Outside Giovanni’s home, Zerlina asks Masetto to forgive her. Giovanni enters and leads them both inside. Anna, Elvira, and Ottavio appear masked and are invited in by Leporello.

In the ballroom, Giovanni dances with Zerlina, then tries to drag her into the adjoining room. When she cries for help, Giovanni blames Leporello. Anna, Elvira, and Ottavio take off their masks and, along with Zerlina and Masetto, accuse Giovanni, who is momentarily surprised but manages to slip away.

Act II
Having exchanged clothes with Giovanni, Leporello takes Elvira on a nighttime walk, leaving his master free to serenade her maid. When Masetto arrives with a band of peasants to hunt down Giovanni, the disguised Don sends them off in various directions, then beats up Masetto. Zerlina finds her bruised fiancé and comforts him.

Later that night, Leporello—still believed by Elvira to be Giovanni—is surprised by Anna, Ottavio, Zerlina, and Masetto, who all denounce the supposed Don. Fearing for his life, Leporello reveals his true identity before making his escape. Ottavio proclaims that he will take revenge on Giovanni and asks the others to look after Anna.

Elvira thinks about Giovanni, whom she still loves in spite of everything.

In a cemetery, Giovanni and Leporello meet the statue of the Commendatore, who warns Giovanni that by morning he will laugh no longer. Giovanni forces the terrified Leporello to invite the statue to dinner. The statue accepts.

Once again, Ottavio asks Anna to marry him, but she replies that she will not until her father’s death has been avenged.

Elvira arrives at Giovanni’s home. She makes a last desperate attempt to persuade him to change his life, but he only laughs at her. The figure of the Commendatore enters and asks Giovanni to repent. When he boldly refuses he is consumed by flames. Elvira, Anna, Ottavio, Zerlina, Masetto, and Leporello contemplate the fate of an immoral man.



Summer Arias: AUG 3 at Umlauf Family Days

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Our Summer Arias continue! Join us for a series of solo and duet performances at Austin festivals, family days and more.

ALO Summer Arias
Umlauf Family Day
Sunday, August 3
2:00 – 2:30 pm


More information about Umlauf Family Day here

Come hear soprano Natalie Cummings and Baritone Brett Barnes sing selections from A Masked Ball, Don Giovanni and more, accompanied by Nyle Matsuoka.

Natalie Cummings

Natalie Cummings

Brett J. Barnes

Brett J. Barnes

Cummings has been a Houston District winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for two consecutive years. She’s been heralded for her  “lush, full-bodied and beautiful tone,” and has sung on stages across the country.

Barnes is an Austin favorite, performing with Texas Early Music Project, Conspirare and frequently on the Long Center stage with Austin Lyric Opera. In fact, Barnes will perform in ALO’s January production of  Romeo & Juliet.

Come for the opera, stay for the gorgeous setting of Umlauf, and bring the whole family!

Summer Arias: JULY 13 at Umlauf Family Day

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Join us for the first of our Summer Arias, a series of solo and duet performances at Austin festivals, family days and more.

ALO Summer Arias
Umlauf Family Day
Sunday, July 13
2:00 – 2:30 pm


More information about Umlauf Family Day here

Come here soprano Sara Ann Mitchell and baritone  Gregory Jebaily sing selections from A Masked Ball, Don Giovanni and more, accompanied by Nyle Matsuoka.

Sara Ann Mitchell

Sara Ann Mitchell

Gregory Jebaily

Gregory Jebaily

Mitchell and Jebaily are among the top opera performers based here in Austin, and both have sung on the Long Center stage as principals and in the chorus. Most recently, you heard and enjoyed Mitchell as Gianetta, the lovely friend of Adina in The Elixir of Love this past May.

Come for the opera, stay for the gorgeous setting of Umlauf, and bring the whole family!

The New Classico

5:30PM, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The Elixir Projects Presents The New Classico
Discover the Opera in Unexpected Places

Experience drama, comedy, passion y más in a modish setting. Join us for The New Classico, an on-the-go opera experience that is turning heads with food, family-friendly activities and entertainment.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Mexican-American Cultural Center
600 River St, Austin, TX 78701
RSVPs requested on Facebook


Mil gracias to The New Classico Leaders:

Erica and Victor Saenz
Celeste and Adrian Quesada
Claudia Yumi Coronado and Thomas Miranda
Marisa Limón and Alberto Jimenez
Ruth and Greg Hughs
Enrique Romo, Ph.D.
Laura Merritt and John Philip (JP) Kloninger
Fely Garcia & Rick Amador
Linda Medina and Joe Lopez

Opera On The Town – The Elixir of Love

6:30PM, Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Ann richards Elixir Project PerformanceOne of the world’s most frequently performed operas, The Elixir of Love is cherished for its whimsical wit and endearing characters, not to mention the many intoxicating duets and “Una furtiva lagrima,” one of the most hauntingly beautiful of all tenor arias.

Join us for this insight into The Elixir of Love and learn more about Gaetano Donizetti, who also composed the beloved yet darker Lucia di Lammermoor. Austin Lyric Opera continues to expand its partnership with the University of Texas this year, as Bethany McLemore and Matthew Bell, doctoral students from the Butler School of Music, will lead our discussion.

Plus: Enjoy a performance of The Elixir Project, our fun, free community-wide opera production, based on The Elixir of Love. You won’t want to miss this one!

Bring a friend and enjoy a night of food, fun and enlightening presentations!

A community education program of Austin Lyric Opera

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chez Zee Restaurant
5406 Balcones Drive

6:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
7:00 p.m. Presentation


RSVP: Call Patron Services 512-610-7684 or email Dianne VanHulle


Still need tickets for The Elixir of Love, May 1-4? It’s not too early to get great seats. Tickets start at just $24.


Amplify Opera!

6:00PM, Thursday, March 20, 2014

It’s time to AMPLIFY OPERA!

Everybody knows we never use microphones in opera, but on March 20 we’re going to AMPLIFY OPERA and crank up the giving!

Amplify Austin is a citywide, online giving event. Last year’s event raised almost $2.8 million for hundreds of local charities. This year the goal is $4 million! And you can help us meet it!

Austin Lyric Opera would not exist without the generosity of donors just like you. Your donations help us produce world-class, main stage operas and also fund our education and community outreach programs like Opera Treasure Chest and The Elixir Project. Every donation you make goes towards ensuring that opera lives on in Central Texas. Thank you!

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All AMPLIFY OPERA donors who give $25 or more will be entered to win a VIP OPERA EXPERIENCE, including…

Opening Night Box Seats to The Elixir of Love, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. | Complimentary Parking
Invitation for Drinks in the VIP Lounge at Intermission

 Just make your online donation to the Austin Lyric Opera’s Amplify Austin webpage between March 20 at 6 p.m. – March 21 at 6 p.m. See Rules and Details below.

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Nine full-scale performance of grand opera at The Long Center.
A world-class conductor leading the ALO orchestra and chorus and internationally acclaimed principal artists.
A free spring opera festival performed for families and the community.
Programming for students and adults to enrich their knowledge of classical music and opera


*To enter, you must donate to the Austin Lyric Opera online via the Amplify Austin website between 6 p.m. March 20 and 6 p.m. March 21, or you must have scheduled a donation for that time. Only donations of $25 or more are eligible to enter. Tickets are limited to box seats for the May 1, 2014, performance of The Elixir of Love. Offer cannot be combined with any other special offers, promotions, or coupons. May not be applied towards previous purchases. Tickets, parking voucher and VIP Lounge pass are non-transferable. Winner will be announced at least one week prior to the performance.



The Elixir Project

4:00PM, Friday, March 28, 2014
3:30PM, Sunday, March 30, 2014
3:00PM, Sunday, April 6, 2014
4:30PM, Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:30PM, Friday, April 11, 2014
5:00PM, Sunday, April 13, 2014
6:30PM, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The Elixir Project is a series of free “street opera” performances throughout the city. Everyone is invited! For the second year in a row,  Austin Lyric Opera  and the UT-Austin Butler Opera Center are proud to collaborate on this community-wide arts event.

Taking place in nine locations across the city,  The Elixir Project is an adaptation of the famous Italian opera The Elixir of Love. Each of theseperformances will be provided to the public free of charge and take place in a wide variety of locations and times.

Locations include:
Mexican-American Cultural Center | Central Market North | SFC Farmers’ Market East | The Domain | Twin Liquors and more!

See the DATES & TIMES tab for more details. Children and their families are invited to join us for three performances just for kids! See the FAMILY PERFORMANCES tab for more details. RSVPs may be required.


Nemorino and DulcamaraThe Elxir Project has been months in the making, devised and directed by Bruce Taylor, a visiting artist hosted by ALO. Taylor is an industry leading stage director, arts educator, and administrator. Four BOC graduate students will earn college credit for their participation in The Elixir Project. The Elixir Project provides these students with invaluable performing opportunities as well as training from industry professionals.

The Elixir Project is our chance to give back to the community and share opera with a broad audience—in places they would least expect—at no cost. Our goal is to reach an audience as diverse as Austin itself,” says ALO General Director, Joseph Specter. “We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with the Butler Opera Center and its talented young singers in such an innovative way as we build toward opening night of our main stage production of The Elixir of Love this fall.”

Says Director and Creator, Bruce Taylor, “The characters in this work are timeless and each one of them can be found in our contemporary lives.  Indeed, this introductory performance of The Elixir of Love takes as its premise that those who bring these characters to life come straight out of the audience; a young man whose object of affection couldn’t be bothered paying attention to him, a boastful braggart whose self-regard knows few bounds, and a charming huckster whose ‘magic potion’ inadvertently brings the story to happy and joyous conclusion.”

The Elixir Project strives to make a lasting connection with the greater Austin community, fostering an appreciation for opera and the arts, and allowing the Butler Opera Center and Austin Lyric Opera to engage new audiences in Central Texas with this vibrant art form. The project will also raise public awareness for ALO’s fully-staged production of The Elixir of Love, taking place at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in May 2014.

The Elixir Project is made possible by the generous support of Sandra and Walter Wilkie, and The Arts Education League of Austin Lyric Opera.


Ann richards Elixir Project Performance

DATE: Wednesday, March 19
LOCATION: Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
This is a closed performance for Ann Richards School community. The Ann Richards School is an all-girls public school in the Austin Independent School District founded to educate 6th – 12th graders and give them the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in college, in their careers, and in their communities.


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DATE: Friday, March 28
TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Austin Lyric Opera Office, 3009 Industrial Terrace, Suite 100, Austin 78758
Children and families invited! Please RSVP if you’re planning to bring children. Stay for the Austin Beerworks Brewery Tasting next door from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. For $10, you’ll get a pint glass plus three free fills.  The Be More Pacific food truck will be on site for dinner. Make it an evening of opera, beer and great food!




DATE: Sunday, March 30
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX 78758
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Join us right in front of Starbucks for a fun, outdoor performance.


Nemorino and Dulcamara

DATE: Sunday, April 6
3:00 p.m.
Austin Lyric Opera Office, 3009 Industrial Terrace, Suite 100, Austin 78758
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Children and families invited! Please RSVP if you’re planning to bring children.


SFC Farmers Market East

DATE: Tuesday, April 8
TIME: 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SFC Farmer’s Market East, MLK Blvd and Miriam Ave


Twn Liquors from TastyTouring

DATE: Friday, April 11
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
Twin Liquors at Hancock Center, 1000 E. 41st Street, Austin TX 78751


Central Market North Little Austinite

DATE: Sunday, April 13
TIME: 5:00 p.m.
Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78756


MACC Austin

DATE: Tuesday, April 15
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River St, Austin, TX 78701


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Bruce Taylor (Director & Creator) is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and has been an arts professional for more than thirty years as director, manager, and designer.  Concurrently, his avocation is working with teachers and students. He was the originating source of numerous programs for Education at the Met, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Royal Opera House, London.  He currently runs his own arts in education company, Arts For Anyone, with schools in New Jersey, New York, andPennsylvania.





Hannah LeeHanna Lee Soprano (Adina), a native of Korea, is a first year Master’s student in Opera Performance studying with Professor Darlene Wiley. She recently holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Korea National University of Arts where she graduated as the top student of the music school and received Full Merit scholarship for all semester. She has performed Papagena and Erste Knabe (Die Zauberflöte), Ida (Die Fledermaus), Annina (La traviata). She was invited to perform in the “Une soiree de melodie Francaise” Concert, “5th Composer KeungSu Lim Peace Concert”, “Mozart Opera Gala concert”, “Music World KMS Rising Concert.”



Juan Carlos RodriguezJuan Carlos Rodriguez Tenor (Nemorino) is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He is presently undergoing his doctoral program in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Texas at Austin.  Juan Carlos obtained his Master’s degree in Music from Andrews University in Michigan, where he was also an Adjunct Voice Teacher, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico; where he was awarded the Voice Performance Medal.  His tenor voice has favorably impressed audiences around the world.  Juan Carlos has been given the title of “Distinguished Tenor” by the Mayor of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and has received recognitions from the Puerto Rico Senate.



Chance EakinChance Eakin Bass-baritone (Dr. Dulcamara & Narrator), is a second year doctoral student and studies with Professor David Small. He recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music with a Master of Music in Voice and he received his Bachelor of Music, cum laude, from Baylor University. Eakin was a 2012 Apprentice Artist at Opera Saratoga, where he sang Marullo in Rigoletto and the Foreman in Trial by Jury. Earlier this year, he sang Teddy in the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s A Woman in Morocco as well as Leporello in the Butler Opera Center production of Don Giovanni.  Eakin appeared as Tonio in the Butler Opera Center/Austin Lyric Opera’s outreach production of The Pagliacci Project. This past February, he performed the title role in the Butler Opera Center’s production of Sweeney Todd.


Rae Wyman (Production Touring Manager) is a graduate from Texas State University with a BFA in Performance and Production with an emphasis in Stage Management. Recent credits – Zilker Theatre Productions: Stage Manager for Little Shop of Horrors and Production Stage Manager for The Sound of Music. Austin Shakespeare Company: Production Stage Manager for The Winter’s Tale, Stage Manager for Twelfth Night and Arcadia, and Assistant Stage Manager for Pride and Prejudice.  Summer Stock Austin: Stage Manager for The Producers. Texas State University: Production Stage Manager for A Little Princess, Noises Off, All Shook Up, The Servant of Two Masters, Bat Boy: The Musical, and Macbeth. Rae was also awarded First Alternate in Stage Management for KCACTF Region VI in the Spring of 2011 and the Meritorious Achievement in Stage Management for KCACTF Region VI in the Spring of 2010.

Families are invited to join us for three special performances of “The Elixir Project”. Bring the kids and enjoy an afternoon of live opera and fun!

MARCH 28: “The Elixir Project” Family Performance

APRIL 6: “The Elixir Project” Family Performance

At The MACC – All welcome! No RSVP required. More information to come.
DATE: Tuesday, April 15
TIME: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River St, Austin, TX 78701


Tosca – La Noche de Opera

7:00PM, Friday, January 24, 2014
Lilliana Garcia & Laura Gutierrez-Witt

Lilliana Garcia & Laura Gutierrez-Witt

Please join ALO’s community group, La Noche de Opera, for a reception  for Austin Lyric Opera’s Tosca.

Friday, January 24, 2014
Cambridge Tower-Colorado Room
1801 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701
7-9 pm

Hosted By Laura Gutiérrez-Witt

La Noche members free/Guests $20. RSVP to Erin Hanson at

Special Musical Guest: Natalie Cummings accompanied by Cynthia Wilson

Cynthia and Natalie at Chez Zee for TOSCA

Cummings has recently advanced in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. Hundreds enter and only a handful will win! For the semi-finals,  she’ll sing on the Metropolitan Opera stage in March. See her in this intimate performance before she becomes a big star!

Wine generously provided by Twin Liquors

NOV. 21: Meet the Cast After-Party

10:00PM, Thursday, November 21, 2013
Meet the cast of Don Carlo!

All ticket holders for the Thursday, Nov. 21, performance are invited to come meet the cast in the Long Center’s Kodosky Lounge. Have an after-opera drink and get autographs, take photos and “Bravo!” the cast from that evening’s performance.

Still haven’t purchased your tickets for Don Carlo or our other two operas this season? Click hereto get a great price.

Please use the form below to RSVP. Space is limited.


LIVE: Inside the 2013-14 Season

2:00PM, Sunday, November 3, 2013
Join us for a preview of the 2013-14 Season!

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This year, we have invited Will Berger, renowned author, commentator and host of the Metropolitan Opera Radio broadcasts, to come to Austin to give us an Insider’s Look at the coming season of Austin Lyric Opera. Berger provided an Insider’s Look for our Season Brochure.

Now you can hear Berger LIVE along with panelists Richard Buckley, ALO Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, and Mary Phillips, acclaimed mezzo-soprano and a cast member from our season opener, Don Carlo. This fascinating panel will be moderated by Robert Faires, arts critic for the Austin Chronicle.

Panelists will discuss each of our three operas, the composers and the reason for the selection of these operas this season. You’ll learn what to expect from each performance, what to look for as an opera patron and what makes these operas timeless in their music and story. You’ll also gain an understanding of the historical significance of each opera and learn what it takes to produce and perform these operas.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.

LIVE: Inside the 2013-14 Season
Sunday, Nov. 3
The Contemporary
700 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

2 pm: Panel Discussion in Community Room
3 pm: Wine Reception on Roof Deck


Special thanks to The Contemporary Austin and Twin Liquors




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