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
Elixir Project bottle ribbon companies

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.


Austin Beerworks cans

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


Bruce Taylor pic

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



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