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Austin Opera Showcases Bright Future with New Name and Look

  AUSTIN OPERA SHOWCASES BRIGHT FUTURE WITH NEW NAME AND LOOK Company Presents a Thrilling 2014-15 Season AUSTIN – October 8, 2014 – Founded in 1986 as Austin’s first professional opera company, Austin Lyric Opera is proud to announce an updated name, a vibrant new look and a thrilling season that reflect how this dynamic […]

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ALO Guild Wins Challenge, General Director Forced to Swim in Tuxedo

This spring, General Director Joe Specter posed a special challenge to the Austin Lyric Opera Guild to help boost Season Ticket sales for the 2014-15 Season. If 70% of the Guild members renewed their Season Tickets, Specter would sing for free at their Annual Spring Party. Specter is a former baritone opera singer. If 80% […]

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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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REVIEW: Puccini’s TOSCA

Austin Lyric Opera presented Puccini’s beloved Tosca to near-full houses January 30 – February 2, 2014. Selected to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of ALO’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Richard Buckley, the maestro proved his mastery of the composer, much to the delight of audiences. Featuring principal performers Mardi Byers, Scott Piper and Wayne Tigges, […]

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REVIEWS: Verdi’s Don Carlo

Austin Lyric Opera opened its 2013-14 Season with Verdi’s intense Don Carlo in November, what one Austin critic called, “an opera lover’s dream, bursting at the seams with complex philosophical tensions, powerfully effusive music, charismatic characters, and, most importantly, a resounding and pulsating heartbeat.” Maestro Richard Buckley pulled terrific performances from the chorus, orchestra and […]

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