Of Mice And Men



The Of Mice & Men Community Connections is a city-wide project done in partnership with local cultural organizations including the University of Texas Humanities Institute, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, Austin Public Library Foundation, Georgetown Public Library, and the Paramount Theater. Each partner event will provide a different perspective on Steinbeck’s classic work, and explore its relevance today.

Mayor’s Book Club Features Classic Work of American Literature: Of Mice and Men

Mayor Steve Adler, the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, and the Austin Public Library are pleased to announce this year’s selection for the Mayor’s Book Club, a citywide reading initiative that unites the community through literature and discussion of shared books.

This year’s selection, John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, provides an opportunity for Austinites to experience or revisit a classic work of American literature, one that explores the economic hardship of the Great Depression, the nature of the American Dream, the power and failings of friendship, and the human capacity for violence and compassion.

For more information on Mayor’s Book Club events click HERE.

Austin Opera at the Texas Book Festival
October 17 – 18, 2015
Texas State Capitol Grounds
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Visit the Austin Opera booth at the Texas Book Festival and enter for the chance to win tickets to an Austin Opera performance, including Of Mice and Men. You can also find out more about the upcoming performance and other events leading up to the Of Mice and Men production.

Round Rock ISD Lecture and Performance Tour
November 18-20, 2015
RRISD high schools

Austin Opera will present one 45-minute presentation at each RRISD high school featuring the music of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. Three performers with piano accompaniment will perform selections from the opera and discuss the music and operatic characterizations of Lenny, George and Curley’s wife. The performances are meant to prepare students to attend the full opera dress rehearsal in January.

Mayor’s Book Club Meeting – Of Mice and Men discussion
November 7, 2015 at 2:00pm @ Manchaca Branch Library
November 12, 2015 at 6:30pm @ Twin Oaks Branch Library
November 18, 2015 at 6:30pm @ Ruiz Branch Library
January 12, 2015 at 7:00pm @ Windsor Park Branch Library

Join an Austin Public Library book club to participate in discussion about the novella. See your local library for details.

Mayor’s Book Club Meeting Headline Event
November 21, 2015 at 2:00pm
Faulk Central Library
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Zach Scott actors will read excerpts from the novella to kick things off, followed by a conversation hosted by KUT’s Jennifer Stayton with three experts including Austin Opera’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Richard Buckley. Audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. Reservations are not required for this event.

Opera Preview: Of Mice and Men
January 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Chez Zee American Bistro
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Austin Opera’s ongoing Education Program Opera Previews will give opera lovers an opportunity to learn about Carlisle Floyd’s distinctive musical style and how he translated Steinbeck’s novella and play Of Mice and Men to the opera stage.  For tickets call 512-610-7684.

Georgetown Public Library: Of Mice and Men Film Screening
January 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Georgetown Public Library
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The Georgetown Public Library will screen the 1992 film version of Of Mice and Men. Austin Opera will be on hand to talk about the connection between the novella, film and opera.

Georgetown Public Library Book Discussion & Opera Preview
January 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm & 3:00pm
Georgetown Public Library
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Join Georgetown Public Library for a book discussion about the novella. A member of the Of Mice and Men opera cast will talk about the opera and its connection to the original novella. Immediately following the book discussion, Austin Opera will present a preview of Carlisle Floyd’s opera Of Mice and Men. This informative discussion will include vocal selections from the opera.

Blanton Museum Gallery Tour
January 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Blanton Museum of Art
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Blanton Museum will offer a themed public tour of their collection to explore the relationships and connections between characters in Of Mice and Men.  The tour will include a live musical performance of selections from the opera. For a complete Blanton Museum of Art events calendar, click HERE.

Access Opera: Student Dress Rehearsal Of Mice and Men

January 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm
The Long Center
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Austin Opera’s ongoing Education Program Access Opera allows students, parents, and teachers to attend the final dress rehearsal for free.  For more information about this program please contact Erin Horan, Austin Opera Education and Administrative Coordinator, at ehoran@austinopera.org.

Of Mice and Men Opera Panel Discussion
January 22, 2016 – 3:30pm
University of Texas, Recital Studio at Bates Hall
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Members of the cast and artistic team will discuss Of Mice and Men with a focus on how the medium of opera brings us closer to the characters of Steinbeck’s classic novella.  Reservations are not required for this event.

Carlile Floyd’s Of Mice & Men

Based on John Steinbeck’s novella “Of Mice & Men,” this riveting American opera is a faithful retelling of one of America’s most celebrated works of literature. Carlile Floyd vividly captures the lives of the characters, the feel of the era, the bunkhouse, the depressed economy, and Lennie’s tragic story.

Opera Performances
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7:30 pm
Thursday, January 28, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 3:00 pm



Austin Opera Patron Services
512-610-7684; Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Long Center Box Office Hours
Monday-Friday:10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: open during scheduled performances