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The 2014-15 Season

Download our 2014-2015 Austin Opera Season Brochure


The music, the voices, the drama… each season, Austin Opera thrills audiences with the spectacle of grand opera — an experience like nothing else. Don’t miss a single aria – and support this classical art form in Austin — by becoming a Season Ticket holder today.

New Name, New Look, New Season

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 arts organization has grown and evolved with the community over the last 28 years.

“We’ve been known as Austin Lyric Opera for many years, and it has served us well. It is an important part of our history, and we are proud to be an opera company with that kind of longevity,” said Austin Opera General Director Joseph Specter. “As Austin continues its remarkable growth, we want our name to let people know that we are offering the kind of sophisticated opera experience that suits our creative and thriving city.”

To learn more about this exciting announcement from Austin Opera, including plans to open next season with a gala of operatic music, click here.


Audiences praised Austin Opera’s performances of Don Carlo, Tosca and The Elixir of Love….

“Another triumph for Austin Opera. I renewed my season subscription by phone the day before, and after that performance was happy and proud that I did so. Bravo Austin Opera!” – Paul Scripko, Austin Opera Subscriber

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Subscribers save up to 40% off regular single ticket prices!

Added benefits include getting first choice of seats, 10% off additional single ticket purchases and flexibility at no extra cost.

Subscriptions are just $79 – $290 for all three operas

Behind the mask … forbidden passion.
For another man’s wife, for an enemy’s daughter, for more women than a man is allowed.


Verdi’s A MASKED BALL  |   Nov 8, 13, 16, 2014

A man’s secret desire for his best friend’s wife takes a surprising turn. Featuring a stunning projection-based set by renowned artist Wendall Harrington, this collaboration with UT-Austin also features the debut of Dominick Chenes.


Gounod’s ROMEO & JULIET  |  Jan 24, 29, Feb 1, 2015

Star-crossed lovers devise a plan to marry in defiance of their families. Starring two stars at their performing peaks, Metropolitan Opera tenor Stephen Costello and internationally acclaimed soprano Joyce El-Khoury in the title roles.


Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI  | Apr 25, 30, May 3, 2015

The ultimate ladies’ man seduces the wrong woman, and her father returns from the grave to bring Giovanni to his destiny. Morgan Smith, a seasoned Giovanni, takes the stage in this fiery Austin favorite. Read more about baritone Morgan Smith.

NEW! Choose Your Series

We want to make your opera experience more memorable with each of our series offering you special events and opportunities designed to enrich your enjoyment of opera in Austin.

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SATURDAY SERIES: A Night of Glamour (Nov 8, Jan 24, April 25 – all performances begin at 7:30 p.m.)
Make your night at the opera a glamorous event! This series includes a Red Carpet Opening Night to launch the season as well as Pre-Opera Dinners in the Kodosky Lounge and special entertainment before the show.

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THURSDAY SERIES: Opera Social (Nov 13, Jan 29, April 30 – all performances begin at 7:30 p.m.)
A special night for our downtown set, this series offers pre-opera happy hours so you can mix and mingle with friends and colleagues before the show. Come as you are and join us for an evening of culture, friends and fun.

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SUNDAY MATINEE SERIES: A Family Tradition (Nov 16, Feb 1, May 3 – all performances begin at 3:00 p.m.)
Share your love of the opera with the next generation. Our senior opera-goers love to bring their children – and their children’s children – to enjoy a casual afternoon at the opera.





Plus enjoy these additional subscriber benefits:

  • Priority seating
  • 10% off additional single ticket purchases
  • Free exchanges: exchange your tickets for an alternate performance date at no cost

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DUETS: Purchase tickets to two operas & save 20%



Groups of 20 or more can save 20% off single ticket prices and get priority seating. Please contact Dianne Van Hulle, Patron Services Manager, by email or at (512) 610-7684.


Learn more about Student Tickets here.


Call Patron Services at (512) 610-7684, Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

What does it mean to “Subscribe” to the opera?

When you “subscribe” to the Austin Opera, you are essentially purchasing Season Tickets. That means your subscription includes a ticket to each opera.

You choose the “series” you want to purchase: the Saturday night, Thursday night or Sunday matinee series. To learn more about our series options, click on the “CHOOSE YOUR SERIES” tab at the left.

Why should I subscribe?

The benefit of subscribing is not only that you are among the first to choose your seats, but you also save a significant amount of money.

For example, when you purchase three Single Tickets at the LEVEL C price for a Saturday performance, you pay $94 more than you would if you purchased Season Tickets at the LEVEL C price for Saturday night.

Here’s the math:

Saturday night, LEVEL C Single Ticket = $73 X three performances = $219.

Saturday night, LEVEL C Season Ticket for three performances = $125.

Purchasing Season Tickets saves you $94 or 41%!

Can’t attend all three operas? You can always give your tickets to a friend or donate them to your favorite charity auction.

When can I buy a subscription?

SUBSCRIPTIONS for an upcoming season are available at the first of each calendar year. (Seasons include three operas, one each in November, January and April.)

Current subscribers can renew their Season Tickets starting January 1 – May 5, 2015,  after which any non-renewed seats are released to the public.

New subscribers are invited to purchase their Season Tickets on May 7, 2014. Season Tickets are available through November 16, 2014, the last performance of the first opera.

Single Tickets and Duet Tickets for any of the 2014-15 productions are currently available for purchase.

How do I purchase a subscription?

Season Tickets (subscriptions) can be purchase online or by phone at (512) 610-7684.

When you purchase your Season Tickets/Subscription, you will first decide which day you’ll want to attend. Austin Opera performances are on Thursday nights, Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.

If you choose a Thursday night subscription, for example, you are then choosing to attend each of our three operas on the Thursday night performance.

How do I pick my seats?

Whether you order by phone or online, you can choose your seats – either best available or a specific seat.

Subscribers from the previous season get first choice of seats for the next season; new subscribers then choose from the remaining seats; finally people buying tickets for a single performance choose from the seats that are left.

There are approximately 2,400 seats in Dell Hall at The Long Center, where all of our performances are held.  Seats closer to the stage are more expensive but there isn’t a bad seat in the house!

As a subscriber, when will I receive my tickets?

Subscribers will receive their tickets to all three of the operas one month before the first performance. (In the 2014-15 Season, the first performance in Nov. 8; tickets will be mailed in mid-October.) If you have any other vouchers for parking, admission to the Kodosky Lounge, etc, you will also receive those vouchers at that time.

What if I can’t make it on the night of the performance I chose?

Subscribers may make exchanges for a different performance or opera up to 48 hours prior to curtain by calling the Long Center Box Office. Exchanges are subject to availability and are limited to one exchange per subscription, per season.


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