Opera ATX

Opera ATX, powered by Austin Opera, brings groundbreaking new works, emerging artists, exciting composers, and dynamic directors to Austin. By tapping into our city’s live music DNA, Austin Opera will continue to reflect the spirit of the city and the pioneering image it’s known for. Opera ATX explores alternative venues and partnerships around town. We create the conditions for operatic experiences completely new to Austin, and perhaps completely new to the art form. Driven by Austin Opera’s love of opera, love of audiences, and love of Austin, Opera ATX shows how Austin is shaping its opera company and inspiring innovative experiences.

Beethoven in Virtual Reality: Fidelio

Tamara Wilson and Russell Thomas

 

Celebrate the opening of the season with Beethoven in Virtual Reality at Austin Beerworks!

After selling out at the Fusebox Festival last spring, Beethoven in Virtual Reality: Fidelio is back! Created in partnership with The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, this 17-minute experience will drop you into two scenes from Beethoven’s operatic masterpiece. For $10, you can experience this ground-breaking immersive event at Austin Beerworks and receive a complimentary beer!

When they enter into the Metaverse, via Oculus headsets, participants find themselves inside two 360-degree scenes from Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, which both celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and oppression.

 

This VR experience will be offered every 30 minutes on the following 3 days:

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2022 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 6, 2022 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Location:

Austin Beerworks
3001 Industrial Terrace,
Austin, TX 78758

The first scene features American soprano Tamara Wilson as Leonora, in her Austin Opera debut, performing the aria “Komm, Hoffnung, lass den letzten Stern.” Leonora has disguised herself as a guard named Fidelio, and participants can peer in to watch as she vows to rescue her husband Florestan from unjust imprisonment.

The second scene features the aria “Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!” by American tenor and fellow Austin Opera debut, Russell Thomas. Participants find Florestan in his prison cell, struggling with his current situation. He is dreaming of Leonora as an angel sent to rescue him when she appears outside his cell door.

These scenes were directed by the visionary Francesca Zambello and are accompanied by the magnificent sounds of the Washington National Opera Orchestra, conducted by WNO Principal Conductor, Evan Rogister.

Beethoven in VR is a project of Washington National Opera, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and was created in collaboration with TimeLooper, Inc. and Austin Opera.

Opera ATX Partners

LOLA is committed to cultivating the future of opera by offering new approaches to this art form and classical singing. Our mission includes integrity to our approach to opera, to the Austin community, and to each other.  We stand with our Black colleagues and all who are working toward radical change, unity, and justice. Our projects give artists unique and interesting outlets for their work, pull in diverse audiences, and propel opera out of the grand hall, flowing into the larger community.

LOLA is born: In the summer of 2014, LOLA was created by professional opera singer, arts administrator, and long-time Austin resident Liz Cass and opera director and Austin resident, Rebecca Herman with the idea of creating an all-female production of Puccini’s classic opera, La Bohème.  They called this production La Femme Bohème.  Liz and Rebecca assembled a team of highly skilled local talent and a show was born.  La Femme Bohème opened to sold out houses. This production won 3 Austin Critics Table Awards.

Part of the LOLA mission is to meet people where they are and introduce them to opera.  Our productions have attracted longtime opera aficionados and a large number of people having their first experience with the art form.  In the Austin community and the world at large, it is very easy to go our respective ways and encounter not only our limited daily existence but also only those who exist in it. As an immediate and global community, it is vital for people from all walks of life to sit in a room and have a larger shared experience together.

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One Ounce Opera (OOO) is dedicated to re-imagining opera in unexpected spaces. We create rogue, vaudevillian-style entertainment that celebrates the voice, punctuated by exciting cross-genre collaborations.

From premiering a vaudevillian transgender operetta in a Hyde Park Neighborhood living room to rogue bits of Verdi in a Red River club, OOO presents opera as accessible, contemporary, and mainstream through thoughtful programming in non-traditional locations.

The company truly believes the classical voice is a timeless vehicle for inclusive, powerful storytelling. OOO’s team of diverse singing artists incubate, create, and produce opportunities to inject “ounces” of opera and classical references into the social consciousness, utilizing cross-genre collaborations, pop-culture references, a bit of improvisation, and the simple beauty of the human voice.

Founded in 2012 by Julie Fiore, OOO has been featured on KVUE, KMFA, KUTX, KOOP, and KVRX, in the Austin Chronicle, Statesman, and TRIBEZA magazine, and performed as part of Fusebox, SoundSpace at the Blanton, Beerthoven, EAST, HONKTX!, SXSW, PRIDE Austin, and the Downtown Tree Lighting.

OOO has become a champion of new works and emerging composers & librettists, founding an annual new music competition series with an open international call. Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera (FSOO) is the first micro-opera showcase in the state of Texas. Produced in an East Austin warehouse aptly named the “Museum of Human Achievement,” FSOO 2020 received five B. Iden Payne award nominations, including Best Stage Director, Best Musical Director, and Outstanding Production of Musical Theater.

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