Opera ATX, powered by Austin Opera, will bring 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 will explore alternative venues and partnerships around town, starting at the historic Paramount Theatre. We will 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.
In addition to the works produced by Austin Opera, OPERA ATX also champions all innovative operatic experiences in the city, especially those of LOLA and One Ounce Opera.
In March and April 2019, these three companies are presenting five consecutive weekends of opera by living composers, culminating with Austin Opera’s production of Soldier Songs on April 5 and 6. Be sure to hit up all three productions and help make Austin, Texas a hotbed for operatic innovation.
In celebration of its bold new artistic initiative, Opera ATX, Austin Opera is proud to present the Central Texas premiere of an innovative new multimedia work, Soldier Songs, by acclaimed composer David T. Little, April 5–6, 2019 at the historic Paramount Theatre in the heart of downtown Austin.
Soldier Songs combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, and video by filmmaker Bill Morrison to explore themes of loss, the exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war. The libretto, created by the composer, was adapted from recorded interviews with veterans of five wars. Soldier Songs traces changing perceptions of war in our society and by those who experience it. It is a chilling and realistic view of our media-crazed, war-machine culture, and of the nature of power in war.
The Opera ATX presentation is produced by Beth Morrison Projects, which has been hailed as a “contemporary opera mastermind” (Los Angeles Times) and “the edge of innovation…its own genre” (Opera News). The opera features baritone David Adam Moore, who starred in the premiere of this production. The guest chamber ensemble Newspeak, a mainstay of the New York indie-classical scene, is conducted by Todd Reynolds, and the evening is directed by Ashley Tata, all in their Austin Opera debuts.
With its poignant libretto, driving music, and surprising visual counterpoint, Soldier Songs perfectly represents the promise of Opera ATX: bringing innovative new works, sensational artists, and visionary creative teams to Austin.
Approximately one hour; performed without intermission
Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale Rd #122, Austin, TX 78702
Friday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m. (free community performance)
Friday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m.
Museum of Human Achievement
916 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78702