Austin Opera returns to Dell Hall with An All-Star Concert this January! Timothy Myers takes the podium for the first time since being appointed as the Sarah and Ernest Butler Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, leading the Austin Opera Orchestra and four star soloists in a stunning concert of opera and musical theatre hits.
Making their Austin Opera debuts are mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, both of whom are mainstays at The Metropolitan Opera and regularly appear at the world’s leading opera houses. And returning to the Long Center stage are soprano Sara Gartland, who starred as Adina in 2014’s The Elixir of Love, and tenor Chad Shelton, who last appeared with us as Don José in 2017’s Carmen. We are so excited to bring this powerful lineup of voices to Austin—read more about these exciting artists here.
Upon the recommendation of medical experts—and out of concern for the health and safety of our audience members as well as the artists on stage—the format of the concert has changed to a filmed performance developed especially for at-home viewing. (We have once again engaged the local firm Subvrsive, who produced our recent Lauren + Mark concert film to digital bravos!)
And we are thrilled that highlights from the concert will be edited into a special that will air on Austin PBS in the spring. Supporters Nancy and Neil Schaffel have made a generous underwriting gift to support the filming of the concert for Austin PBS. “We are so impressed with the creativity and ingenuity of Austin Opera in navigating the issues this pandemic has imposed upon the arts. The opportunity for Austin Opera to be showcased on Austin PBS, allowing the whole community and beyond to enjoy this star-studded concert, is thrilling and we are happy to support it,” say the Schaffels. More information on the Austin PBS broadcast will be announced soon.