Recorded live in March of 2021 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, the concert includes some of the most passionate arias and duets in all of opera, plus selections from Broadway and the American Songbook. The Austin Opera Orchestra is conducted by Timothy Myers, Sarah and Ernest Butler Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor.
The release of the film marks the Austin Opera debuts for 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. 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.
For this filmed performance developed especially for at-home viewing, we once again engaged the local firm Subvrsive, who produced our recent Lauren + Mark concert film to digital bravos!
Generous underwriting gifts in support of the production and the filming of the concert for PBS come from Nancy and Neil Schaffel and The Murar Foundation Inc.