In celebration of Timothy Myers’ 2023 appointment as the Sarah and Ernest Butler Music Director, Austin Opera is thrilled to announce the launch of a new series: Opera Unleashed: Epic Masterpieces with Timothy Myers. Opera Unleashed will offer a series of company premieres over the coming seasons featuring some of the most historically significant works composed for the operatic voice. First up, the company premiere of one of the canon’s most thrilling masterpieces, Verdi’s Requiem.

Declared an “opera in ecclesiastical costume” at its world premiere, Verdi’s Requiem is a monumental work for the human voice. Three star singers will make their Austin Opera debuts-soprano Leah Crocetto and tenor Limmie Pulliam, joined by bass Wei Wu, last seen as Kôbun in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs in 2022. The Austin Opera Chorus will team up with the professional members of Chorus Austin under the leadership of Austin Opera Chorus Conductor Cina Crisara.


Verdi is undoubtedly one of opera’s most popular and revered composers. It is a gift to have an opportunity to explore one of his greatest works that is not only unforgettably powerful in performance, but also gives us deeper insight into one of the ‘greats.’ As will be a hallmark of this series, we’re thrilled to showcase the musical might of the Austin Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and world-class soloists, for our beloved city of Austin.”

– Sarah and Ernest Butler Music Director Timothy Myers

In addition to serving as the launch for Opera Unleashed, the Austin Opera premiere of Verdi’s Requiem will mark the 150th Anniversary of the work’s premiere and the 60th Anniversary of Chorus Austin. The Opening Night performance will be followed by a festive celebration to commemorate the monumental achievements of Austin’s collaborative arts community.

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Single tickets for the 2024-2025 Season will go on sale Thursday, September 5, 2024.

Saturday, February 1, 2025 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 2, 2025 at 2:00 p.m.