Welcome to Austin Opera’s 2020-2021 Season!
We’re thrilled to announce the exciting lineup for our 2020-2021 Season, which offers an unprecedented number of Austin Opera debuts by established operatic stars, exceptional production quality, and trailblazing local and national partnerships.
We will open and close our trio of productions at the Long Center with two standards of the opera catalogue – Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s Tosca. These two traditionally staged, sumptuous productions will feature the Austin Opera debuts of several brilliant artists, all regular performers at the Metropolitan Opera, including Will Liverman, called “one of the most versatile singing artists performing today”; Caitlin Lynch who was declared “luminous” by the New York Times and “eloquent” by the Wall Street Journal; and Leah Crocetto – praised by the New York Times for her “agile coloratura technique and a feeling for the Italianate style.” Christian Zaremba, last seen in Silent Night, returns to Austin Opera to make his role debut as Figaro. I hope you will agree that these singers will serve as a new high-water mark for the company’s casting practices.
For our winter production at the Long Center, we present the company premiere of a new, innovative co-production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Composer Mason Bates (2018 Musical America Composer of the Year) and librettist Mark Campbell (Silent Night, The Manchurian Candidate) masterfully capture the spirit of Steve Job’s prolific career and complex personal life in this fast-paced work. John Moore, a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, stars as Steve Jobs in his Austin Opera debut. Madison Leonard returns to Austin as Chrisann Brennan after her triumphant performance as Gilda in last season’s Rigoletto.
And there’s more! Our Opera ATX series will once again break new ground with our first production written by women – Sarah Kirkland Snider and Ellen McLaughlin’s Penelope – and the launch of a new partnership with Austin’s Fusebox Festival. Produced at Austin’s iconic music venue, The North Door, Penelope stars Shara Nova in a haunting, indie-rock infused exploration of war, memory, and loss.
The 2020-2021 Season concludes with the next installment of the Butler Opera International Festival and Competition. Join us and the Butler School of Music as we continue the tradition of cultivating the next generation of opera artists.