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The music, the voices, the drama… each season, Austin Lyric Opera thrills audiences with the spectacle of grand opera — an experience like nothing else. Don’t miss a single aria – and support this classical art form in Austin — by becoming Season Ticket holder today.

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This season, Austin Lyric Opera takes you behind the mask with three intense dramas performed by some of the best singing artists in the world. All led by renowned Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Richard Buckley and supported by the consistently praised ALO Orchestra and Chorus.

SEASON TICKETS $79 – $290 for all three operas
Best ticket discount all year!

RENEW by MAY 5: This year’s Season Ticket holders get first choice of seats – and the best prices of the season! Right now through May 5, we invite all 2013-14 Season Ticket holders to renew your subscriptions for the new season.

NEW SUBSCRIPTIONS, MAY 7: New Season Ticket buyers can lock-in those great Season Ticket prices, and get to secure your seats before tickets go on sale to the public. Season Tickets for new subscribers will go on sale May 7.

SINGLE TICKETS OCTOBER 1: Can’t join us for all three? Tickets for an single opera will go on sale Fall 2014.


And remember, whichever experience you choose for your subscription, you can always take advantage of “Opera Overtures,” our pre-opera lecture, special drinks created for that performance and “Opera People”, our complimentary photographs to commemorate your special night.


Behind the mask … forbidden passion.
For another man’s wife, for an enemy’s daughter, for more women than a man is allowed.

Dominick Chene in Ballo

Verdi’s A MASKED BALL  |   Nov 8, 13, 16, 2014

A man’s secret desire for his best friend’s wife takes a surprising turn. Featuring a stunning projection-based set by renowned artist Wendall Harrington, this collaboration with UT-Austin also features the debut of Dominick Chenes.

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Gounod’s ROMEO & JULIET  |  Jan 24, 29, Feb 1, 2015

Star-crossed lovers devise a plan to marry in defiance of their families. Starring two stars at their performing peaks, Metropolitan Opera tenor Stephen Costello and internationally acclaimed soprano Joyce El-Khoury in the title roles.

Morgan Smith as Don Giovanni

Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI  | Apr 25, 30, May 3, 2015

The ultimate ladies’ man seduces the wrong woman, and her father returns from the grave to bring Giovanni to his destiny. Morgan Smith, a seasoned Giovanni, takes the stage in this fiery Austin favorite. Read more about baritone Morgan Smith.

NEW! Choose Your Series

We want to make your opera experience more memorable with each of our series offering you special events and opportunities designed to enrich your enjoyment of opera in Austin.

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ALO Saturday thumbnailSATURDAY SERIES: A Night of Glamour (Nov 8, Jan 24, April 25 – all performances begin at 7:30 p.m.)
Make your night at the opera a glamorous event! This series includes a Red Carpet Opening Night to launch the season as well as Pre-Opera Dinners in the Kodosky Lounge and special entertainment before the show.



ALO Thursday thumbnailTHURSDAY SERIES: Business & Casual (Nov 13, Jan 29, April 30 – all performances begin at 7:30 p.m.)
A special night for our downtown set, this series offers pre-opera happy hours so you can mix and mingle with friends and colleagues before the show. Come as you are and join us for an evening of culture, friends and fun.



ALO Sunday thumbnailSUNDAY SERIES: A Family Tradition (Nov 16, Feb 1, May 3 – all performances begin at 3:00 p.m.)
Share your love of the opera with the next generation. Our senior opera-goers love to bring their children – and their children’s children – to enjoy a casual afternoon at the opera.


Austin Lyric Opera is pleased to bring you some of the most talented opera stars in the world. Renew your season subscription and don’t miss a single note.

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Stephen Costello

Stephen Costello, tenor – Stephen Costello joins us as Romeo in Gounod’s tale of the star-crossed lovers in January/February 2015.  This season he makes his Washington National Opera debut in the role of Greenhorn (Ishmael) in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick, a role he created in 2010 with Dallas Opera.  Costello first gained national attention when he made is opening night Metropolitan Opera debut at age 26 in 2007.  Two years later Costello won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, and he has since appeared at many of the world’s most important opera houses and music festivals, including London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Deutsche Oper Berlin; the Vienna State Opera; and the Salzburg Festival.

Other highlights of Costello’s 2013-14 season include his Houston Grand Opera debut as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and his return to the Vienna State Opera in two favorite Donizetti roles: Percy in Anna Bolena and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, the latter also serving as the vehicle for his second Washington National Opera engagement. Opposite his wife and frequent co-star, soprano Ailyn Pérez, Costello assumes another signature role – Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata – in productions at Hamburg’s State Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, and the San Francisco Opera. He reunites with Pérez for Rigoletto in Hamburg, besides joining her for a gala concert celebrating Richard Tucker’s centennial at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.


“A first-class talent … An intelligent, well trained singer whose enormous talent and natural musical instincts mark him for potential greatness.” – Opera News

“It’s hard to know which to admire more: Costello’s smart, heart-tugging comic turn—something between Charlie Chaplin and a young Steve Martin, or his superb singing.” – Detroit News

More about Stephen Costello.


Dominick Chenes

Dominick Chenes, tenor – Dominick Chenes opens ALO’s 28th season by singing the role of Riccardo in Verdi’s A Masked Ball.  Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Chenes studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where his debut role was Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera.  Upcoming engagements with AVA include Gherman in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame and Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata.

In 2013, Chenes won second prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition as well as a grant award from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competition.  That same year, Chenes attended the Russian Opera Workshop under the direction of Mr. Ghena Meirson.  He also enjoyed three years of success at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Mr. Chenes makes his professional debut with ALO and A Masked Ball.


Francesca da Rimini, Russian Opera Workshop: “Mr. Chenes sang the challenging tenor role of Paolo with unflagging energy and masterful technique. As his music modulated ever upward in the love duet, the beauty of his voice, his stentorian tone, and his passionate performance had me sitting on the edge of my seat!”  – Ralph Helms, Philadelphia Fans of Classical Music 2013

Un ballo in maschera, AVA: “A breakout star is Dominick Chenes as Riccardo…his vocal quality just kept giving.”  – Lew Whittington, Huffington Post 2013


MorganSmith_highres_Web-003_1Morgan Smith, baritone – Smith takes the title role of Don Giovanni in April 2015. A graduate of Columbia College and Mannes College of Music in New York City, Smith became a member of the Seattle Opera young artist program in 1999 where he remained for two seasons, during which time he made his professional debut as Donald in Billy Budd, and where he sang roles such as the title role Don Giovanni, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Riccardo in I Puritani, and Peter Niles in Mourning becomes Electra.

Morgan Smith made his European debut in the 2009-2010 Season at Berlin Staatsoper as Marcello, and at Oper Leipzig as Rossini’s Figaro, Papageno, Marcello, Leandre The Love for Three Oranges and Whitelaw Savory One Touch of Venus.

Recent successes include his return to San Francisco Opera for the role of Starbuck in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, a role he inaugurated for the world premiere at Dallas Opera and later sang at San Diego Opera.


Moby Dick, San Francisco Opera: “Morgan Smith’s attractive, flexible baritone made chief mate Starbuck the opera’s sympathetic center, and tenor Stephen Costello projected warmth and yearning as the naïve Greenhorn (the Ishmael character).” – Opera News, October 2012

Mourning Becomes Electra, Florida Grand Opera”Baritone Morgan Smith as Adam Brant has a beautiful voice and was given the opportunity to sing the best aria in the production, “Too weak to kill the man I hate.” His voice, coupled with his extreme good looks, made him the perfect lover/villain for the piece.” Edge Boston, November 2013

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How do I buy tickets?

All 2013-14 Season Ticket holders are invited to renew for 2014-15 Season Tickets through May 5.

New Season Tickets will be available on May 7.

Single Tickets for each performance will be available in the Fall 2014.