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Mission and History

Mission Statement

The mission of Austin Lyric Opera is to provide operatic performances and education programs that meet and preserve the highest standards of artistic excellence that culturally enrich the lives of Texans. This commitment is comprised of four essential goals:

  1. Creating operatic productions that attain the highest artist standards;
  2. Conveying the operatic art form in ways that make it intellectually and financially accessible to the most diverse as possible audience;
  3. Providing lifelong educational opportunities and programming to the community, regardless of skill, ethnicity, orientation or financial ability;
  4. Ensuring the future of the organization through consistent and responsible resource management.

History

Founded in May 1986 as Austin’s first professional opera company, Austin Lyric Opera (ALO) has become a cultural touchstone for the fine arts community in the Central Texas region and has gained national acclaim as a producer of great opera. Co-founders Joseph McClain and the late Dr. Walter Ducloux envisioned a dynamic company that would enrich, entertain, and educate the community. In January 1987, the sold-out inaugural production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” debuted to rave reviews. “One could not hope for a more polished first showing,” praised an Austin critic.

Commedia

Austin Lyric Opera is committed to producing and promoting outstanding opera that will entertain, enrich and educate the central Texas community.  ALO is a cultural destination for the community that delivers an extraordinary experience; a creative environment that challenges the misconceptions of the art form; enables lifelong learning; and celebrates the diversity that makes Austin unique.

A consistently excellent program selection fused with major international artists, directors, and designers has won acclaim for the company locally, nationally and internationally. ALO operas consistently garner praise for production value, vocal artistry, set design and the leadership of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Richard Buckley. Internationally known singers such as, Carol Vaness, Greer Grimsley, Lyubov Petrova, Stephen Costello, Lise Lindstrom, and Sandra Piques Eddy have all graced the opera stage and delighted Austin audiences.

ALO is committed to maintaining the highest standards of artistic integrity.  Works from previous seasons include Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking,” Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Rodriguez’s “La Curandera,” Puccini’s “La bohème,” Verdi’s “La Traviata,” and Puccini’s “Turandot.” The artistry and musical excellence for which ALO is known continues in the company’s performance home, The Joe R. and Teresa Long Center for the Performing Arts and its acoustically noteworthy Dell Hall.

The Magic Flute (1987)

The Magic Flute (1987)

 

Inaugural Production (1987)

The Magic Flute
January 9-11, 1987
Performed at the Performing Arts Center Grand Concert Hall (Bass)

Conductor: Walter Ducloux |  Director: Joseph McClain

Season 1 (1987-1988)
Roméo et Juliette
Un ballo in maschera

Season 2 (1988-1989)
La Traviata
Die Fledermaus

Season 3 (1989-1990)
Carmen
Madama Butterfly
La Cenerentola

Season 4 (1990-1991)
Il Trovatore
Don Giovanni
Barber of Seville

Season 5 (1991-1992)
Aïda
La bohème
Pietra del Paragonne

Season 6 (1992-1993)
Fidelio
Tosca
Abduction from the Seraglio

Season 7 (1993-1994)
Turandot
Marriage of Figaro
Don Pasquale

Season 8 (1994-1995)
Faust
Rigoletto
Madama Butterfly

Season 9 (1995-1996)
Lucia di Lammermoor
Tannhäuser
La Traviata

Season 10 (1996-1997)
The Magic Flute
The Ballad of Baby Doe
La bohème

Season 11 (1997-1998)
Andrea Chénier
Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci
Barber of Seville

Season 12 (1998-1999)
Otello
Salome
Tosca

Season 13 (1999-2000)
Don Giovanni
Candide
Aïda

Season 14 (2000-2001)
Madama Butterfly
Cold Sassy Tree
Die Walküre
Carmen

Season 15 (2001-2002)
Faust
A Streetcar Named Desire
La fanciulla del West
Rigoletto

Season 16 (2002-2003)
La Traviata
Dead Man Walking
La Bohème

Season 17 (2003-2004)
Turandot
Cosi fan tutte
The Flying Dutchman

Season 18 (2004-2005)
Tosca
Elektra
Marriage of Figaro

Season 19 (2005-2006)
Il Trovatore
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Don Giovanni

Season 20 (2006-2007)
Madama Butterfly
Waiting for the Barbarians
Barber of Seville

Season 21 (2007-2008)
Simply the Best Concert
Carmen
The Bat

Season 22 (2008-2009)
La Cenerentola
Rigoletto
Dialogues of the Carmelites

Season 23 (2009-2010)
La bohème
L’étoile
Hansel and Gretel

Season 24 (2010-2011)
La Traviata
L’Italiana in Algierie
Flight

Season 25 (2011-2012)
The Magic Flute
Lucia di Lammermoor
Turandot

Season 26 (2012-2013)
Pagliacci
The Marriage of Figaro
Faust