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2014 Wine Dinner & Auction Invite 1 copyThe 2014 Wine Dinner & Auction  was an amazing success.  Thank you to our co-chairs, Marcy Melanson and Cornelia Wood, for a job well done!  Photos from this event can be viewed here.

The Austin LyricOpera Guild’s mission is to help provide cultural nourishment to the Central Texas community, as well as to provide financial support to Austin Lyric Opera.

Guild members enjoy the company of other music lovers through the educational and social events and volunteer opportunities throughout the opera season.

We invite you to join us and share our love of opera in Austin. Please read a Welcome Letter from President Polly Barbaro

Austin Lyric Opera was founded in 1986 by Artistic/Music Director Walter Ducloux and General Director Joseph McClain. Community leaders Alfred King, Board Chairman, and Gay Ratliff, President, created a strong board of trustees dedicated to developing a highly skilled and professional opera company that would round out the already burgeoning arts community in Austin.

That dedication was reinforced on June 11, 1986, at a Guild charter membership meeting hosted by University of Texas Chancellor and Mrs. Hans Mark at the historic Bauer House. The meeting was attended by 400 opera enthusiasts who became members. Thus, the Austin Lyric Opera Guild, dedicated to supporting Austin Lyric Opera and its goals, was founded.
The Guild is 25 years strong and much has evolved. Today, the Guild is an organization that focuses on volunteer service to the Austin Lyric Opera company, opera enrichment for our members through social and educational opportunities, and fundraising through the Guild Boutique and Special Events.

More than 250 members provide the pulse, support, and lifeline for the company and our Central Texas community. Volunteering in multiple roles is encouraged through our various opportunities. There is nothing more rewarding than donating your time, energy, and talent to the Austin Lyric Opera. Besides, we have a lot of fun!

The purpose of Austin Lyric Opera Guild is to encourage community involvement in the development and furtherance of Austin Lyric Opera through volunteer service, and to enrich its membership’s understanding and appreciation of opera.

Besides affording members a deeper level of involvement in the exciting world of opera and helping Austin Lyric Opera maintain its high level of excellence, the Guild offers members many other benefits:

  • Invitation to the preseason kickoff event, which introduces the forthcoming season’s operas, cast members, directors and conductors
  • Invitations to special educational events
  • Advance invitations to the prestigious Wine Dinner & Auction
  • Invitations to three private parties exclusively for Guild members

To join the ALO Guild, simply complete the membership form below:

  • An active member (individual or couple) is one who volunteers at least two times per year in a Guild sponsored event or activity. Full time student and associate members are encouraged, but not required, to volunteer.
  • Please let us know which activities interest you the most.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Guild members are invited to join us for year-round events.


June 4 at 11:30 am
Transition Guild Board Meeting
Barbaro Home


September 10 at 11:15 am
Guild Board Meeting 1
Eleven Plates


October 8 at 11:15 am
Guild Board Meeting 2
Eleven Plates

October 12 at 6:00 pm
Fall Kick-Off Party
Wood Home
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November 6 at 7:00 pm
Don Carlo Enrichment
Kushner Home
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November 12 at 11:15 am
Guild Board Meeting 3
Eleven Plates

November 16 at 5:30 pm
Don Carlo Pre-Opera Dinner
Kodosky Lounge
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December 4 at 6:00 pm
New Member Party
Barbaro Home
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December 7 at 6:00 pm
Holiday Party
Peel Home
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January 14 at 11:15 am
Guild Board Meeting 4
Eleven Plates

January 15 at 7:00 pm
Tosca Enrichment Event
Gatlin Home
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February 1 at 5:30 pm
Tosca Pre-Opera Dinner
Kodosky Lounge
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February 11 at 11:15 am
Guild Board Meeting 5
Eleven Plates

February 22 at 6:00 pm
Wine Dinner and Auction
Live Auction Sneak Peek
Silent Auction Sneak Peek
Four Seasons Hotel
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MARCH 2014
March 11 at 11:15 am
Guild Board Meeting 6
Eleven Plates


April 8 at 11:15 am
Guild Board Meeting 7
Eleven Plates

April 23 at 7:00 pm
Elixir of Love Enrichment
Hunter-Johnson Home

May 3 at 5:30 pm
Elixir Pre-Opera Dinner
Kodosky Lounge

May 4 at 4:00 pm
Artists’ Party Hosted by the Guild
Kodosky Lounge

May 17 at 6:00 pm
Spring Awards Party
Gardner Home

June 3 at 11:15 am
Transition Guild Board Meeting
Kothmann Home

Part of the enjoyment of membership in the ALO Guild is volunteering. Through working together, Guild members build life-long friendships.  New Guild members are especially encouraged to volunteer. Seasoned Guild members will always be on hand to show you the ropes.

Please check this Web site periodically for volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities


25 volunteers are needed for the Opera Ambassador Program during Elixir of Love.  Opera Ambassadors basically thank our Opera loving public for coming to ALO and offer them a chance to tell us what we might do better.  Volunteers might ask:  is there anything you’d like to tell Richard Buckley or Joe Specter?  Are you a season ticket holder?  Would you like to join the Guild?  There are many avenues for discussion which will directly help ALO.

Volunteers wear a badge naming you as an ‘Opera Ambassador’ at the performance of your choice and have the ability to offer a drink coupon to the person you speak to, in the lobby during intermission or prior to the performance.   We are doing this to ‘invite greater participation, whether that’s converting a single ticket buyer to a subscriber, a subscriber to a donor, finding new Guild members, or encouraging a newbie to come back again!’ as our Board Chairman Wendi Kushner has said.

May 1, 3, & 4 during Elixir of Love performances.  If you choose to stay for a non-subscription performance, a ticket will be provided for you!

Carol Logan,


Reporters are needed to cover several upcoming events surrounding The Elixir of Love, including the Guild Enrichment Event and the pre-opera dinner.  Articles should be between 300-500 words.

The Enrichment Event is April 23 and the pre-opera dinner is May 3.  Articles are due on May 17.

Madeline Nash,


Food and monetary donations are needed for the end of year Artists’ Party hosted by the Guild.

The party will be held on May 4.  Specific details and logistics will be sent to donors.

Susan Gatlin, or 512-573-0412

Polly Barbaro

Paula Kothmann

Past President
Carol Logan

Anastasia Bourgeois

Steve Barbaro

Mack Lindsey

VP Communication
Madeline Nash

VP Guild Enrichment Co-Chairs
Jean LeFebvre
Paul Schoenfield

VP Membership
Jo Carol Snowden
Gretchen Woellner
Marcia Toprac

VP Merchandising
Barry Woltag

VP Support Services
Fran Langfitt

VP Volunteer Coordination Co-Chairs
Diane Ingram
Brenda Wendel

VP OVI Representative
Craig Kuglen

VP Educational Outreach
Lissa Anderson

Wine Dinner Co-Chairs
Marcy Melanson
Cornelia Wood

Pre-Opera Dinner Co-Chairs
Paula Damore
Suzanne Breitbach

Curby Conoley Tableriou
Marilyn Davis Rabkin
Susan Gatlin
Katharine Shields
Cindy Stone



Libretto is the ALO Guild quarterly newsletter sent by e-mail to all Guild members. We cover news, updates, photos and information about various Guild and Opera events and opportunitiesALO Guild Libretto.

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Austin Lyric Opera Guild
3009 Industrial Terrace, Suite 100
Austin, Tx 78758

(512) 472-5927
Box Office (512) 472-5992

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For information about subscriptions or tickets, click here or call 512-610-7684.