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Austin Lyric Opera Nominated for Five Austin Critics Table Awards

ALO’s January 2014 production of Tosca stunned local critics, with the opera receiving five nominations from the 2013-14 Austin Critics Table Awards. “We are exceedingly proud of Tosca and all of the artists who collaborated to make this a successful production,” says Joe Specter, ALO General Manager. “While the principal singers each received a nomination, […]

Continue Reading | May 28, 2014

SPECTER: Opera Must Remake Itself

Essay submitted to and published in the Austin American-Statesman, April 6, 2014 As general director of a nonprofit American opera company, it gives me tremendous pause to learn of the fall of companies as illustrious as San Diego Opera, New York City Opera, Baltimore Opera — or any of the other companies that have dropped […]

Continue Reading | April 7, 2014

FEB 22: Austin Lyric Opera Guild Presents Annual Wine Dinner & Auction

FEATURING EXPERT WINE PAIRINGS, SUMPTUOUS CUISINE, AND OVER-THE-TOP AUCTION ITEMS BENEFITING AUSTIN LYRIC OPERA The Austin Lyric Opera Guild joyfully announces its annual Wine Dinner & Auction, “Magnificent Maestros,” an unforgettable evening at the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking Lady Bird Lake, Saturday, February 22, at 6 p.m. The Wine Dinner & Auction will honor Maestro Richard […]

Continue Reading | February 18, 2014

REVIEW: Puccini’s TOSCA

Austin Lyric Opera presented Puccini’s beloved Tosca to near-full houses January 30 – February 2, 2014. Selected to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of ALO’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Richard Buckley, the maestro proved his mastery of the composer, much to the delight of audiences. Featuring principal performers Mardi Byers, Scott Piper and Wayne Tigges, […]

Continue Reading | February 2, 2014

REVIEWS: Verdi’s Don Carlo

Austin Lyric Opera opened its 2013-14 Season with Verdi’s intense Don Carlo in November, what one Austin critic called, “an opera lover’s dream, bursting at the seams with complex philosophical tensions, powerfully effusive music, charismatic characters, and, most importantly, a resounding and pulsating heartbeat.” Maestro Richard Buckley pulled terrific performances from the chorus, orchestra and […]

Continue Reading | November 29, 2013

Enter to Win Here!

Our Thursday performance of “Don Carlo” is very special! Not only does opera make for a fantastic night out, you’re also invited to join us for the Meet the Cast After Party, featuring James Valenti and the cast of Don Carlo! Let us treat you to a glass of wine while you grab photos and […]

Continue Reading | November 14, 2013

Statesman Preview: Don Carlo featuring James Valenti

Austin Lyric Opera tackles Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’ Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 (Statesman story here) BY JEANNE CLAIRE VAN RYZIN – AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Austin Lyric Opera boasts an all-Italian roster this season: Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” Puccini’s “Tosca” and Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love.” This is the first time ALO has presented “Don Carlo.” A towering opera […]

Continue Reading | November 12, 2013

Richard Buckley Celebrates 10 Years Leading Austin Lyric Opera

Austin Lyric Opera (ALO) is pleased to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Richard Buckley’s leadership. As Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Buckley has steadily increased the quality of each ALO production, even as the company faced serious financial challenges. “We’ve been through a lot,” says Buckley, “but Austin Lyric Opera is in a really good […]

Continue Reading | September 16, 2013

ALO Welcomes International Star, Tenor James Valenti

Valenti to Sing Title Role in Austin Lyric Opera’s “Don Carlo” American tenor replaces original lead, brings international star quality to ALO production. Learn more about Don Carlo and about our special tickets discounts. AUSTIN—Austin Lyric Opera (ALO) is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed American tenor James Valenti will take on the title role […]

Continue Reading | September 12, 2013