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Welcome to the World of Opera!

Austin Lyric Opera is more than just our main stage productions.  ALO is a cultural destination for the community that delivers world-class opera performances; engages audiences in creative environments from community groups to fantastic special events; enables lifelong learning; and celebrates the diversity that makes Austin unique.  From fostering the next generation of opera enthusiasts to strengthening the relationship with current ones, we are committed to fostering a deeper connection with opera and the arts.

Explore all of our opportunities to get to know opera. And look for Special Events coming up!

Austin Lyric Opera Guild – A membership organization of volunteers supporting ALO

La Noche de Opera – A social and educational group for the Hispanic community

Opera Previews – Fun, informal and informative lectures one month before each production at Chez Zee and other venues, formerly “Opera On The Town”

Opera Overtures – Free lectures for ticket holders in The Long Center one hour before each performance

Opera Treasure Chest – A free program for students K-4 that includes 10 carefully designed, TEKS-aligned interactive lesson plans to help students experience opera

Access Opera – A program that provides 5,000 free tickets to students, parents and teachers to attend Austin Lyric Opera dress rehearsals, formerly “Opera By Night”

NEW! Sunday Matinee Music Camp – Parents are invited to take advantage of our on-site childcare for the Sunday, Nov. 24, performance of “Don Carlo.”



Access Opera offers over 5,000 free tickets to students, parents and teachers to attend Austin Lyric Opera dress rehearsals. The program includes colorful preparatory packets and lesson plans that provide Austin area teachers with valuable tools to supplement their own curriculum in music as well as other academic subjects, such as history, art and languages.  Students see and hear the work with an enhanced appreciation that helps create a deeper relationship with the art form. Access Opera is often the first opportunity for many participants to experience live opera.

To reserve tickets for your students, please contact Erin Horan, Education and Administrative Coordinator, 512-610-7689 or

Access Opera participation is bolstered by partnerships with a growing list of schools and community organizations that includes:

  • Texas School for the Deaf
  • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • East Austin (AISD) and Round Rock ISD
  • American Youth Works
  • Austin Shelter for Women and Children
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin
  • Lifeworks

New this season, ALO has engaged local teachers to assist in the creation of TEKS-aligned lesson plans to add to our Access Opera program.  These lessons focus on a number of different subject areas and are designed to be used whether or not your school attends the dress rehearsals.

ALO Education & CommunityOpera Treasure Chest is a free program that includes 10 carefully designed, TEKS-aligned interactive lesson plans culminating in a live opera performance for students in grades K-4. Each lesson comes with all of the materials teachers needto help students experience opera through a variety of classroom subjects.  Teachers at participating schools “check out” treasure chests full of opera-related materials— CDs, DVDs, books and games —that enliven class time and introduce classical music concepts that benefit writing, critical thinking and other skills.  The Opera Treasure Chest follows two major paths. The first is a comprehensive look at opera: the “who, what, where, when and why”. The second concentrates on a specific opera from ALO’s current season.

Opera Overtures are free pre-show talks for ticket holders starting one hour before every Austin Lyric Opera performance.  These talks include audio samples and entertaining anecdotes about the composer, the librettist and other fascinating information that give you historical context and enhance your enjoyment of the performance.

Opera Overtures encourages people to arrive at The Long Center early, grab a drink and make the most of their evening at the opera!

ALO Education & Community

ALO Education & Community

Opera Previews is a series of fun, informative lectures presented at Chez Zee American Bistro and other venues.  Taking place a few weeks prior to the opening of each ALO production, these lively events give attendees an opportunity to learn about the upcoming opera while mingling with other enthusiasts.  

Chez Zee Leoncavallo (10)

Chez Zee Leoncavallo (9)

La Noche de Opera has been one of Austin Lyric Opera’s greatest successes, providing social and educational activities to members of the Hispanic community for more than 15 years.Before each production, members of La Noche de Opera gather in private homes, art galleries or restaurants to share a glass of wine, savor sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and listen to special guests and artists as they give insights into the upcoming production.

You do not need previous knowledge of opera to become a member. La Noche’s relaxed events are the perfect way to learn more about this wonderful art form. To find out how to get involved with La Noche de Opera, contact Erica Lopez at 512.854.9737.

La Noche de Opera Committee
Lilliana Ruiz Garcia, Chair

La Noche Photo Kitty Garza.jpg

La Noche de Opera

David Rice, Karina Lucio, Fely Garcia, Frank Trevino, Hector Torres, Laura Gutierrez-Witt, Marion Sanchez, Martha Salazar, Michi Spielman, Ollie Besteiro, Paula Damore, Tana Christie, Veronica Trevino, Erica Lopez, Antonia Warren, Curby Conoley Tableriou and Kitty Garza.

For the first time on November 24, Austin Lyric Opera will offer opera-loving parents a chance to enjoy the Sunday matinee performance of Verdi’s Don Carlo while their children enjoy an afternoon of music, games, arts and fun.

ACMS logoThe Sunday Matinee Music Camp pilot program will be led by teachers from Armstrong Community Music School and will provide cultural enrichment for kids ages 5 to 12 years old. Kids will make instruments, take a music lesson, try on historical costumes and more as well as take a break for snacks. A limited number of slots for the camp are available.

Parents are asked to purchase their tickets by phone and reserve spots for their children in Sunday Matinee Music Camp at the time they purchase their tickets. ALO will accept reservations for any children aged 5 to 12 years old for just $20 a child – a bargain compared to the going rate for child care of $10 an hour. ALO is pleased to offer this service to our opera fans and patrons.


Adults must purchase tickets and attend the Sunday, May 4, performance. Matinee Music Camp is held in the AT&T Room on the ground floor of The Long Center. This is a secure room with easy access to exits and bathrooms. Children will not be allowed to leave the room without supervision by at least one ALO/ACMS staff member of volunteer.  For more information about ACMS, click here.

Matinee Music Camp is available for children 5-12 years old. Please alert staff ahead of time about any special needs, restrictions, allergies, etc.

Adults will be asked to sign a waiver and leave their seat locations and cell phone numbers with staff at check-in. In case of emergency, ALO staff will locate parents by seat number and/or be sent a text message to their cell phones. (We ask that cell phones be kept on silent or vibrate in consideration of other opera attendees.)


  • 1:45 p.m. – Camp drop-off opens
  • 2:00 p.m. – “Opera Overtures” pre-opera talk begins
  • 3:00 p.m. – Performance begins
  • 5:45 p.m. – Performance ends

Matinee Music Camp Schedule

  • 1:45-2 – Composer coloring sheets and music listening
  • 2-2:30 – Music class time
  • 2:30-2:45 – Snack break
  • 2:45-3:15 – Music Game time
  • 3:15-3:45 – Music class time
  • 3:45-4:15 – Make your own instruments craft time
  • 4:15-4:30 – Snack break
  • 4:30-5 – Composer coloring sheets and music listening
  • 5-5:30 – Finish craft projects and movie time
  • 5:45-6 – Snack time
  • 6:30 p.m. – Children must be picked up


Ticket buyers taking advantage of Sunday Matinee Music Camp will be seated in aisle seats to allow better access to entrances and exits. Ticket prices start at $36

Matinee Music Camp is $20 per child, payable at time of ticket purchase. Existing ticket holders for this performance are invited to call Patron Services to reserve a space for their children, too.

To purchase tickets and reserve a space for your children, please call Patron Services at 512-610-7684.