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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

Austin Lyric Opera Announces 2014-15 Season

Austin’s only opera house brings Verdi’s, Gounod’s, and Mozart’s music to life in its 28th season Austin Lyric Opera  is unmasking their 2014-15 season and letting Austin get in on the excitement. Bringing the thrill and drama of some of opera’s biggest sensations to the Long Center stage, ALO’s General Director, Joseph Specter, and Artistic […]

Continue Reading | February 11, 2014

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


ALO is pleased to host a booth and provide entertainment at this year’s Italian Festival, Sunday, August 25. As you might guess, the event will feature food, music, art and fun, all with an Italian theme. The ALO booth positioned right next to the stage will promote the 2013-14 Season and offer guests a chance […]

Continue Reading | August 22, 2013

ALO Holds Auditions for 2013-14 Chorus

Chorus auditions for the 2013-14 Season will be held on the following dates: Thursday, August 22 7:00 – 10:00 PM Saturday, August 24 12:00 – 6:00 PM Monday, August 26 7:00 – 10:00 PM Tuesday, August 27 7:00 – 10:00 PM Thursday, August 29 7:00 – 10:00 PM   Singers are needed for all productions […]

Continue Reading | August 1, 2013