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AUSTIN LYRIC OPERA PREPARES FOR HALLMARK SEASON UNDER NEW GENERAL DIRECTOR JOSEPH SPECTER

AUSTIN—Austin Lyric Opera’s (ALO) first season under new General Director Joseph Specter is full of critically acclaimed productions of beloved operas:  Pagliacci, Leoncavallo’s tragic tale of passion and betrayal; The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s comedic masterpiece; and Faust, Gounod’s story of the struggle between good and evil.  Richard Buckley, ALO’s renowned Artistic Director and Principal Conductor will lead all three productions. For more information on Austin Lyric Opera’s exciting 2012-13 season, visit www.AustinLyricOpera.org.

“The optimism and excitement for the future of ALO is palpable with our patrons,” says Specter. “Our loyal audience has responded enthusiastically to our current season with subscriptions that outpace those of even our 25th anniversary season.”

The 2012-13 season will continue in the tradition of extraordinary musical and theatrical experiences that have inspired Austinites and central Texans for a quarter of a century.

Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Who’s laughing now?  This famously tragic play-within-a-play tells the heartbreaking story of love and deception in an Italian commedia dell’arte troupe.  Theater and reality collide in a dramatic climax when Canio discovers his wife has eyes for another man. “Laugh, clown, at your broken love!” he exclaims in one of opera’s most legendary tenor arias.

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Something’s afoot in the palace of the Count!  In this single “day of madness,” Mozart takes us on a laugh-out-loud ride filled with schemes, masquerades and mistaken identities. Figaro, his bride-to-be Susanna, and the Countess conspire to expose and embarrass the cunning, skirt-chasing Count. This is comic opera at its best.

Gounod’s Faust
Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Would you strike a deal with the devil?  Faust, an aging scholar, wants another chance at youth and love, and forges a malevolent pact with Méphistophélès in order to seduce the beautiful and innocent Marguerite.  What follows is a classic battle of good and evil. Abounding with Gounod’s unforgettable melodies, this new production by Bernard Uzan was hailed as a triumph at its Arizona Opera premiere.

All performances take place at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.

ALO Subscribers can save up to 40% off regular ticket prices.  Subscriptions start at $50 and include tickets to all three productions of the season in a Thursday, Saturday or Sunday series.  Subscribers have the added bonus of introducing friends and family to the opera by ordering additional single tickets at a savings of 10%.  Other subscription benefits include first choice of seats that are rarely available to individual ticket buyers, and the ability to exchange tickets for a different performance day up to 48 hours prior to curtain.

Season Subscription Information
With single tickets not yet available to the general public, Subscribers can still reserve the best available seats in a variety of convenient ways:

Online: Visit www.AustinLyricOpera.org
By Mail: Subscription renewal forms can be sent to:
Austin Lyric Opera, 3009 Industrial Terrace, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78758
By Fax: Subscription renewal forms can be faxed to 512.472.1243
By Phone: Call Dianne Van Hulle, Patron Services Manager, at 512.610.7684

For more information on subscribing to Austin Lyric Opera’s 2012-13 season, visit www.AustinLyricOpera.org.

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