Austin Opera – Long Center Founding Resident Company

ALO's performance of Marriage of Figaro.The Marriage of Figaro (2013). Photograph: Mark Matson

Austin’s First Professional Opera Company

Founded in May 1986, Austin Opera is a cultural destination for the community that delivers an extraordinary experience as well as a creative environment that demystifies the art form. Austin Opera is committed to lifelong learning, celebrating the diversity that makes Austin unique and of course producing outstanding opera that will entertain, enrich and educate the central Texas community.

About Austin Opera

Austin Opera operas consistently garner praise for production values, musical artistry and set design. Austin Opera is committed to maintaining the highest standards of artistic integrity. Works from previous seasons include Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking,” Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Rodriguez’s “La Curandera,” Puccini’s “La bohème,” Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Puccini’s “Turandot.” Austin Opera maintains its high production quality through the leadership of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Richard Buckley.

Austin Opera was founded under the leadership of Artistic/Music Director Walter Ducloux and General Director Joseph McClain who brought many years of international artistic experience to the new company in Austin. This team, in tandem with an exemplary founding Board of Trustees and staff, built a company infused with the special energy and dynamics of Texas and its capital city. Supported from its inception by an active Guild of around 150 devotees, Austin Opera has rapidly gathered momentum in the community, establishing educational opportunities and implementing successful audience development and fundraising efforts.

The artistry and musical excellence for which Austin Opera is known continues in the company’s performance home, the acoustically noteworthy Dell Hall at the Long Center. Pre-curtain lectures are provided free to ticket holders before each opera performance at the Long Center.

Austin Opera
(512) 472-5992
3009 Industrial Terrace, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78758

Austin Opera Educational Efforts

La Noche de Opera

Austin Opera offers community programs such as “La Noche de Opera,” providing Hispanic audiences with a full schedule of educational and social activities to increase their engagement with the art form.Current efforts are also under way to initiate new groups for young professionals and others.

Opera by Night

The “Opera by Night” program offers free tickets to dress rehearsal performances for up to 5,000 students (grades 5-12) and their families per year. Educational packets are distributed to students and teachers through Austin schools to prepare them for what is often their first chance to experience live opera and to provide teachers with a valuable tool to supplement their own classroom curriculum.

Opera Treasure Chest

The “Opera Treasure Chest” program allows teachers to enliven their own class time while preparing their students for an active and engaging live opera performance. This program has served approximately 1,000-1,500 students in the past year, providing teachers with a special opportunity to use opera as a teaching tool for music as well as other subjects.

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