For Central Texas Area Lolitas (all, what, three of us?), Austin Lyric Opera released their 2007/2008 Season, which includes:
SIMPLY THE BEST: Opera's Greatest Hits
Nov 2, 3, 4 - Riverbend Centre
Revel in opera's best-loved arias, overtures and ensembles! Musical highlights from ALO's twenty seasons will feature Maestro Richard Buckley, the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, favorite stars and rising young singers. Experience opera's greatest hits from Bizet to Verdi.
Apr 18, 20, 24, 26 - The Long Center
Immerse yourself in the treacherous world of opera's most beloved bad girl. Mistaking Carmen's flirtation for true love, the young soldier Don Jose forsakes everything - his adoring girlfriend Miceala and his career. As Carmen entrances the dashing toreador Escamillo, Jose's fury is unleashed. This classic drama of a lovers' triangle culminates in a tragic conclusion that leaves no heart untouched, both onstage and in the audience.
Come see the dazzlingly beautiful spectacle that is Carmen.
Strauss' THE BAT
May 30, Jun 1, 5, 7 - The Long Center
Co-production with Esther's Follies
Austin Lyric Opera and Esther's Follies share the spotlight for an Austin-tacious take on Johann Strauss' memorable masterpiece. The hilarious cast of characters includes the newest tech millionaire in town, a swaggering, larger than life oilman, and a heartsick yodeling cowboy. Our new production features lyrics brimming with Austin witticisms sure to delight one and all, courtesy of Esther's. In a city that reveres all things batty, this promises to be a season highlight!
I plan on attending either SIMPLY THE BEST, or CARMEN, though it's a good possibility that I will be attending both. Is there anyone in the area interested in a get together around one of these performances?