Austin Lyrics Opera was founded by a group of individuals who had a vision for an innovative company that would bring entertainment, education, and enrichment to the city of Austin. Austin Lyrics is a renowned opera company that brings both local and international artists to the forefront.
There are five main productions that are performed at the Austin Lyrics Opera. The productions are Rigoletto, Dialogues, La Boheme, The Star, and Hansel & Gretel. Each performance uses lyrics, voice, costume, and ambiance to create an unforgettable performance that will both move and inspire the audience. Opera lovers interested in attending the productions can purchase tickets by phone, fax, mail, or in person. Tickets start at $19 and increase based on an individual seating.
Austin Lyrics Opera has its own educational institution called the Armstrong Community Music School. The school was established in the year 2000 and has numerous educational programs for students of all ages. Some of the program courses offer instruction in jazz, blues, folk, and classical. Armstrong Community Music School has an opera specific reach-out program that targets high-risk youth that live in housing projects and detention centers. The program's mission is to empower the youth through musical education.
Austin Lyrics Opera is heavily involved in educating the public and attempting to foster an appreciation for opera. The company is involved in Adult Opera Education and Youth Opera Education. Many residents of Austin view the Opera as a pretentious art form - but the Austin Lyrics Opera attempts to bridge that gap through its outreach programs. The adult and youth opera educational programs make opera accessible and helps new and long-time fans learn about the history and purpose of opera. There are exactly seven ways that Austin Lyrics Opera educates. The company gives workshops and interactive classes through artistic events and courses called Season Previews, Opera on the Town, Opera Evenings, Inside the Opera, Talkbacks, Opera Live, and the Career Track Voice Master Class. The Career Track Voice Master Class is a workshop for advanced opera singers who have a desire to hone their craft and pursue performance as a life long career.
The Austin Lyrics Opera's biggest success has been the La Noche De Opera. The program provides educational and social activities to members of the Hispanic community and has been part of the Austin Lyrics Opera for fifteen years.
Another interesting thing that the directors and staff at the Austin Lyrics Opera do is dispel the myths that keep many people from going to the opera. The Austin Lyrics Opera ensures that guests of the opera will understand every word, not be required to wear formal attire, ensures that a large demographic of ages attend the opera, and promise suspenseful twists and surprising plots in order to prevent boredom.
Season tickets are available as well as the prospect of becoming a member of the Austin Lyrics Opera. There are benefits to being a member or season ticket holder at the opera. Season ticket holders receive a membership award card that garners them discounts at various places like restaurants, bakeries, clothing stores, flower shops, or the purchase of professional services.