Celebrate 85 years of opera in Milwaukee! Our85th Anniversary Concert will feature audience-favorite opera stars, along with the Baumgartner Studio Artists and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, performing legendary arias and ensembles from the past, present and future of opera in Milwaukee. Learn more. Made possible with support from Mary Ann and Charles LaBahn.
Iconic. Brave. Timeless. Carmen struggles to overcome her tragic circumstances. Featuring Bizet’s magnetic music, hear some of the most recognizable melodies in opera, including the “Habanera,” the “Seguidilla,” and the famous “Toreador Song.” Carmen is a heroine for the ages.
Elise Quagliata, Carmen
Bob Bernhardt, conductor & music director
Helena Binder, stage director
Elise Quagliata, Carmen
Richard Troxell, Don José
Jennifer Goode Cooper, Micaëla
Gregory Gerbrandt, Escamillo
Set in southern Spain, Bizet’s classic opera centers on Carmen, a beautiful and fiery gypsy girl who seduces Don José, a straight-laced soldier in the army. The tale that unfolds is one of passion, obsession, and spurned love.
A historic-fantasia on the life of one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.
Alan Turing is hailed as the father of modern computing, a groundbreaking codebreaker, and a wartime hero. He was also found guilty of gross indecency, chemically castrated, and found dead by apparent suicide next to a cyanide-laced apple.
Delve deep into the mind of the famed scientist as he grapples with secrets, identity, discrimination, and what it means to be an outsider, in this sweeping new opera.
Commissioned by American Lyric Theater
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director
“Our opera imagines the man inside the legend of Alan Turing: his unique perspective of the universe, his unabashed view of his homosexuality, and his impact on the future of civilization. This piece is relevant today not only for restoring Turing to our collective memory, but also because the institutionalized homophobic attitudes faced by Turing continue to threaten the lives of gay men and women across the globe. In fact, this opera is not merely about homophobia, it is about prejudice. This opera celebrates the power of memory, creativity, and the potential within us all to live fully and truly.”
– Justine F. Chen, composer, and David Simpatico, librettist
Austin Opera opens its 2018–2019 season with one of opera’s most dramatically and vocally intense masterpieces: Verdi’s Otello, November 10–18, 2018, at the Long Center.
Presented as a festive staged concert event and based on Shakespeare’s iconic characters, Verdi’s Otello is a rarely performed masterwork of personal and political jealousy that will leave Austin audiences breathless.
The victorious naval warrior Otello will be performed by rising star tenor Issachah Savage, who captivated Austin Opera audiences as Radamès in Aida in 2015. Fresh off her triumph as Violetta in our spring 2018 production of La traviata, soprano Marina Costa-Jackson returns to sing the heartbreaking role of the faithful wife Desdemona. Austin Opera favorite baritone Michael Chioldi returns for his fifth role in Austin as the treacherous and cunning Iago. And Steven White, fresh off conducting La traviata, returns to marshal the massive orchestral and vocal forces of Verdi’s passionate score, featuring the Austin Opera orchestra on stage with the vocalists.