Austin may not be New York City or even Houston, but for a casual town known primarily for its nightclub music scene, it has one of the most renowned opera companies anywhere in America. Many credit the success of the Austin Lyric Opera to maestro Richard Buckley, an internationally acclaimed conductor who was wooed to Austin’s opera company a decade ago and continues to draw some of the biggest talent in the singing world. Austin Lyric Opera puts on lush, fully realized interpretations of classics from Verdi, Mozart and Puccini, as well as a slew of more modern operas. The company also hosts a range of education and community programs, providing a rich blend of high art and accessibility in the city of Austin.
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Adapted from the popular 1988 film, this vibrant and crowd-pleasing musical follows two con men, Lawrence and Freddy, as they battle over the affections and bank account of Christine Colgate, a beautiful young heiress. Featuring Austin favorite Andrew Cannata as Freddy and an award-winning cast including Joe Penrod, Patty Rowell, and Michelle Cheney, the musical follows the two peddlers as they traipse through the French Riviera, outdueling each other for love of money and the right to pay for the popcorn.