Outside of a movie poster featuring Gerard Butler and Neve Campbell, few Christmas gifts can double as Valentine's Day gifts. Today's deal gets you one such gift: one ticket to the Austin Lyric Opera's production of The Star for $35 (a $126 value). This Groupon is good for mezzanine seats or better for the performance on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Buy multiple Groupons under the same name to ensure that your seats get grouped together.
Born over a glass of absinthe, Emmanuel Chabrier's The Star tells the tale of Lazuli, a lowly peddler who falls in love with the visiting princess Laoula and gets sentenced to death after insulting King Ouf (out on the town in disguise). When the royal astronomer informs King Ouf that the stars predict he will die within 24 hours of Lazuli, Ouf wines and dines Lazuli to avert this fate, but the two soon find themselves vying for the love of Laoula. And the stars have a few more tricks up their sleeves. The operetta is performed in French with English supertitles.
Along with being a night of sprightly, sparkling entertainment, the Austin Lyric Opera's staging of Emmanuel Chabrier's The Star is also a high-spirited intro for opera-virgins. Unlike its weightier, sometimes death-obsessed cousin, the opera, operetta favors a fast, frothy pace, a sly wit, and lighter-than-air music—a perfect pairing for the Valentine's Day season.
The Austin Lyric Opera's past productions have gotten a great deal of glowing press from local media critics and bloggers:
- Austin Lyric Opera delivers a nuanced yet gut-wrenching production of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” which opened Saturday night at the Long Center. And that’s no a small feat to pull of [sic] with Poulenc’s very modern intellectual yet ultimately emotional query into the nature of belief. – Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman
- ...Austin Lyric Opera's latest revival of Rigoletto...has been crafted with a wealth of passion and skill that expertly balances the needs of the music and the drama; that conveys, even to a novice, why composer Giuseppe Verdi was a master of his chosen art form. – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
- The cast is consistently excellent, with voices suited to the style. – Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman
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