Much like human history, opera is epic in scale, full of murders and romantic intrigue, and frequently interrupted by deformed men in half-masks and capes. Get in on the grandeur with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a ticket to The Italian Girl in Algiers at Austin Lyric Opera (up to a $126 value). Your Groupon grants you seating in the mezzanine or better, with the exception of premier seating, and it is only good for the Wednesday, February 2, performance.
The Austin Lyric Opera provides noteworthy performances under the careful guidance of renowned American conductor Richard Buckley. Join him and a wide range of potent pipes for an evening of tangled love and drama. The Italian Girl in Algiers follows the complicated love triangle between the Turkish leader Mustafà and Lindoro, a young Italian man in the Turkish court and his long-lost fiancée, Isabella. This masterpiece was written in 1813 by famed composer Gioachino Rossini, also known for penning the William Tell Overture, The Barber of Seville, and the operatic hair-metal anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane." Whether the lyrics flow out in Italian, English, or Wingdings, the Austin Lyric Opera proudly supertitles all performances by projecting English translations or captions above the stage so audiences can easily follow every moment of the plot.
Although the Austin Lyric Opera aims to provide elegant performances, it still invites its guests to let their hair or facial hair down while attending. Feel free to dress in a style and comfort that suits. With exciting twists, heightened by dramatic, heart-breaking arias, The Italian Girl in Algiers is primed to delight the eyes, ears, ears where eyes should be, and eyes where ears should be of humans and monocled mutants alike. Latecomers should be warned that attendees who arrive after the music begins will not be seated until intermission, so guests should be sure to arrive early for the 7:30 p.m. performance.
Austin Lyric Opera's past productions have gotten a great deal of press from local media critics and bloggers:
- Austin Lyric Opera went for lush and classic to mark the opening its 24th season Saturday night at the Long Center with its production of ‘La Traviata.’ Opulent sets and costumes, a passionately conducted score and solid performances from the singers marked the robust performance. – 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