Though it is illegal for pranksters to shout about non-existent fires in a theater, shrieking after an encounter with an under-seat gum wad is permissible. Shout about what's on stage instead with today's deal: for $149, you become a 2010–2011 season-ticket holder at Austin Lyric Opera (up to a $354 value). Your Groupon grants you best available seating to three vibrant productions throughout the season—La Traviata, The Italian Girl in Algiers, and Flight. For an extra $25 at the time of your Groupon’s redemption, you’ll also get to see the movingly minimalist production, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Call the box office at your earliest convenience to secure the finest seats in the house at your choice of performance dates. Choose from shows on Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., or Sundays at 3 p.m. Note: you must choose one performance day for all shows. Example: if you choose Friday, you will receive Friday tickets for each production
The 2010–2011 Austin Lyric Opera season 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 tragic love that inspired the movie Pretty Woman during La Traviata (Nov. 6, 10, 12, & 14, 2010). Enjoy an evening of terminally cramped drama during Flight (April 9, 13, 15, & 17, 2011), which portrays a series of distinctive characters (including a refugee unable to leave the airport; the same true story that inspired Tom Hanks' The Terminal) and intertwined relationships, all condensed into one 24-hour airport layover. Whether the lyrics flow out in Italian, English, or vocal Morse code, the A.L.O. proudly supertitles all performances by projecting English translations or captions above the stage, which is where your head will be tilted in laughter during the absurdly twisted, pirate-laden tale of The Italian Girl in Algiers, a madcap comedy (Jan. 29, Feb. 2, 4, & 6, 2011).
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 you throughout your evenings of seasonal seating. With productions riddled with exciting twists and heightened by dramatic, heart-breaking arias, this year’s Austin Lyric Opera season is primed to delight the eyes, ears, ears where eyes should be, and eyes where ears should be of humans and monocled mutants alike.
This Groupon is for new subscribers only and is not valid for renewals.
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. – David Mead, Austin American-Statesman