Founded in 1986 as the city’s first professional opera company, Austin Opera employs hundreds of local and international artists each year to produce operatic productions designed to inspire, entertain, and instigate discussion among Austin audiences. Last year, more than 18,000 individuals attended one of Austin Opera’s four productions. Under the leadership of General Director Annie Burridge, the company has built a reputation for producing high quality opera across a wide range of repertoire that celebrates Austin’s diversity and contributes to its thriving arts and culture. Austin Opera’s recent production of The Manchurian Candidate won four Austin Critics Table Awards for Best Classical Concert/Opera, Best Singer (David Adam Moore), Best Singer (Donnie Ray Albert) and Best Digital Design.
The company’s education programs are built around the core productions and are administered with artistic integrity as well as social and economic diversity and inclusion. More than 8,000 Central Texans participated in educational offerings last year. Austin Opera’s educational offerings include free student programs for grades K-4 and 5-12, respectively, as well as community programs for ticket holders and Central Texans who are interested in the performing arts and opera. The opera’s affinity groups, La Noche de Opera and UrbanNites, offer educational forums as part of its membership.
The Long Center
Austin Opera, along with Ballet Austin and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, is one of the founding resident companies of the Long Center, Austin’s creative home. The Long Center provides performing artists and organizations in the Greater Austin region with facilities and services that foster excellence, encourage originality and promote collaboration. To broaden the appreciation and enhance enjoyment of the cultural arts, the Long Center connects diverse audiences to significant local, regional, national and international artists and performances in a world class venue.
For more information, visit the Austin Opera.