The Pagliacci Project
Austin Lyric Opera and UT Butler Opera Center
September 29th through October 20th
Venues throughout Central Texas
Austin Lyric Opera is partnering with Butler Opera Center at The University of Texas for "The Pagliacci Project," a new collaboration to bring opera to the streets. The partnership will culminate in numerous live performances of Act II from Leoncavallo's renowned opera, Pagliacci, in public venues in and around Austin, reaching audiences and communities new to opera.
Performed in English, with updated sets and costumes, "The Pagliacci Project" will take place in a variety of highly-visible locations - such as outdoor street festivals, an East Side bar, a popular shopping district and a UT football tailgate event for the Texas Exes. Performances will be free to the general public.
"This is a wonderful chance for us to give back to the community and share opera with a broad audience - in places they would least expect - at no cost," said Austin Lyric Opera General Director, Joseph Specter. "For many, it will be their first experience with the art form."
The project's reach will extend beyond Austin with performances in Georgetown, Bee Cave and more. In addition to creating a lasting connection with the greater Austin community, fostering an appreciation for opera and the arts, and allowing the Butler Opera Center and Austin Lyric Opera to engage new audiences in Central Texas, "The Pagliacci Project" will also raise public awareness for Austin Lyric Opera's fully-staged production of Pagliacci, being staged at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in November.
Current dates and locations for "The Pagliacci Project" performances are:
- Saturday, September 29th, at 12:30 p.m. at Central Market
North, 4001 North Lamar Blvd.
- Thursday, October 4th, at 3:30 p.m. at The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East MLK Jr. Blvd.
- Friday, October 5th, at 9 p.m. atCheer Up Charlie's, 1104 East 6th Street.
- Saturday, October 6th, (time TBD) at the Texas Exes Tailgate on the U.T. College of
Fine Arts Patio.
- Sunday, October 7th, at 2 p.m.
at the Hill Country Galleria,
12912 Hill Country Blvd. in
- Saturday, October 13th, at
2 p.m. at Georgetown Square,
710 Main Street in Georgetown.
- Sunday, October 14th at 3 p.m.
at Longhorn Village , 12501
- Friday, October 19th, at 6 p.m.
at Sun City Texas, 2 Texas
Drive in Georgetown.
- Saturday, October 20th, from
2 p.m. to 6 p.m at Twin Liquors
Hancock, 1000 East 41st Street.
Additional performances and surprise appearances will be announced soon.
The Austin Lyric Opera noted that the unique combination between a major university music program and an established opera company gives Austin Lyric Opera the ability to extend its reach into the community in a way it would be unable to do through its main stage season alone. "The Pagliacci Project" will also provide U.T. students with expanded performing experience and the opportunity to benefit from additional exposure to professional artists.
Seven U.T. students will earn college credit for their participation in "The Pagliacci Project," led by a stage director who is a U.T. Master's candidate. Musical leadership will be provided by the Austin Lyric Opera's artistic staff, with the lead tenor role of "Canio" to be performed by Jason Baldwin, a renowned professional tenor and established artist who has performed leading roles at top opera houses throughout the United States.
For more information and an updated calendar of events, visit www.AustinLyricOpera.org.
Carl Tanner as “Canio”
(Photo by Jim Scholz)
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