Austin Lyric Opera
November 10th, 15th and 18th
The Long Center for the Performing Arts

     Austin Lyric Opera’s first season under new General Director Joseph Specter launches with the classic opera Pagliacci, Leoncavallo’s tragic tale of passion and betrayal.  Performances will run November 10th, 15th and 18th at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.
     World renowned tenor Carl Tanner returns to the Austin stage as “Canio” in the famously tragic play-within-a-play that tells the heartbreaking story of betrayal and jealousy in an Italian commedia dell’arte troupe.  Theater and reality collide in a dramatic climax of operatic proportions when Canio discovers his wife has eyes for another actor.   “Laugh, clown, at your broken love!” he exclaims in one of opera’s most legendary tenor arias.
     Performances are November 10the and 15th at 7:30 p.m., and November 18th at 3 p.m.  Tickets range from $19 to $200.
     Austin Lyric Opera also offers free pre-opera lectures one hour before every performance.  A guest speaker delivers a free 30-minute talk on the main floor of Dell Hall at The Long Center.  Seating is unreserved, and an opera ticket for that specific performance is required.  Doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of each lecture, which begins an hour before the performance begins.
    The Long Center is located at 701 West Riverside Drive, on the corner of Riverside and South First.  For more information and reservations, call (512) 472 5992 or 1 (800) OPERA-31, or visit www.AustinLyricOpera.org.
Carl Tanner as “Canio”
(Photo by Jim Scholz)
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