LOLA is committed to cultivating the future of opera by offering new approaches to experiencing this particular musical genre and type of singing. Our focus is on integrity in our approach to this art form, to the Austin community, and to each other.
LOLA News! Our recent opera, La Clemenza di Tito: A Retelling has been nominated for 3 Austin Critics Table Awards in the Opera/Concert category and in the singer category for Liz Cass and Carolyn Hoehle.
Upcoming! In the spring of 2019, LOLA will present our first commissioned opera, "Lardo Weeping". We are thrilled to have Peter Stopschinski writing this opera based on a play by Terry Galloway.
Since we sprang to life in 2014, LOLA has created 5 chamber opera experiences, over 25 concerts and events, completed 2 full seasons of the popular "LOLA at 4th Tap" concert series, and we have created work for over 75 artists!
LOLA is born: In the summer of 2014, LOLA was created by professional opera singer, arts administrator, and long-time Austin resident Liz Cass and opera director and Austin resident, Rebecca Herman with the idea of creating an all-female production of Puccini’s classic opera, La Bohème. They called this production La Femme Bohème. Liz and Rebecca assembled a team of highly skilled local talent and a show was born. La Femme Bohème opened to sold out houses. This production won 3 Austin Critics Table Awards.
Part of the LOLA mission is to meet people where they are and introduce them to opera. Our productions have attracted longtime opera aficionados and a large number of people having their first experience with the art form. In the Austin community and the world at large, it is very easy to go our respective ways and encounter not only our limited daily existence but also only those who exist in it. As an immediate and global community, It is vital for people from all walks of life to sit in a room and have a larger shared experience together.