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! This March, LOLA is presenting our first commissioned opera, Lardo Weeping. We are thrilled to have Peter Stopschinski as composer for this opera based on a play by Terry Galloway. Liz Cass will play the role of Dinah LeFarge and Rebecca Herman will stage direct. Rounding out the Lardo Weeping team: sorprano Lindsey Pino, mezzo Veronica Williams, mezzo Bethany Ammon, cellist Nora Karakousoglou, and violinist Sonja Larson. Nate Wheatley will be joining us as Lighting Designer.
More LOLA News! La Femme Bohème is going on tour! That’s right, LOLA is going to sunny San Diego for the San Diego State University #Herstory Month: Women's Music, Diversity, and Leadership Conference 2019. Our performance is FREE and open to the public. Now you have one more reason to head West!
Kudos! LOLA’s La Clemenza di Tito: A Retelling was nominated for 3 Austin Critics Table Awards in the Opera/Concert category and in the singer category for Liz Cass and Carolyn Hoehle.
Since we sprang to life in 2014, LOLA has created 6 chamber opera experiences, over 30 concerts and events, completed 2.5 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.
Liz Cass is a producer, educator, arts leader, and active operatic performer. Ms. Cass is the originator of the mezzo role in Graham Reynold’s opera, Pancho Villa; From a Safe Distance for which she garnered an Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Singer. Other recent performance hightlights: “Mrs. Lowe” and “Dora” in The Manchurian Candidate by Kevin Puts with Austin Opera, The Brahms Alto Rhapsody with Chorus Austin, mezzo soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the Teatro Nationale and Casa Santo Domingo in Guatemala and Pancho Villa; From a Safe Distance with PuSh Festival in Vancouver, BC, and the Prototype Festival in NYC,
Ms. Cass is a founder and the Executive Producer of the award-winning LOLA, Local Opera Local Artists and serves as the Executive Director of the Armstrong Community Music School. Ms. Cass is originating the role of “Dinah LeFarge” in LOLA’s Lardo Weeping, by Peter Stopschinski and Terry Galloway.
Rebecca Herman enjoys directing and assistant directing at numerous companies around the United States. Upcoming engagements include directing Magic Bullets (Queen City Opera), and assistant directing La Finta giardiniera (Portland Opera). In 2018 she directed Tchaikovsky's Iolanta (Queen City Opera), returned to DMMO’s directing staff for a third summer, and directed Otello, a semi-staged concert (Austin Opera). Recently she directed We Might Be Struck By Lighting and La Clemenza di Tito: A Retelling (LOLA Austin). Other credits include directing Don Giovanni, and The Daughter of the Regiment (Austin Opera); assistant directing Turandot, The Magic Flute, and Rigoletto (Michigan Opera Theatre); and directing the very first all-female version of La Boheme aka. La Femme Boheme (LOLA Austin). Rebecca received an M.M. in Opera Direction (The University of Texas at Austin) and both a B.A. in English Literature and a B.M. in Opera/Vocal Studies (Lawrence University).