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.
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 success was followed by a second production, Cabaret de Carmen, a one-act three-person take on Bizet’s Carmen, in February of 2015, this time to 3 sold out houses. Surplus funds from donations and ticket sales of this production were enough to allow LOLA to donate back to carefully chosen local non-profits, Safeplace and Veteran’s Guitar Project, which had thematic ties to our production. LOLA has been the recipient of several awards, including three Austin Critic’s Table awards (La Femme Bohème) and the Critic’s Pick for "Best Reason to Raise Your Voice" (Austin Chronicle, 2015). In July, LOLA celebrated its first birthday with a party featuring over a dozen of Austin’s brightest operatic talent at the North Door.
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.