Aug
18
to Aug 27

We Might Be Struck By Lightning

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LOLA invites you to join us in August for a very special event. We Might Be Struck By Lightning is a choreographed chamber opera pastiche following two women on their personal journeys of love, loss, depression, and redemption. We Might Be Struck By Lightning takes the genre of classical “art song”, traditionally presented in a recital setting, and weaves it together with piano, violin, and cello to create a tapestry of storytelling that is further elevated through dance and movement. Music by Fauré, Schumann, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and more!

Stage direction and concept creation by Rebecca Herman. Singers Claudia Chapa and Cristina Maria Castro with dancers Clay Moore, Mari Akita, Sarah Annie Navarrete, and Erica Gionfriddo bring the shows themes to life. Music direction by Peter Stopschinski with orchestral collaboration from Sonja Larson and Nora Karakousoglou. Choreography by Rebecca Whitehurst and lighting by Natalie George. Costume design by Emily Cawood, makeup and hair design by Wendy Michaels Sanders, stage management by Carli Werner, and carpentry work by Zac Crofford.

Tickets are $10-$30 for all performances except August 20th which includes a FREE option. Approximate running time is 1 hour and 45 minutes with one intermission. This opera explores mature themes. Please use your discretion when bringing young children.

We look forward to sharing this experience with you, the Austin community, and those brave enough to visit our fine town in late August. Thank you as always for your support and enthusiasm!This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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We Might Be Struck By Lightning will run August 18, 19, 25, and 26 from 7 - 9 pm and August 20 and 27 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm.  All performances will be at the Mexican American Cultural Center.  This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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Jul
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

LOLA at 4th Tap, the LOLA 3rd Bday Jam! - Liz Cass and Graham Yates Present "Cabaret Night II"

That's right LOLA is turning 3 this summer AND we're bringing back some more of the beautiful, bawdy, blissful boisterousness by Bolcom, Bizet, Brown, Barber, and Yates. Graham Yates and Liz Cass will throw down LOLA style. Tickets are just $10 and kids get in for FREE. We do encourage you to give more if you are able. It's LOLA's big 3 after all! Come share in the magic times.

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May
29
3:30pm 3:30pm

Golden Hornet and LOLA Present Fitzcarraldo Epic Memorial Day Boat Party!

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Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory and LOLA (Local Opera Local Artists) invite you to attend an epic Memorial Day FITZCARRALDO Boat Party. The afternoon begins at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz for a surreal screening of Werner Herzog's beloved FITZCARRALDO. The evening then continues with an unforgettable operatic voyage on scenic Lady Bird Lake. Enjoy the beautiful evening featuring the fine professional artists from Austin's hottest new opera company. Arias, duets, trios, quartets... all for you and anyone who happens to be on the banks of Lady Bird Lake! 

Refreshments on the evening boat ride will be provided courtesy of Easy Tiger and Antonelli's Cheese Shop.

https://drafthouse.com/austin/show/fitzcarraldo-boat-party

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May
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

La Femme Bohème In Concert!

The LOLA at 4th Tap Series is about to celebrate its 1st full year of monthly concerts. We invite you to celebrate with us by honoring our roots and our new friendships with La Femme Bohème in concert! That's right, we are getting the gang together again to present the original all female version of Puccini's classic opera in concert and at a brewery. Seats will be limited to just 70, so get them before they are gone.  Tickets are $15 a piece. Hope to see you there!

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Apr
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

LOLA Presents Liz Cass and Sophia Zey in Concert

LOLA, Local Opera Local Artists Presents:

House Concert featuring Liz Cass and Sophia Zey

Join us for an afternoon of music from Bizet to Fauré and Bob Dylan to Poison. An eclectic mix of some of the greatest music ever written in the intimate setting of a beautiful private home in Kansas City. For information and to inquire about reservations, please email localopera@gmail.com or call 512.516.7967.

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Mar
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

LOLA at 4th Tap

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Spring is here and to celebrate Early style we have got soprano Meredith Ruduski and lutist Scott Horton.They will be performing music from before the time of Mozart! Tickets are just $10 and that gets you happy hour prices on super tasty craft beer all night long plus kids get in for FREE.

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Jan
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

LOLA at 4th Tap

LOLA and 4th Tap Brewery continue this exciting concert series with an Austin-proud line up of musical artists. The first concert of 2017 will take place on January 26th @ 8 pm and will feature baritone Tim O'Brien with pianist Chien-Lin Lu and flautist Seetha Shivaswamy. The spotlight piece of the evening will be a short one-man opera written by Kathryn Mishell titled “Have a Good Day!”. 

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Dec
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

LOLA at 4th Tap

The LOLA at 4th Tap Holiday Spectacular is here and it's better than ever...because it's the first time we've done it. Looking for something to dazzle your holiday guests? Try operatic delights performed by some of Austin's finest and even a few special guests from outside our home town. Performances by Nora Karakousoglou, Sonja Larson, Liz Cass, Julia Taylor, Emily Breedlove, Claudia Chapa, Arnold Yzaguirre, Cindy Sadler, Lauren Arthur White, Kyle Naig, and more! A $10 ticket gets you dollar off craft beers made on site and kids get in for free. LOLA is there for you when you need it most. Happy Holidays!

The LOLA at 4th Tap Holiday Spectacular is here and it's better than ever...because it's the first time we've done it. Looking for something to dazzle your holiday guests? Try operatic delights performed by some of Austin's finest and even a few special guests from outside our home town. Performances by Nora Karakousoglou, Sonja Larson, Liz Cass, Julia Taylor, Emily Breedlove, Claudia Chapa, Arnold Yzaguirre, Cindy Sadler, Lauren Arthur White, Kyle Naig, and more! A $10 ticket gets you dollar off craft beers made on site and kids get in for free. LOLA is there for you when you need it most. Happy Holidays!

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Aug
28
2:00pm 2:00pm

LOLA's 2nd Birthday Jam

LOLA is entering her terrible twos and we are going to savor this moment with more music, more innovation, and more collaboration! We have much to celebrate: LOLA’s critically acclaimed first production, La Femme Bohème, premiered June 21st of 2014 and was remounted with chamber orchestra in February of 2016. Both productions played for sold out houses per each performance.  Our new concert series, LOLA at 4th Tap has opened to much success and will continue each month for the foreseeable future. In our first two years, LOLA has raised over $57,000, produced three exciting operas in bar settings, begun a concert series/residency with 4th Tap Brewing Coop,  has become an independent 501c3 non-profit corporation, was able to contribute $300 a piece to two crucially important organizations in Austin; SafePlace, the domestic violence shelter and the Veteran’s Guitar Project.  We are in the process of designing two brand new shows: Rebecca Herman is creating a large pastiche work of art song involving singers, dancers, and projection art work, and a commission is under way for a new chamber opera written and scored by Peter Stopschinski and Kirk Lynn. We have much to celebrate on reflection of a successful first two years and are looking forward to our future. Doors will open at 1pm on August 28th.  La Femme Bohème will be screening before and after our featured concert. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the venue and Hey Cupcake cupcakes will be available for FREE.  Guests will be encouraged to find a good seat for the show that will begin at 2pm and run until 4pm.  LOLA's Liz Cass and Rebecca Herman will be on hand to introduce this afternoon of stars!  Performers and presenters: Liz Cass, Rebecca Herman, Cynthia Wilson Smith, Luz Sarmiento, Ivan Paez, Sonja Larson, Nora Karakousoglou, Emily Breedlove, Julia Taylor, Lisa Alexander, Lauren White Arthur, Sarah Fleming Walker, Katherine Altobello, Paul Sanchez, Phillip Hill, Maria Cook, and Abigail Jackson.

LOLA is entering her terrible twos and we are going to savor this moment with more music, more innovation, and more collaboration! We have much to celebrate: LOLA’s critically acclaimed first production, La Femme Bohème, premiered June 21st of 2014 and was remounted with chamber orchestra in February of 2016. Both productions played for sold out houses per each performance.  Our new concert series, LOLA at 4th Tap has opened to much success and will continue each month for the foreseeable future. In our first two years, LOLA has raised over $57,000, produced three exciting operas in bar settings, begun a concert series/residency with 4th Tap Brewing Coop,  has become an independent 501c3 non-profit corporation, was able to contribute $300 a piece to two crucially important organizations in Austin; SafePlace, the domestic violence shelter and the Veteran’s Guitar Project.  We are in the process of designing two brand new shows: Rebecca Herman is creating a large pastiche work of art song involving singers, dancers, and projection art work, and a commission is under way for a new chamber opera written and scored by Peter Stopschinski and Kirk Lynn. We have much to celebrate on reflection of a successful first two years and are looking forward to our future.

Doors will open at 1pm on August 28th.  La Femme Bohème will be screening before and after our featured concert. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the venue and Hey Cupcake cupcakes will be available for FREE.  Guests will be encouraged to find a good seat for the show that will begin at 2pm and run until 4pm.  LOLA's Liz Cass and Rebecca Herman will be on hand to introduce this afternoon of stars!  Performers and presenters: Liz Cass, Rebecca Herman, Cynthia Wilson Smith, Luz Sarmiento, Ivan Paez, Sonja Larson, Nora Karakousoglou, Emily Breedlove, Julia Taylor, Lisa Alexander, Lauren White Arthur, Sarah Fleming Walker, Katherine Altobello, Paul Sanchez, Phillip Hill, Maria Cook, and Abigail Jackson.

Tickets available for $20 through our tickets and donations page.

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Aug
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

LOLA at 4th Tap

Aw yeah, that's right! We are rounding out the LOLA at 4th Tap summer concerts with a feast for your earballs! Liz Cass and Graham Yates will be presenting luscious songs by Debussy, cabaret magic by William Bolcom, and heart-wrenching/hilarity by Jason Robert Brown plus more! Tickets are a cool $10 and that includes dollar-off beers plus air conditioning. See your gorgeous faces there! Kids get in for free.

Tickets available for $10 through our tickets and donations page.

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Jun
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

LOLA at 4th Tap

Schumann, Stopschinski, Verdi, Fauré - Join us for an evening of killer music by some of the greatest living and formerly living composers! Event is held at North Austin's literally coolest (climate controlled) 4th Tap Brewery 10615 Metric Blvd 78758. Tickets are a chill $10.

Tickets available through our Tickets and Donations page.

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Feb
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

La Femme Bohème

LOLA has created a special Valentine for you...La Femme Bohème is the original all-female version of Puccini's classic opera. 

Shows are Friday, Feb 12th @7:30/ doors @6:30, Saturday, Feb 13th @7:30/ doors @6:30, and Sunday, Feb 14th @3pm/ doors @2pm at the North Door. Purchase your tickets online for $15 throughhttp://www.ndvenue.com/. Tickets will be $20 at the door. 

La Femme Bohème celebrates the Bohemian lifestyle, with all the passion, romance, and heartache that nourish the artistic soul. One of the strengths of La Bohème is that it demonstrates the importance of friendship and the families that you choose, coming together through the good times and the bad. 

"In a world where females are often pitted against one another as rivals and queer relationships are still taboo and marginalized, this production is a chance to show audiences something different. We get to celebrate women, genders outside the standard dichotomy, and how families of choice can become just as strong as blood ties. These characters and their stories are timeless; and though we are presenting them in a new way, everyone can identify with falling in love for the first time, the frustrations of an unfaithful lover, the agony of losing a loved one, and the great joy of living life to the fullest." - Rebecca Herman, Stage Director of La Femme Bohème

Our cast, crew, and orchestra are made up of some of Austin's finest human beings and arts professionals:

Cast:
Rodolfo -Emily Breedlove
Mimi - Julia Taylor
Marcello - Liz Cass
Musetta - Amelia Love
Colline - Lisa Alexander
Schaunard - Katherine Altobello
Benoit/Donna - Lauren White Arthur
Alcindoro - Sarah Fleming Walker
Café Momus Waiter - Catherine Lewis

Orchestra:
Music Director, Arranger, Conductor - Chuck Dillard
Pianist - Cynthia Wilson
Clarinet - Luz Sarmiento
Violin - Sonja Larson
Cello - Nora Karakousoglou

Production Team:
LOLA Executive Producer - Liz Cass
LOLA Artistic Producer - Rebecca Herman
LOLA Intern - Maria Cook
Stage Director - Rebecca Herman
Stage Manager - Jessie Douglas
Lighting Design and Operation - Kandrea Wade
Wig and Makeup Design - Wendy Sanders
Wardrobe Design - Courtney Tellman
Graphic Design - Jeannie Lozano
Super Titles Operator - Carolina Cass
Photographer - Roy Moore

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Aug
22
2:30pm 2:30pm

LOLA Auditions

LOLA Announces General Auditions

LOLA - Local Opera Local Artists will hold general auditions on August 21st from 4-8 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church at 15th and Rio Grande. http://saintmartins.org/ and on August 22nd from 2:30-5:30 at the Armstrong Community Music School 404 Camp Craft Road Austin, TX 78746 http://acmsaustin.org/.

Interested singers should email localopera@gmail.com and put "Audition" in the subject line.  In your audition request email, let us know three different times that might work for you on August 21st between 4-8 and August 22nd between 2:30-4:30.  We will do our very best to accomodate you.

Audtitioning singers should prepare 4-5 operatic arias representing at least 3 languages which must include Italian and English.  A pianist will be provided free of charge, but singers may choose to bring their own pianist.  Singers should bring a headshot and resumé.  Please arrive early as there will be a short informational form to be filled out by each singer.

We look forward to hearing you sing!

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Aug
21
4:00pm 4:00pm

LOLA Auditions

LOLA Announces General Auditions

LOLA - Local Opera Local Artists will hold general auditions on August 21st from 4-8 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church at 15th and Rio Grande. http://saintmartins.org/ and on August 22nd from 2:30-5:30 at the Armstrong Community Music School 404 Camp Craft Road Austin, TX 78746 http://acmsaustin.org/.

Interested singers should email localopera@gmail.com and put "Audition" in the subject line.  In your audition request email, let us know three different times that might work for you on August 21st between 4-8 and August 22nd between 2:30-4:30.  We will do our very best to accomodate you.

Audtitioning singers should prepare 4-5 operatic arias representing at least 3 languages which must include Italian and English.  A pianist will be provided free of charge, but singers may choose to bring their own pianist.  Singers should bring a headshot and resumé.  Please arrive early as there will be a short informational form to be filled out by each singer.

We look forward to hearing you sing!

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Jul
12
2:00pm 2:00pm

LOLA's First Birthday Jam!

LOLA turns 1!  Come on out and help us celebrate our first year of a successful existence with singing, cake, and more  It will be the party of the summer!  Doors open at 2pm and music starts at 3pm.  

Get your tickets by contributing $25 or more directly to LOLA by clicking the DONATE button below.

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Tickets are also available for $10 plus a $3 service fee through the North Door's website ndvenue.com

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Jun
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Austin Critics Table Awards

LOLA's production of La Femme Bohème has been nominated for The Austin Critics Table Awards for Best Chamber Production.  Julia Taylor and Emily Breedlove are also nominated for Best Singer for their portrayals of Mimi and Rodolfo in La Femme Bohème.

http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/arts/2015-05-20/art-par-exellence/

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