LOLA at 4th Tap - LOLA kicks off a monthly concert series featuring mezzo soprano, Liz Cass and pianist/composer, Peter Stopschinski June 30th, 2016

 

LOLA is pleased to announce the beginning of a monthly concert series to take place one Thursday a month at the 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative in North Austin. Each concert will feature some of Austin’s finest talents with a focus on classical vocal music.

The premier concert will take place on June 30th @ 8 pm and will feature mezzo-soprano and LOLA executive director, Liz Cass and one of Austin’s premier composers, pianists, and musical directors, Peter Stopshchinski.  The program will include music of Verdi, Schumann, Fauré, and Stopschinski himself. Following concerts will take place on July 21st featuring soprano Sara Ann Mitchell, mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa, and pianist Chuck Dillard. And on August 25th featuring Liz Cass and pianist Graham Yates performing the music of William Bolcom and Jason Robert Brown.

Tickets are $10 and will include a token for $1 off beers on the performance evenings. Tokens will be handed out at the door on the evening of the event.

La Femme Bohème, the original all female version of Puccini's classic opera February 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2016 at the North Door in Austin, TX

LOLA’s second production of La Femme Bohème celebrates the Bohemian lifestyle, with all of the passion, romance, and heartache that nourish the artistic soul. La Femme Bohème is the original all-female version of Puccini’s classic opera, La Bohème. One of the many strengths of La Femme Bohème is the focus
on the importance of friendship and the families that you choose, coming together through the good times and the bad. This 2016 version of La Femme Bohème has grown to include professional lighting design provided by Austin’s own Kandrea Wade and a four-piece chamber ensemble arranged by La Femme Bohème’s Maestro,
Chuck Dillard. Both the lighting and orchestra add layers of color and texture to deepen the experience. “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 and Artistic Producer, LOLA.

Cast And Production Team:
Marcello: Liz Cass
Rodolfo: Emily Breedlove
Colline: Lisa Alexander
Schaunard: Katherine Altobello
Benoit/Buona Donna: Lauren Arthur White
Alcindoro: Sarah Fleming Walker
Mimi: Julia Taylor
Musetta: Amelia Ciskey
Waiter at Café Momus: Catherine Lewis
Conductor/Orchestral Arranger: Dr. Chuck Dillard
Stage Director: Rebecca Herman
Lighting Design: Kandrea Wade
Stage Manager: Jessie Douglas
Pianist: Cynthia Wilson
Violinist: Sonja Larson
Cellist: Nora Karakasoglou
Clarinetist: Luz Sermiento
Costume Designers: Rebecca Herman and Courtney Tellman
Wig and Makeup Design: Wendy Sanders
English Captions: Michael Chadwick
Supertitle operator: Carolina Cass
Graphic Designer: Jeannie Lozano
Photographer: Roy Moore

 

 

LOLA's 1st Birthday Jam July 12th, 2015 at the North Door in Austin, TX

LOLA’s 1st Birthday Jam is the beginning of a celebratory tradition.  LOLA’s critically acclaimed first production, La Femme Bohème, premiered June 21st of 2014.  In LOLA’s first year of existence, it has raised over $30,000, produced two exciting opera’s in a bar setting, has built a business, and 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 have much to celebrate on reflection of a successful first year and are looking forward to our future.

Doors will open at 2pm on July 12th.  Food and drink will be available for purchase at the venue and cupcakes will be complimentary.  Guests will be encouraged to find a good seat for the show that will begin at 3pm and run until 5pm.  LOLA's Liz Cass and Rebecca Herman will be on hand to introduce this afternoon of stars.  There will be cake, there will be swag, and there will be exciting announcements. In short, we will blow your minds with operatic delights!

Performers:

 

Liz Cass – LOLA Executive Producer, mezzo
Rebecca Herman - LOLA Artistic Producer
Chuck Dillard, pianist
Cynthia Wilson, pianist
Julia Taylor, soprano
Paul Sanchez, tenor
Phillip Hill, baritone
Amelia Love, soprano

Lauren Arthur White, soprano
Peter Stopschinski, pianist and composer
Amy Hackerd, soprano
Eric Roach, guitarist
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Cara Johnston, soprano
Katherine Altobello, mezzo
Tim O’Brien, baritone

Cabaret de Carmen - a condensed cabaret version of Georges Bizet's classic opera, Carmen.  February 13, 14, and 15, 2015 at The North Door Austin, Texas.  

Cabaret de Carmen brings you face to face with Georges Bizet's classic opera, Carmen in one of Austin’s most dynamic performance spaces, The North Door. Originally conceived by GLOW Lyric Theatre in South Carolina, Cabaret de Carmen is a one-act opera. This condensed version makes the action more sultry, more intense, and in many ways, more impactful. It connects the audience with the beauty of Bizet's music and the fire of raw human emotion. The story of Carmen takes us on a journey of love, independence, longing, and ultimately suffering.

As we look at this classic work with modern eyes, it cannot be ignored that themes of domestic violence and perhaps even PTSD are expressed in this storyline. That is why 75% of the contributions raised beyond our budget goal combined with ticket sales will be donated to SafePlace, the domestic violence shelter and to the Veteran's Guitar Project here in Austin, Texas.

Cast and Crew:

Liz Cass - Executive Producer/Carmen

Rebecca Herman - Artistic Producer/Stage Director

Hugo Vera - Don Jose

Julia Taylor - Micaela

Tim O'Brien - Escamillo

Cynthia Wilson - Piano

Lisa Filemyr - Stage Manager

Jeannie Lozano - Graphic Design  

Supertitle operator: Carolina Cass

*Austin Critics' Table Award-Winning La Femme Bohème® - The first ever all female version of Puccini's classic opera, La Bohème.  Premiered June 21, 2014 at the North Door in Austin, Texas

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 its demonstration of the importance of friendship and the families that you choose coming through good times and bad.

In a world where females are often pitted against one another as rivals and lesbian and transgender relationships are still taboo and marginalized, this production shows audiences something unique. We celebrate women, genders outside the standard dichotomy, and how families of choice can become 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

Music has the power to transcend boundaries of all kinds. This production gives us the opportunity to reach past social taboos and misconceptions. We will go straight to the heart and the core of human relationships. Even in 2014, gender identification outside of a traditional sense rattles our society. Through the timeless music of Puccini, we will strive to dissolve barriers that can keep us from experiencing love and friendships for what they truly are

The La Femme Bohème cast and production team are made up of exceptional professional local talent. Musical Director Dr. Chuck Dillard and Stage Director Rebecca Herman lead this incredible cast. Our one-woman orchestra is pianist Cynthia Wilson. The poet Rodolfo is played by Emily Breedlove. Her love and our heroine, Mimi, is played by Julia Taylor. Wily Musetta is sung by Amelia Ciskey and her on again off again love interest, the painter Marcello, is played by Liz Cass. The philosopher Colline is played by Lisa Alexander and our musician, Schaunard, is sung by Amy Hackerd. The roles of the landlord Benoit and the “sugar daddy” Alcindoro will be played by Cynthia Dyre-Moellenhoff. Our waiter at café Momus will be Catherine Lewis. Stage Manager Lisa Filemyr will keep it all together.  

Artists:

Marcello: Liz Cass

Rodolfo: Emily Breedlove

Colline: Lisa Alexander

Schaunard: Amy Hackerd

Benoit/Alcindoro: Cynthia Dyre-Moellenhoff

Mimi: Julia Taylor

Musetta: Amelia Ciskey

Waiter at Café Momus: Catherine Lewis

Conductor: Dr. Chuck Dillard

Director: Rebecca Herman

Orchestra/Pianist: Cynthia Wilson

Stage Manager: Lisa Filemyr

Costume Designers: Rebecca Herman and Courtney Tellman

English Captions: Michael Chadwick

Supertitle operator: Carolina Cass

Graphic Designer: Jeannie Lozano

*La Femme Bohème was nominated for a won 3 Austin Critics' Table Awards on June 1, 2015: Best Chamber Performance, Best Singer - Emily Breedlove, Best Singer - Julia Taylor.