Tuesday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. | Studio A Concert Hall

LOLA presents the full concert premiere of the new chamber opera by composer Peter Stopschinski and playwright Terry Galloway with Mezzo Soprano Liz Cass as Dinah LeFarge. 

Lardo Weeping is a wonderful journey through the mind of recluse-genius Dinah LeFarge, a clever, intellectual, quite sexual woman of independent means who seldom ventures outside her apartment and refuses to answer her door unarmed. Dinah finds herself with only five dollars left to her name but claims to have "otherworldly resources" and hints at a miraculous transformation for her and her audience. Dinah takes us through her many ideas and schemes and through this storytelling we are introduced to many feminist icons including Emily Dickenson, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Emma Goldman, Ann Landers, and others. We are treated to stories about her past employment as a convenience store clerk, her food journaling, and Dinah’s ongoing obsession with the “Weekly World News”. This journey ends with Dinah literally tearing her body apart and putting it back together again further highlighting the stress and demands put on human and especially female bodies.


  • Dinah LeFarge - Liz Cass
  • Chorus – Jihee Han
  • Chorus – Julie Silva


  • Piano - Peter Stopschinski
  • Violin - Sonja Larson
  • Cello - Nora Karakousoglou


  • Composer - Peter Stopschinski 
  • Librettists - Terry Galloway & Donna Nudd 
  • Executive Producer - Liz Cass 
  • Artistic Producer - Rebecca Herman 
  • Stage Direction - Rebecca Herman 
  • Production Manager - Carli Kerr

Tuesday, August 17th at 7pm 

Studio A Concert Hall

This event is free, donations are welcome, reservations are required.

Recommended for adults 18 and older.



This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.


Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: FREE / Donation Suggested

Presenter Details

  • Name: LOLA
  • LOLA is committed to cultivating the future of opera by offering new approaches to this art form and classical singing. Our mission includes integrity to our approach to opera, to the Austin community, and to each other.  We stand with our Black colleagues and all who are working toward radical change, unity and justice. Our projects give artists unique and interesting outlets for their work, pull in diverse audiences, and propel opera out of the grand hall, flowing into the larger community.

Venue Details

  • Address: 6448 E Hwy 290, Suite D-102
  • City: Austin
  • State: Texas
  • Zip: 78723