LIED WITH LOLA
NOVEMBER 30 | 6:00 P.M. | Draylen Mason Music Studio
For nearly 10 years LOLA has delighted audiences with unexpected opera experiences featuring home-town talent. We’re preparing this fall for an inspiring 2024 with world premier works the best way we know how: putting on a show!
Join us for Lied with LOLA, a musical journey exploring the depths of a watery realm centered on telling the story of Undina, our favorite ill-fated water spirit. The program features timeless classics along with modern gems and the new cantata, "Undina Speaks" by composer Keith Allegretti and librettist Amy Herman. Performances by a dazzling array of artists based in central Texas: Jill Grove, Icy Monroe, Julia Taylor, Scott Clark, Brad Baker, Jordan Walsh, Andrei Zimbalist, Chrissy Whitford, and Anthony Basini.
*LOLA's upcoming year will include a workshop of the new Spanish-language operetta, Un Cuento de Luces y Sombras by composer Carlos Cordero and librettist Germán Barboza, a world premier piece for Austin's new music mega-collab, Here Be Monsters, and the 3rd year of Outside Voices in collaboration with Waterloo Park!
6 - 7pm Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by the concert 7 - 8:30pm
- Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
- Time: 6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
- Venue: KMFA's Draylen Mason Music Studio
- Website: https://secure.givelively.org/event/lola-local-opera-local-artists/lied-with-lola-event-sponsorship/lied-with-lola
- Cost: $50.00
- Name: LOLA
LOLA's mission is to create innovative high-quality artistic experiences that eliminate barriers to connecting with the operatic artform, bringing artists and communities together.
LOLA commits to cultivating the future of opera by offering new approaches to this art form & classical singing & to propelling opera out of the grand hall & into the larger community at events in bars, parks, & small theaters. LOLA is particularly keen on giving Austin-based artists of all stripes unique & interesting outlets for their work that otherwise would not exist in the Austin cultural landscape. We work to ensure 70% of our cast and crew are female-identifying &/or from historically underrepresented communities (Latinx, Black and queer artists in particular.) Recent data tells us we reach diverse audiences & many who are new to Western classical vocal music. In 2022, we reached over 1,000 people through our programming at Waterloo Park, Mozarts, & our production of Lardo Weeping at CRASHBOX. Our audiences included people of all ages, families, & members of the LGBTQIA & BIPOC communities.
Instead of a formal season, we stay open to collaborating with arts organizations & artists & finding ways to support each other & center voices that are not traditionally uplifted in the opera community.
From LOLA’s first performance, we were already breaking from tradition by casting Puccini’s La Bohème with all treble voices. We intentionally set out to engage local singers of high quality as well as develop some new talent in the community. Organically we decided to tell this story through a queer lens of found family, young love, & heartbreak.
Our most recent production, Lardo Weeping a new chamber opera by composer Stopschinski & librettist Galloway, gives voice to Dinah LeFarge, a quite large, sexual, woman with 5 dollars in her bank account struggling to find meaning, hope, & laughter while living in her single room apartment. It is an exquisite meditation on finding beauty & value in unexpected places, biting criticism of fatphobia, & an unflinching look at an individual we all know but usually overlook for the easily digestible character.
- Address: 41 Navasota Street
- City: Austin
- State: Texas
- Zip: 78702