2022-2023 Season, Austin Opera: The Barber of Seville by Rossini, Sweeney Todd by Sondheim, The Pearl Fishers by Bizet


2022-2023 Long Center Season Announcement! 

Join Austin Opera at the Long Center for a 2022-2023 Season packed with thrilling voices, spectacular theater, and glorious music. In other words, opera at its very best, featuring three fully-staged operas, a world-class slate of in-demand superstars, and an amazing series of “firsts". 

November 5 – November 13, 2022

Packed with all the essential components of the best comic operas, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is a witty tale of bribery, deception, disguise, and of course, forbidden love.

With a cast packed with exceptional singers including Austin-born soprano Lauren Snouffer as Rosina, and featuring Stephanie Rhodes Russell, the first female conductor to grace Austin Opera’s podium in more than two decades, The Barber of Seville is a highly entertaining show which will delight audiences of all ages.

January 28 – February 5, 2023

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd . . . the dark and brooding, yet sharply comic, story of love, revenge, and meat pies. The first presentation of a Stephen Sondheim musical in Austin Opera history is not only a multiple-Tony-Award-winning musical, but one that The Washington Post critic Anne Midgette calls, “the great American opera of the late 20th century.”

An amazing cast including Kevin Burdette as Sweeney and Austin favorite Mela Dailey as Mrs. Lovett will be led by Timothy Myers, bringing to life (and to death) the violent underbelly of 19th century London at the Long Center. A perfect outing for opera and musical theater fans alike.

January 28 – February 5, 2023

For the first time, Austin Opera will present Bizet’s luscious opera, The Pearl Fishers, a heart-rending struggle to the death between friendship and love on a tropical island. 

Vibrantly designed by acclaimed British 60s-wild-child fashion designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes, and conducted by Austin Opera’s Timothy Myers, this poignantly moving production will transport audiences to the vividly lush jungles, soaring palms, and scorched golden sands of Ceylon. We are thrilled to welcome debuts from San-Antonio native and international star, tenor David Portillo as Nadir and Metropolitan Opera sensation, baritone Will Liverman's Zurga. The stunning soprano Madison Leonardreturns to shine as Leïla.

Watch out in the coming months for further news about Austin Opera’s 2022-2023 Season as it extends far beyond the Long Center, including more company “firsts.”