Alexandra Loutsion, Elena Villalón, Russell Thomas, Sean Panikkar, John Moore Headline Austin Opera’s 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

Austin Opera has announced its 2021-22 season which includes two productions and a deep dive into an iconic work by one of the greatest composers of all time.

“Our next season reinforces the new identity of Austin Opera—we are programming a beautiful production of one of the most beloved and classic operas of all time, premiering a new production of an acclaimed contemporary opera that is particularly relevant to our tech-driven city, and we take a deep dive into a timeless masterpiece with modern political relevance by offering it through both traditional performance means and cutting-edge technology,” said Annie Burridge, General Director & CEO of Austin Opera, in a press release. “This new season will be a welcome return to normal for our loyal subscribers and attendees who expect their hometown company to continue to break new ground in opera, and it will serve as a beacon for new audiences to discover why Austin Opera is a vital part of Austin’s renowned live music scene.”

First up will be Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” in a production by E. Loren Meeker. Timothy Myers conducts a cast that includes Christian Zaremba, Elena Villalón, Caitlin Lynch, Lindsay Metzger, Matthew Treviño, Alissa Anderson, and Kathryn Grumley.

Performance Dates: Nov. 6-14, 2021

Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” will star John Moore, Sarah Larsen, Bille Bruley, Wei Wu, and Madison Leonard. Timothy Myers conducts the production by Tomer Zvulun.

Performance Dates: Feb. 3-6, 2022

The season draws to a close with a two-part celebration of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” First up will be a celebratory Gala production starring Sean Panikkar, Musa Ngqungwana, Vanessa Becerra, and Alexandra Loutsion in the role of Leonora. Timothy Myers conducts.

Performance Dates: April 29 & May 1, 2022 

Finally, the company will present “Beethoven in Virtual Reality – Fidelio” in association with Washington National Opera. The VR experience will feature Tamara Wilson, Russell Thomas, the Washington National Opera, Evan Rogister, and Francesca Zambello.

Performance Dates: Fall 2021