Cecilia Violetta Lopez, Michael Chioldi, Kang Wang Headline Austin Opera’s 2019-20 Season

By David Salazar

The Austin Opera has announced its 2019-20 season which will include a new opera and two classics of the standard repertory. 

“Next season continues the excellence that our audiences have come to expect—pairing beautiful productions of classic works with the thought-provoking voices of the new masters of 21st-century opera,” said Annie Buridge, General Director & CEO of Austin Opera in a press release.  “Together with the outstanding contribution of our orchestra and chorus, the 2019-2020 season is full of thrilling drama and memorable musical moments worthy of Austin’s reputation for having the best live music in the world.”

The season kicks off with Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” which will star Michael Chioldi in the title role, Kang Wang as the Duca and Madison Leonard as Gilda. Peter Volpe and Allegra de Vita round out the cast. Robin Wood conducts. 

Performance Dates: Nov. 9,14, 17, 2019

Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s “Everest” will makes its Austin premiere with Craig Verm, Kevin Burdette, Heather Johnson, Andrew Bidlack, and Matthew Trevino. Leonard Foglia directs and Joseph Mechavich conducts. 

Performance Dates: Jan. 23, 25, 26, 2020

Finally, Puccini’s “Turandot” takes centerstage to close out the season with Alexandra Loutsion in the title role, Cecilia Violetta Lopez as Liù, and Jonathan Burton as Calaf. Timothy Myers conducts. 


Performance Dates: April 25, 30, May 3, 2020