February 4, 2023

Austin Opera heads back to the Long Center next season, and tries out Virtual Reality on Beethoven


Austin Opera inventively weathered the pandemic. The company co-produced made-for-film short operas and screened them at Blue Starlite’s alt drive-in locations. And just a weeks, Austin Opera staged a polished, exuberant and beautifully-sung live production of Tosca at, of all places, the amphitheatre at the Circuit of the Americas F! racetrack.

For its 2021-2022 season, the company has announced that it will return to its usual venue, the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Austin Opera will begin its season with Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” running Nov. 6-14. On Feb. 3-6, 2022, it’s “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” a one-act opera by Mason Bates and Mark Campbell that follows 19 of the most significant moments in the Apple founder’s life and career. Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” also billed as a “A Celebratory Gala,” will run April 29-May, 2022.

However Austin Opera does have one inventive adventure to offer. Through an association with Washington National Opera, it will present “Beethoven in Virtual Reality: Fidelio,” a multisensory experience that brings scenes from Beethoven’s only opera to live. It will be offered on special VR headsets at site-specific installations throughout the season, with more details to com.



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