Monday, August 5, 2013

Asheville Lyric Opera announces 15th Anniversary Season

The Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) is pleased to announce its 15th season for 2013-2014 which will feature two main stage events, a winter gala, and additional supporting programs throughout western North Carolina. 

Two Productions
I Pagliacci/Suor Angelica (October 4 & 5, 2013 –8pm)
This operatic double bill combines comedy, tragedy, and redemption all in one night. I Paliacci, the tragic story of a roaming band of performers begins this evening of one act operas. Suor Angelica, the story of a disgraced nun who finds salvation through unspeakable tragedy, immediately follows I Pagliacci. ALO favorites, Dr. Jon Truitt (director) and Daniel Meyer (conductor) return to craft this double bill.

Don Giovanni (April 4 & 5, 2014 -8pm)
One of Mozart’s darkest operas, Don Giovanni retells the story of the fabled character, Don Juan. This story of insatiable lust will shock and satisfy audiences of all types.  Baritone Galen Scott Bower, last seen as Baron Scarpia in ALO’s production of the opera Tosca, returns to play the title role of Don Giovanni. Conductor and Artistic Director of Union Avenue Opera, Scott Schoonover, returns to conduct.

Taste of Opera (January 25, 2014)
ALO’s annual fundraiser, The Taste of Opera, returns this year in the form of a winter gala at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center. The evening will feature an operatic cabaret performed over local bites. This year we offer two tiers of seating: Section 1 reserved table seating at $125 and section 2 reserved table seating at $75. Tickets can be purchased through the opera office by calling 828-236-0670. A downloadable order form will also be made available through our website, Online tickets sales begin December 2, 2013.
*Specific time has yet to be set. Future press release will confirm time.

Staff Changes
ALO also welcomes new Chorus Master, Andrew Hiler.  Hiler’s work with choirs has led to their travels as far as Beijing and Shanghai, China and to over half of the states across the US including such cities as Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, DC, Boston, Albuquerque and Cincinnati . He has performed with and directed such ensembles as Cincinnati’s May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Chorus, Cincinnati Symphony Chorus, Cincinnati Boy’s Choir, Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Phoenix Children’s Chorus, Singing Men of Ohio, and the St. Olaf Choir. . Andrew completed both his undergraduate and graduate work at Ohio University in choral conducting and is certified in Orff.

Opportunities for Community

The preview dress rehearsal, Pagliacci & Suor Angelica (Oct. 3, 2013) and Don Giovanni (April 3, 2014), offers 200 free tickets to student groups of 10 or more. All K-12 age students are eligible for these tickets.  To reserve preview dress tickets contact the opera office at 828-236-0670 or email Office Manager Adam Bowers at

In addition to ALO’s two main stage events, the ALO continues to sponsor and support the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD movie broadcasts, shown at the The Carolina (Cinema) on Hendersonville Road. Highlighting its season are the Met’s new productions of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Verdi’s Falstaff, Borodin’s Prince Igor.

Contact Information
Tickets to all productions are sold solely through Diana Wortham Theatre box office at (828) 257-4530, July 30, 2013. (

Tickets to all special events can be purchased by calling the Asheville Lyric Opera offices at 828-236-0670 or by visiting

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