Thursday, December 14, 2017

Austin Opera presents Floyd’s OF MICE AND MEN

Austin Opera continues its long-standing commitment to American and English-language opera with Carlisle Floyd’s operatic rendition of John Steinbeck’s iconic novella, Of Mice and Men, foundational support provided by the Georgia B. Lucas Foundation.

Based on John Steinbeck’s novella “Of Mice and Men,” this riveting American opera is a faithful retelling of one of America’s most celebrated works of literature. Carlisle Floyd vividly captures the lives of the characters, the feel of the era, the bunkhouse, the depressed economy, and Lennie’s tragic story.

Stage director Kristine McIntyre, known for her visually stunning and emotionally rich productions, has directed more than 50 operas throughout the United States at The Metropolitan Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Arizona Opera, Dallas Opera, and many others. McIntyre’s “canny ability to meld visual and musical elements” will seamlessly allow Floyd’s score and libretto full voice to clearly communicate the work’s central theme — that personal relationship, however tenuous, is far superior to solitary existence.

Of Mice and Men features the Austin Opera Chorus and the Austin Opera Orchestra and is presented in three acts, sung in English with lyrics projected above the stage.

Austin Opera will present three performances of Floyd’s Of Mice & Men Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3 PM. Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.austinopera.org or through the 3M Box Office at the Long Center by phone at 512-474-LONG (5664) or in-person at 701 Riverside Drive. .

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