A blog about Austin’s arts scene with news, reviews and recommended happenings.

Music review: Austin Opera’s The Flying Dutchman

10:53 am Nov. 19, 2016

Enter the “Flying Dutchman,” a sea captain cursed after making an ill-advised deal with Satan, who is forced to wander the seven seas, returning home only once every seven years — and then, only to look for a sympathetic woman who will fall in love with him and break the Dutchman’s bondage.

If it sounds complicated, the plot in practice couldn’t be simpler. Few of the operatic conventions; the

Austin Opera names new general director

12:21 pm Oct. 24, 2016

Austin Opera announced today that it has named Annie Burridge as its general director. Burridge currently serves as managing director of Opera Philadelphia.

Burridge will assume her new position in Novembe with a 5-year contract through

Music review: Rhiannon Giddens sings a haunting slave narrative

11:19 am Sep. 27, 2016

(This review is by American-Statesman freelance arts critic Luke Quinton.)

There’s nothing academic about Rhiannon Giddens’ stage presence — she’s the real deal.

Standing barefoot on the McCullough Theatre stage Friday between members of the Kronos Quartet,

Bernstein celebration planned for 2018

12:05 pm Sep. 19, 2016

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis commissioned Leonard Bernstein to compose a monumental musical spectacle for the 1971 opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

What the American composer and conductor choose

More leadership moves at Austin Opera

10:25 am Sep. 12, 2016

Days before Austin Opera begins its new season, company officials announced another change-up to its administrative leadership.

In a Sept. 8 letter to Austin Opera board members, president Jon Nash announced that Jane Weaver-Sobel, who had

Austin Symphony to livestream concert

1:09 pm Sep. 7, 2016

Whoa — did you feel the earth move?

For the first time in its 106-year history, the Austin Symphony Orchestra will livestream an entire concert online.

The Saturday night performance of “Mozart Speaks” will be streamed via