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OPERA San Antonio in the News

This Cauldron Bubbles Nicely


credit: Karen Almond

When the curtain came down on Opera San Antonio’s memorably strong production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth on Sept. 8, the Tobin Center audience might well have wondered why this taut Shakespearean drama isn’t staged more often. 

Opera company reaches new heights with Macbeth


credit: Karen Almond

OPERA San Antonio took a giant step Friday night with the first staging of its fourth season.

The company spread its wings by staging a Shakespearean opera by Giuseppe Verdi, taking a chance on “Macbeth,” one that many people haven’t seen despite its vivid theatrics. The company also presented its biggest chorus yet, 32 wonderful singers.

OPERA San Antonio Presents Macbeth


credit: Karen Almond

You may already know that San Antonio is home to a world-class opera company, OPERA San Antonio, now in its fourth season as a resident company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. But do you know what it takes to produce a grand opera like Verdi’s Macbeth on the stage of the H-E-B Performance Hall? A village of singers, musicians, designers, and skilled workers, plus truckloads of sets, and costumes, assemble in San Antonio to make it happen.

Date Night at the Opera


credit: Beth

The good news is I’m now a life-long fan of the Opera. The bad news is my first trip to see one was basically a private performance, so what could possibly top that?

Read the blog here



credit: Inga Cotton

You may already be aware that OPERA San Antonio is presenting Verdi’s Macbeth, the first production in its fourth season, at the Tobin Center on September 8 and 10, 2017. But did you also know that OPERA San Antonio offers more intimate performances to students through its education programs in San Antonio schools? I recently visited a theater classroom at Kirby Middle School in Judson ISD to observe a school visit by OPERA San Antonio artists, who are awakening a new generation to the beauty of opera. 




credit: Karli Cadel

In anticipation of its 2017-18 season, OPERA San Antonio is bringing opera to young audiences at the San Antonio Public Library.

Last week, my children and I got to hear professional opera singers perform at an Explore Opera! for Kids event at the Las Palmas Branch Library. There will be an even bigger Explore Opera! for Kidsevent this weekend at the Central Library, on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 12 p.m., featuring excerpts from OPERA San Antonio’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Macbeth.

Opera San Antonio Works Toward a Lasting Presence on the Stage


credit: Scott Ball/Rivard Report

San Antonians have supported opera since the late 19th century; in 1945 San Antonio became the first city in Texas to start a resident company. But sustaining an ongoing company in collaboration with the San Antonio Symphony, such as Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin have done with their symphonies, has eluded the city.

During his 26-year tenure starting in 1950, San Antonio Symphony director Victor Alessandro continued the San Antonio Symphony Society’s Grand Opera Festival and brought in world-renowned singers. After his death in 1976, the Symphony continued producing operas until 1983.


“Macbeth,” “La Bohéme” on tap for Opera San Antonio By David Hendricks


Credit: courtesy SF Opera

Opera San Antonio will stage widely loved masterpieces by composers Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini for its 2017-18 season.

Verdi’s “Macbeth” will be performed Sept. 8 and 10, the opera company has announced, and Puccini’s “La Bohéme” will be presented May 17 and 19, 2018. All performances will occur at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

“Macbeth” is based on the William Shakespeare play, a story of a tragic quest for power. “La Bohéme” is set in Paris’ Latin Quarter about 1830 and is a tale of the happiness and sadness from love and loss.

No Need to Split Hairs - This Barber Satisfies


credit: Marty Sohl

Opera is sorta like baseball. A home-run slugger or two can give the fans some transitory thrills, but the team needs strength in every other position, all the way down to the short-relief pitchers and the batboys, to make it to the World Series. 

Opera San Antonio’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, which opened May 6 in the Tobin Center, was the work of a World Series contender.  

Big Give 2017: Thank You


The Big Give was May 4, 2017

Thank you for supporting us through three seasons of opera as the resident opera company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and thank you for making Big Give 2017 such a great success!

On Thursday, May 4th, OPERA San Antonio raised over $7,000 from more than 40 generous donors. Thanks to all of you, OSA will continue its works and open the fourth season this fall with Verdi's Macbeth on September 8 & 10. 

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