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Posted: 10:58 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

Austin Lyric Opera announces 2014-2015 season, new initiatives 

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Los Angeles Opera production of "The Stigmatized, (Die Gezeichneten)" 2010. Projections by Wendall K. Harrington. Photo by Robert Willard.

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Verdi’s “A Masked Ball,”  Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” anf Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” are on Austin Lyric Opera's 2014-2015, opera officials announced Friday.

And with “A Masked Ball," ALO will unveils its first completely new production in eight years -- a production with sets driven entirely by digital projections.

Acclaimed designer Wendall K. Harrington -- whose wide-ranging credits in projection design include creating sets for Lyric Opera of Chicago and the 1984  Talking Heads "Stop Making Sense" tour -- will develop a wholly digitally projected set for "A Masked Ball."

Harrington’s participation comes through a new and developing partnership between ALO and the University of Texas, where Harrington will serve as artist-in residence in fall 2014 in UT's department of theater and dance.

"A Masked Ball" will also feature debut artist tenor Dominick Chenes, as Riccardo, and Mardi Byers as Amelia, returning to Austin following her company debut in ALO's upcoming production of “Tosca,” opening Jan. 30 at the Long Center.

ALO artistic direactor and principal conductor Richard Buckley will lead all of the company's 2014-2015 season.

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999.

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