Field Reports

Empire of Glass: Austin Lyric Opera Brings Terror to Texas

Staging the U.S. premiere of Philip Glass’s new opera about pointless torture and a lost war on terror in Austin, Texas, might seem like a left hook aimed at the jaw of Bush Country, except that there’s little disagreement with its message in this cosmopolitan university town.

Scene Scan: Austin, Texas

In the face of the cultural behemoth that is Austin’s bar/club scene, a handful of dedicated composers, performers, and promoters have succeeded in building a small but vibrant new music community, grabbing the attention of the wider Austin arts scene along the way.