Austin History Center

Austin Lyric Opera Program and Poster Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin History Center
Title: Austin Lyric Opera Program and Poster Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1987-2014
Abstract: Collection of programs, event flyers and posters for Austin Lyric Opera performances and other special events dating from the founding production of The Magic Flute to current day.
Identification: AR.1998.012
Quantity: 1.2 linear feet (3 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks and qAR
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Lyric Opera (ALO) was founded in 1986 by Joseph McClain and the late Dr. Walter Ducloux, who envisioned it as a dynamic company that would enrich, entertain, and educate the community. The founding production was Mozart's The Magic Flute which opened in January of 1987 at the University of Texas Performing Art Center. In 2000 the ALO moved into the Mary Ann Heller Opera Center which houses rehearsal halls, administrative offices, the box office as well as Armstrong Community Music School, the first ever to be established by an opera company and one of the first in Texas. In 2008 the Long Center for the Performing Arts became the permanent performance home for the ALO.

Scope and Contents

The collection included programs, event flyers and posters for the Austin Lyric Opera from the founding performance in 1987 to current day. Also included are event flyers for special events hosted by ALO such as the Opera Ball and Divas, Dinners and Diversions.


Materials are arranged chronologically.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Austin Lyric Opera.
Austin (Tex.)
Opera companies--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

General Collection - A 792.5097643 AU Avanti: The First Ten Years

Austin Files - Austin Lyric Opera M9300 (A) (Folder 3)

Periodicals Collection - OperAustin

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The programs in this collection come from a variety of donors and are compiled into this collection

Preferred Citation

Austin Lyric Opera Program Collection (AR.1998.012). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: multiple donors including DO/1966/030, DO/2003/025, DO/1982/057, DO/2005/019

Donation Date: multiple

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011. Additional materials added by Roger Simon in 2013.


It is anticipated that programs and posters will be added to the collection on a regular basis.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Austin Lyric Opera, 1987-2014

Box Folder
1 1-12 Performances, 1987-1998
Box Folder
2 1-9 Performances, 1998-2007
Box Folder
3 1-7 Performances, 2007-2014
8 Events--Divas, Dinners and Diversions, 1996-2001
9 Events--Fall Antique Show, 1988
10 Events--Opera Ball, 1987-2008
11 Other events, 1998-2005
Location FlatFile
qAR 03/03/001 Posters, 2003, 2007