Asheville Lyric Opera



A professional opera company that stages productions ranging from traditional opera to Broadway to cutting edge world premiers. We perform in two historical opera houses, schools, flashmobs, and breweries. Come see the crown jewel of Western Carolina’s art and music scene.  

Asheville Lyric Opera does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Event Information:

  • Past Seasons

    Past Seasons

    2017 Season

    • Opera Winter Gala 2017
    • Singing in the Park
    • Elixir of Love
    • "Fall" in Love

    2016 Season

    • Opera Winter Gala 2016
    • The Magic Flute
    • Man of LaMancha
    • Four Months of Opera - Community outreach

    2014-2015 Season

    • Die Fledermaus - collaboration with Symphony of the Mountains
    • Opera Winter Gala 2015
    • The Impresario - Chamber Opera
    • West Side Story
    • Rigoletto - collaboration with Brevard Music Center
    • Barber of Seville (tour: Western Carolina University, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bryan Symphony Orchestra)

    2013-2014 Season

    • I Pagliacci & Suor Angelica
    • Opera Winter Gala 2014
    • Don Giovanni
    • South Pacific

    2012-2013 Season

    • La Traviata
    • Taste of Opera
    • Tosca - collaboration with Bryan Symphony Orchestra
    • Carousel

    2011-2012 Season

    • Madame Butterfly
    • The Asheville Christmas Show
    • Così fan tutte
    • The Sound of Music
    • Taste of Opera

    2010-11 Season

    • The Magic Flute
    • The Christmas Concert
    • Brundibar - Education Opera
    • La Boheme
    • Taste of Opera

    2009-10 Season

    • Marriage of Figaro - collaboration with Bryan Symphony Orchestra
    • Hansel and Gretel - Education Opera ( North Buncombe High School)
    • The Christmas Concert
    • Don Pasqaule
    • Carmen

    2008-09 10th Anniversary Season

    • Romeo and Juliet
    • Gianni Schicchi - Education Opera (AC Reynolds High School)
    • Opera Concert with Angela Brown, David Malis, Tonio DiPaolo, and special guest Sherrill Milnes
    • Rigoletto (tour: Western North Carolina University, NC)

    2007-08 season

    • Don Giovanni
    • Down in the Valley - Education Opera (TC Roberson High School)
    • Lucia di Lammermoor (co-production w/ The Opera Company of North Carolina)
    • The Barber of Seville (tour: Newberry Forest, VA, Macon, GA, Mansfield, OH, and Western Carolina University, NC)

    2006-2007 season

    • The Elixir of Love
    • Amahl and the Night Visitors - Education Opera (Asheville High School)
    • The Merry Widow
    • La Traviata (tour: Johnson City, TN and New Bern, NC)

    2005-2006 season

    • ALO Opera Gala - "Don Giovanni, Tales of Hoffmann, Susannah"
    • The Magic Flute (tour: Johnson City, TN)
    • Madama Butterfly (tour: New Bern, NC, Johnson City, TN, Mansfield, OH)

    2004-2005 season

    • ALO Opera Gala - " Lucia di Lammermoor, Magic Flute, Merry Widow"
    • Carmen (tour: Newberry, SC and Johnson City, TN)
    • The Marriage of Figaro

    2003-2004 season

    • ALO Opera Gala - "Tosca, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana"
    • Amahl and the Night Visitors (tour: Connersville, IN)
    • La Boheme (tour: Newberry, SC)
    • Don Pasquale (tour: Newberry, SC)

    2002-2003 season

    • ALO Opera Gala - "Rigoletto"
    • Amahl and the Night Visitors/Gift of the Magi
    • Cosi Fan Tutte

    2001-2002 season

    • The Barber of Seville
    • Amahl and the Night Visitors
    • Annie Get your Gun (co-production: SART)
    • La Traviata (co-production: Asheville Symphony)

    2000-2001 season

    • ALO Opera Gala
    • Live from Broadway
    • Amahl and the Night Visitors
    • Madama Butterfly
    • Pirates of Penzance (co-production: Asheville Symphony)

    1999-2000 debuting season

    • Live from Broadway
    • Rockwell Blake in Recital (collaboration: Duke University)
    • ALO Opera Gala
    • La Boheme (co-production: Asheville Symphony)
    • Cassandra Riddle in Recital
    • I Pagliacci


    1999 Debut Events
    Angela Simpson & David Craig Starkey recital
    Susan Dunn recital