The Star / L’Etoile: don’t miss it!

The Star (Austin Lyric Opera)This Chabrier operetta is seldom performed, for reasons difficult to understand. The weather was on the chilly side last night, but not a single seat was vacant after the intermission, quite unusual. I heard a man say, “I didn’t want to come to this, but it’s really, really funny!” and it is.

The laughter began as soon as the curtain rose following the spritely overture. This production is absurdist and witty. It employs a small orchestra, a large chorus, a starring cast of fine singers and actors (I’d single out the king, plus his astrologer), costumes to which photos do no justice, and a wonderful set and lighting design. The choreography is truly outstanding. Everyone participates in these clever movements and dances, and performs very well. The choreographic elements are a true enhancement and are integral to the success of the show.

We in Austin are fortunate indeed to have an opportunity to see and hear The Star and in this first-rate production. The Austin Lyric Opera production has three performances remaining: on February 3, 5 (Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 pm), and 7 (Sunday at 3:30 pm).

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