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Michael Barnes

Austin Opera reveals next season

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First out of the performing arts gate for the 2017-2018 season is Austin Opera.

While its current show, “Daughter of the Regiment,” gears up for a second weekend, we can look forward to three treats next go round.

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We’re not promising that Austin Opera’s “Carmen” will look anything like this Australian outing. Contributed.

First up in November is Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” the second most popular opera in the world during a recent reporting period, according to Operabase, an online database of opera performances.

Next in January and February is a much rarer gem, Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos,” appearing for the first time in Austin as far as I can determine.

Finally, Austin Opera returns to the best-loved list with Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata,” in fact, the most popular  opera, accredited in Operabase from the same reporting period (2009-2015).