About OOO

So, who is One Ounce Opera?

There is a movement to revitalize opera across the globe, but no one is doing it quite like One Ounce Opera (OOO). From premiering a Frankenstein-esque vaudevillian transgender operetta in a Hyde Park living room, to rogue bits of Verdi in a Red River club, One Ounce Opera presents opera as accessible, contemporary, and mainstream through thoughtful programming in non-traditional locations.

The company truly believes the classical voice is a timeless vehicle for powerful storytelling. OOO’s team of professional singing artists incubate, create, and produce opportunities to inject “ounces” of opera and classical references into the social consciousness, utilizing cross-genre collaborations, pop-culture references, a bit of improvisation, and the simple beauty of the human voice.

Emily Breedlove, Ann Wade, Rebekah Smeltzer, and Julie Fiore in "Bitterfest" at Institution Theater, February 2013
Emily Breedlove, Ann Wade, Rebekah Smeltzer, and Julie Fiore in "Bitterfest" at Institution Theater, February 2013

In the past few years, OOO has become a champion of new works and working composers/librettists, founding a new music series and competition. The Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera series happens every spring, and is the first micro- opera competition and festival in the state of Texas. The company also produces the Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Art Song series in the fall, showcasing OOO ensemble members and up-and-coming composers, whose winning vocal chamber works are selected and performed by the company.

Julie Silva and Robert LeBas in "Remembering Landscape," FSOO 2017. Photo by Roy Moore/Control Images
Julie Silva and Robert LeBas in "Remembering Landscape," FSOO 2017. Photo by Roy Moore/Control Images

Founded in 2012 by Julie Fiore, the award-winning collective has been featured on KVUE, KMFA, KUTX, KOOP, KVRX, on Austin 360 and in the Austin Chronicle, Statesman, and TRIBEZA magazine, and performed as part of Beerthoven, EAST, Fusebox, SoundSpace at the Blanton, HONKTX!, during SXSW, PRIDE Austin, and the Downtown Tree Lighting. For a full list of past and future productions, see our EVENTS page. OOO is a member of OperaAmerica and a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.

Dalton Flake and Jake Jacobsen, "Highfalutin Holiday" at Red 7
Dalton Flake and Jake Jacobsen, "Highfalutin Holiday" at Red 7

Our objectives:

-Encourage a new generation of “opera lovers” with culturally significant, non-traditional venue and program choices.

-Become a respected artistic company of professional singing-artists and musicians providing memorable alternative musical experiences, while promoting opera and classical singing as a vibrant, current, accessible art form.

-Challenge our singing-artists to perform with every inch of their talent, both vocally and dramatically.

-Give our singing-artists a platform to explore new repertoire, share the stage with their peers, and perfect their craft in front of a very live audience.

-Foster an environment of cross-genre collaboration to re-imagine and re-awaken opera, and commission new works from local and regional composers.