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South Texas Lyric Opera brings memories of the movie Godfather through the coming production of “Cavalleria Rusticana”

South Texas Lyric Opera and the City of Edinburg, are bringing “Cavalleria Rusticana” back to the Rio Grande Valley. The curtains are set to go up Saturday, April 18, at 8:00PM and Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Edinburg City Auditorium.

The opera centers around two pairs of lovers crisscrossed by war in 1800’s Italy. Dashing young war hero Turiddu returns home to find his true love, Lola, married to another, who appears pompous and more financially prosperous. Turiddu seeks revenge in the arms of another woman, Santuzza, and uses his romance to lure his true love back into his arms. A forsaken Santuzza finds herself in the midst of despair and little room to change the course of destiny. The show culminates in a tragic death.

“A tale of love and betrayal, the one-act performance is sure to keep attendees on the edges of their seats,” said founder and artistic director Maestro Mazias de Oliveira. We know that anyone who loves romance, suspense and drama will enjoy the performance. And don’t forget that our most famous operas, such as this one, are the soundtracks of our lives and so attendees will recognize some very notable songs, which will add even more enjoyment to the performance.” STLO finish its 10th season bringing professional soloists from New York, North and south Texas to perform with the opera chorus and orchestra from the Rio Grande Valley.

Running time is approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes with no intermission. Sung in Italian with English Subtitles.

Santuzza: Madeline Elizondo
Turiddu: Xavier Jaramillo
Alfio: Shannon Devine
Lola: Muffin Russell and Leonor Jimenez
Mamma Lucia: Krista Jobson

Tickets are on sale now at Cooper Internal Medicine, Ph. 956-686-8802.
More information on the production of Cavalleria Rusticana and South Texas Lyric Opera, please visit

Cavalleria Poster


South Texas Lyric Opera, debut at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts presenting one of the most popular operas of all time, “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. The production will take place on Monday December 15, 7:30pm at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater, one of the venues at the Tobin Center in San Antonio, TX.

Written by Gian-Carlo Menotti, this one-act opera, is a holiday event for the entire family with uplifting themes of hope, love, faith and forgiveness. This tales brings the meaning of the holiday season home for all. Through their encounters with the Three Kings and a magic star, shepherd boy Amahl and his mother learn how unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles. This brief, wondrous opera will be sung in English.

The opera features and accomplished cast, sets, costumes, chorus and a live orchestra conducted by STLO General Director, Dr. Mazias de Oliveira, who has produced Amahl more than 100 times.

Don’t miss our performances of Menotti’s opera ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ going on on 3 dates! Mark them in your calendar!

1. Saturday, December 6 @ 7:30PM at the Edinburg City Auditorium  415 W. McIntyre St., Edinburg, TX

Tickets available: Cooper International Medicine (801 E. Nolana Ave. #12, Mcallen, Tx) (956 -686- 8802)

General: $25 Pre-sale; $30 at the door; Senior/Students (With proof of ID) $15 Pre-sale; $20 at the door

2. Saturday, December 13, 2014 @ 7:30 PM at the Laurel Heights SDA 703 W. Ashby place, San Antonio

Free Admission!

3. Monday, December 15, 2014 @ 7:30 PM at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater  100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio

Tickets available at: Tobin Center Box Office

Tickets at  or call 210-223-8624.

Don’t miss this wonderful event celebrating the wonder of the story of Amahl and the Night Visitors!

Join us for our Amahl opera performance!

Join us for our Amahl opera performance!


We are inviting all those who are interested in singing with STLO to participate with us for our series of performances of  the opera

Amahl and the Night Visitors. 


We want to share with all of you what’s going to be another exciting season for 2014-2015! We are beginning our season with Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

There will be five fantastic performances:
– Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:00PM at International Museum of Arts & Science (IMAS)
– Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3:30PM at Edinburg City Auditorium
– Monday, December 8, 2014, 2 school performances at Edinburg City Auditorium, 9:30AM & 1:00PM
– Monday, December 15, 2014, 7:30PM at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio (One of the most beautiful Performing Art houses in Texas)

We will be updating information for our rehearsal times and locations very soon.

We hope to see you all there!

P.S. 🙂

Here is a sneak peak of Dr. Joel Burcham singing the beautiful aria ‘Vesti la guibba’ during STLO’s June 2013 production of ‘Pagliacci’. Our DVDs will be available for purchase soon!



First in our series of “Meet the cast” for our La Boheme performances on May 17th and 18th.

Meet Dr. Joel Burcham, a wonderful and gifted tenor, will be singing the role of Rodolfo during our May 2014 production of La Boheme.  Dr. Burcham received his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has sung numerous roles, including the role of Canio in STLO’s own production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in 2013.
Let’s get to know him!

– What is your favorite color?
– What are 3 of your favorite hobbies?
Playing electric guitar, Heavy Metal, and cycling.
– When did you first start singing?
At age 6
– What is your favorite opera performance and why? Is there an opera that you haven’t yet performed that you would like to star in?
My favorite performance, is Faust. Role I’d like to do, Cavaradossi in Tosca.
– Would you like to tell us of any upcoming performances?
Tenor soloist in the Beethoven Missa Solemnis at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt Austria.
– Do you have any advice for an aspiring singer?
Know your talent better than anyone else.

He has graciously included a picture of him, his wife, Jill, and their son, Caleb! 
We are excited to have you back Dr. Joel Burcham!



Don’t miss your opportunity to see STLO’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme coming up this weekend May 17th and 18th.

Here is the cast…

– RODOLFO, a poet………………………… Joel Burcham,Tenor
– MARCELLO, a painter…………… Shannon DeVine, Baritone
– COLLINE, a philosopher……….…… Tom McNichols, Bass
– SCHAUNARD, a musician…………… Aaron Stegemoller, Bass-Baritone
– BENOIT, a landlord……………………… Lee Chia-wei, Bass
– ALCINDORO, a state councilor & follower of Musetta……. Lee Chia-wei, Bass
– PARPIGNOL, an itinerant toy vendor……………Xavier Jaramillo,Tenor
– MUSETTA, a grisette……………..…… Christina Hager, Soprano
– MIMI, a maker of embroidery………….. Edlyn de Oliveira, Soprano