Liz Cass enjoys a lively schedule of performing, teaching, and producing in collaboration with many arts organizations in Austin, TX and beyond. Liz has been on the faculty and staff of the Armstrong Community Music School since 2004. In addition, Ms. Cass is the founder and Executive Producer of LOLA, Local Opera Local Artists along with Artistic Producer, Rebecca Herman. LOLA is a professional opera company dedicated to keeping the art form alive by utilizing local Austin, Texas talent in new and innovative productions. LOLA’s first opera was the first ever all-female version of Puccini’s La Bohème titled La Femme Bohème. LOLA has been nominated for and has won 3 Austin Critics Table Awards for La Femme Bohème.
Recent performance highlights include the premier of Graham Reynold’s new chamber opera, Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance with Ballroom Marfa and an encore presentation as part of the Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX for which she received an Excellence in Singing award from the Austin Critics Table; The Manchurian Candidate with Austin Opera; concerts with Salon Concerts, La Follia, Austin Baroque, A Room With a Few, LOLA, and the premier of Donald Grantham’s epic piece “Meditations on Hafiz” with Chorus Austin. Liz’s upcoming schedule includes concerts in Guatemala City and Antigua, Guatemala, concerts in Austin with Austin Chamber Music Center and LOLA, and tours to Los Angeles and Seattle with Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance. In the spring of 2018, Ms. Cass will be performing with Austin Opera in their production of La Traviata.
Liz Cass is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She began studying with Inci Bashar at UMKC in 1997, and continues studying with her to this day.