Lardo Weeping
by Local Opera Local Artists - LOLA

Mar. 09 - Mar. 16, 2019

Lardo Weeping is a wonderful journey through the mind of recluse-genius Dinah LeFarge, a clever, intellectual, quite sexual woman of independent means who seldom ventures outside her apartment and refuses to answer her door unarmed. Dinah finds herself with only five dollars left to her name but claims to have "otherworldly resources" and hints at a miraculous transformation for her and her audience.

Dinah takes us through her many ideas and schemes and through this storytelling we are introduced to many feminist icons including Emily Dickenson, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Emma Goldman, Ann Landers, and others. We are treated to stories about her past employment as a convenience store clerk, her food journaling, and Dinah’s ongoing obsession with the “Weekly World News”. For this workshop, LOLA will be presenting the first 40 minutes of this work which features “The Dance of the Dodo”. The music of the opera is written in a varied, almost post-modern, style including many different genres, special effects, and musical quotations from famous popular music and opera.

LOLA presents the workshop premiere of the new chamber opera by composer Peter Stopschinski and playwright Terry Galloway with stage direction by Rebecca Herman and mezzo soprano Liz Cass as Dinah LaFarge.  

 As this is a work in progress, we encourage audience feedback during the talk back portion of the event. LOLA will present a complete version of Lardo Weeping in 2020.


Audio feature: Diane Donovan, KMFA classical radio, interviews Liz Cass about the production, March 3, 2019

Feature by Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle, March 7, 2019



Dinah LaFarge - Liz Cass
Chorus - Holton Johnson 
Chorus - Lindsey Pino 
Chorus - Veronica Williams 


Dancer – Alexa Capareda


Piano - Peter Stopschinski
Violin - Sonja Larson 
Cello - Nora Karakousoglou 


Production Team:  
Composer - Peter Stopschinski 

Playwright/Librettist - Terry Galloway   
Executive Producer - Liz Cass 

Artistic Producer - Rebecca Herman 
Stage Director - Rebecca Herman 
Lighting Designer – Nate Wheatley



Makeup and Hair Design – Wendy Sanders
Stage Manager – Carli Kerr


Assistant Director – Jessica Burton 


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Lardo Weeping
by Peter Stopschinski, Terry Galloway
Local Opera Local Artists - LOLA

March 09 - March 16, 2019
Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX, 78702


Saturday, March 9th 2019 at 7 pm

Sunday, March 10th at 2 pm and 7 pm

Wednesday - Friday, March 13th, 14th, and 15th at 7 pm

Saturday, March 16th at 2 pm


Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Rd, Suite 122, Austin, TX  78702

Tickets are $15-$50 on a sliding scale for most performances.  March 10th 2019 at 2 pm and March 13th 2019 at 7 pm offer sliding scale tickets for all from free - $50. Approximate running time is 40 minutes with one intermission followed by an in depth talk back.

Tickets available online