Houston Grand Opera News

Guest Conductor Richard Egarr Makes His Utah Symphony Debut on an All-Bach ProgramGuest Conductor Richard Egarr Makes His Utah Symphony Debut on an All-Bach Program
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

On March 24 and 25 at 7:30 PM, guest conductor Richard Egarr takes to the podium, leading the Utah Symphony in an evening of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Also featured on the program are Utah Symphony Principal Flutist Mercedes Smith and Concertmaster Madeline Adkins. Tickets start at $21 ($15 for students), and can be purchased at www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683. (more...)

Rec Room Arts' Hit Kids Show Premieres All New Second Episode: GARBAGE ISLAND Episode 2 Opens April 8thRec Room Arts' Hit Kids Show Premieres All New Second Episode: GARBAGE ISLAND Episode 2 Opens April 8th
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Parents, we heard you loud and clear: You want more GARBAGE ISLAND! Rec Room Arts' newest, original production, GARBAGE ISLAND, an original live sketch show for children ages 2 - 6, opened in February and ran to sold-out crowds for 4 weeks straight. The response was fantastic! Houston parents lined up out the door to give their children the opportunity to enjoy the wacky characters and sustainability-themed 30-minute performance, while they enjoyed a break…and a mimosa. (more...)

2017 Winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are Announced2017 Winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named six young singers as the winners of the nation's most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize and the prestige and exposure that come with winning the competition that launched the careers of many of opera's biggest stars. (more...)

Asia Society Texas Center To Hold Panel On Race And Representation In Houston Grand Opera, 3/31Asia Society Texas Center To Hold Panel On Race And Representation In Houston Grand Opera, 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Asia Society Texas Center will host Representation and 21 st Century Responsibilities in the Performing Arts, a free panel discussion and public forum in collaboration with Houston Grand Opera (HGO) on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. (more...)

Stage & Screen Stars Jonathan Freeman, Chris Sullivan and Jeffrey Schecter Join MasterVoices' BABES IN TOYLANDStage & Screen Stars Jonathan Freeman, Chris Sullivan and Jeffrey Schecter Join MasterVoices' BABES IN TOYLAND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

The production will be conducted by MasterVoices' Artistic Director Ted Sperling and will feature previously announced stars Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, Christopher Fitzgerald - with Jonathan Freeman, Chris Sullivan, and Jeffrey Schecter just joining the lineup - alongside 130 singers of MasterVoices, with Orchestra of St. Luke's. (more...)

Nine Young Opera Singers Advance To Final Round of Met's National Council AuditionsNine Young Opera Singers Advance To Final Round of Met's National Council Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Following yesterday's highly competitive semi-final competition, nine young singers will advance to the final phase of the Metropolitan Opera's 2017 National Council Auditions, America's most prestigious vocal competition. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces Deadline For Bauer Family High School Voice Studio Extended To 3/24Houston Grand Opera Announces Deadline For Bauer Family High School Voice Studio Extended To 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Houston Grand Opera's HGOco announces auditions for the Bauer Family High School Voice Studio (HSVS) for students entering their junior or senior year of high school beginning in the fall of 2017. Applications are now being accepted on HGO's website at HSVS auditions. The deadline has been extended to March 24 at 5 p.m. (more...)

Cast Revealed for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Kravis CenterCast Revealed for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Kravis Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

???????Casting has been announced for Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for the premiere West Palm Beach engagement at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.  (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

Houston Grand Opera presents Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods), the final installment of Wagner's epic Ring cycle, featuring a new generation of leading Wagnerians including Simon O'Neill as Siegfried and Christine Goerke as Brunnhilde, starting April 22. (more...)

American Classical Orchestra Presents BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9. Conducted by Thomas CrawfordAmerican Classical Orchestra Presents BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9. Conducted by Thomas Crawford
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11 at 8:00PM at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, the American Classical Orchestra will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, the composer's towering final achievement. Unique among the seasons' 9th performances, this concert will be performed on period instruments, using the tempos and performance techniques of its premiere nearly 200 years ago. The thrilling textures and nuanced blend of period instruments with the voices of the highly acclaimed ACO Chorus will transport listeners back to the sound world of the early 19th century, while bringing them closer to the composer's intentions and original markings. The result is a deeper, more fulfilling musical experience of this great work. To provide greater understanding, Maestro Thomas Crawford will deliver an introduction, with orchestra and chorus onstage to perform excerpts, before conducting the 70-minute Symphony. This combination of pre-symphony talk and period instrument performance offers rare and meaningful immersion into this much-loved symphony. Soloists are Sherezade Panthaki, Michael Sumuel, Helen Karloski and Kang Wang. (more...)

American Classical Orchestra Performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, 4/11American Classical Orchestra Performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, 4/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11 at 8:00PM at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, the American Classical Orchestra will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, the composer's towering final achievement. Unique among the seasons' 9th performances, this concert will be performed on period instruments, using the tempos and performance techniques of its premiere nearly 200 years ago. The thrilling textures and nuanced blend of period instruments with the voices of the highly acclaimed ACO Chorus will transport listeners back to the sound world of the early 19th century, while bringing them closer to the composer's intentions and original markings.  The result is a deeper, more fulfilling musical experience of this great work. To provide greater understanding, Maestro Thomas Crawford will deliver an introduction, with orchestra and chorus onstage to perform excerpts, before conducting the 70-minute Symphony. This combination of pre-symphony talk and period instrument performance offers rare and meaningful immersion into this much-loved symphony. Soloists are Sherezade Panthaki, Michael Sumuel, Helen Karloski and Kang Wang. (more...)

George London Foundation Presents Amber Wagner & Reginald Smith, Jr., in Recital 4/2George London Foundation Presents Amber Wagner & Reginald Smith, Jr., in Recital 4/2
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Soprano Amber Wagner, a 2010 George London Award Winner, and baritone Reginald Smith, Jr., who won his George London Award in 2015, make their New York recital debuts at the final program in the George London Foundation Recital Series, and the final event in the foundation's season, on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 4:00 pm. Alan Darling is the recital's pianist; a reception with the artists follows the concert. (more...)

San Francisco Opera And Merola Opera Present 2017 SCHWABACHER DEBUT RECITAL SERIES, 3/26-4/30San Francisco Opera And Merola Opera Present 2017 SCHWABACHER DEBUT RECITAL SERIES, 3/26-4/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 34th season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, opening on March 26 and continuing through April 30. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program Present 2017 Schwabacher Debut Recital SeriesSan Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program Present 2017 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 34th season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, opening on March 26 and continuing through April 30. The four-recital series offers music lovers an opportunity to hear opera's next generation of stars in the intimate and state-of-the-art Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco. (more...)

Florida Grand Opera Announces 2017-2018 SeasonFlorida Grand Opera Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis today unveiled plans for the company's 2017-18 season. Anchored by the theme 'Divas to Die For,' FGO's seventy-seventh season will boast a diverse range of works about women on dangerous emotional journeys. (more...)

Chicago Opera Theater Presents Philip Glass's THE PERFECT AMERICAN, 4/22, 4/30Chicago Opera Theater Presents Philip Glass's THE PERFECT AMERICAN, 4/22, 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents 'The Perfect American,' a Chicago premiere opera by American composer Philip Glass. Based on American novelist Peter Stephan Jungk's 2001 novel, 'Der Konig von Amerika,' Glass' opera imagines the last three months of Walt Disney's life. (more...)

Opera in the Heights Announces 2017-18 SeasonOpera in the Heights Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Opera in the Heights (OH) announces its 2017-18 season, a diverse collection of masterworks, which artistic director Eiki Isomura calls 'a representation of what we value most at Opera in the Heights.' In describing the company's four main stage productions, Isomura states, 'There is no better showcase for the vocal virtuosity of our emerging artists than La Fille du Regiment. And there is no better gateway into the art form for our younger audiences than The Magic Flute,' says Isomura. 'The grandeur of Un Ballo in Maschera finds its most potent expression in the intimacy of our venue, Lambert Hall. Finally, Candide will highlight our brilliant OH Orchestra and give us an opportunity to honor the past with Leonard Bernstein's upcoming centennial and, at the same time, further expand our repertoire.' (more...)

Special Free Screening of Carlisle Floyd and Hal Prince's: WILLIE STARKSpecial Free Screening of Carlisle Floyd and Hal Prince's: WILLIE STARK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

The Paley Center for Media in New York City (25 WEST 52ND ST., NYC) will screen the complete 1981 PBS Great Performances telecast of WILLIE STARK starring Timothy Nolen on Saturday, February 25, from 1 to 3:30 pm. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

In light of recent news from Washington, American Opera Projects (AOP) announces that of its 31 new operas in development, four are on LGBTQ topics.  For AOP, this is not new. In 1998, AOP premiered the first opera ever to focus on a lesbian relationship, Patience & Sarah, by composer Paula M. Kimper, and librettist Wende Persons, three years after Houston Grand Opera's premiere of Harvey Milk composed by Stewart Wallace to a libretto by Michael Korie.  (more...)

New York Philharmonic To Return To BRAVO! Vail, 7/21-28New York Philharmonic To Return To BRAVO! Vail, 7/21-28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail in Colorado, celebrating its 30th season, for the Orchestra's 15th annual summer residency, July 21-28, 2017. The residency will include six orchestral concerts that honor the Philharmonic's legacy on the occasion of its 175th anniversary season and the conclusion of Alan Gilbert's tenure as Music Director. (more...)

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