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HOUSTON OPERA NEWS COVERAGE

The latest news on performances of Opera in Houston.

Laura Anderson Barbata Announced As Production Designer Of Fort Worth Opera World Pre Photo Laura Anderson Barbata Announced As Production Designer Of Fort Worth Opera World Premiere COMPANIONSHIP
by A.A. Cristi - March 21, 2019

Fort Worth Opera (FWO) is proud to announce a new collaborative partnership with Mexico City-born artist Laura Anderson Barbata, for the world premiere of composer-librettist Rachel J. Peters's savagely funny dark comedy, Companionship. ...
Houston Grand Opera Announces 2019-20 HGO Studio Artists Photo Houston Grand Opera Announces 2019-20 HGO Studio Artists
by A.A. Cristi - March 12, 2019

After an international search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is proud to announce the three new singers and one new pianists for the 2019 20 HGO Studio. One of the most respected and highly competitive young artist programs in the world, the HGO Studio provides comprehensive career development to young ...
Opera In The Heights Announces Its 2019-20 Season Photo Opera In The Heights Announces Its 2019-20 Season
by A.A. Cristi - February 15, 2019

Opera in the Heights (OH), the opera company that provides a stage for emerging performers and affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area, will present its most daring season yet with its 2019-20 lineup. The company's 24th season will open October 5, 2019, with Puccini's iconic opera Tosca, and fe...
Houston Grand Opera Named To Shortlist For 2019 International Opera Awards Photo Houston Grand Opera Named To Shortlist For 2019 International Opera Awards
by A.A. Cristi - January 31, 2019

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has been named to the shortlist for the International Opera Awards. Founded in 2012, the International Opera Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in opera around the world. The awards aim to recognize and reward success in opera while raising the profile of the art...
Houston Grand Opera Announces Concert Of Arias 2019 Finalists Photo Houston Grand Opera Announces Concert Of Arias 2019 Finalists
by A.A. Cristi - January 29, 2019

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has selected the finalists for the 31st annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias, to be presented in the Wortham Theater Center on February 1, 2019, at 7 p.m. A limited number of general admission tickets for the performance are available for p...
The Moores School of Music Announces HANSEL AND GRETEL Photo The Moores School of Music Announces HANSEL AND GRETEL
by BWW News Desk - January 25, 2019

The Moores School of Music at the University of Houston presents Hansel and Gretel....
Houston Grand Opera Announces Cast Substitution Photo Houston Grand Opera Announces Cast Substitution
by A.A. Cristi - January 21, 2019

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announces that baritone Mariusz Kwiecie , scheduled to sing the role of Zurga in Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, recently withdrew from the production due to personal circumstances....
Metropolitan Opera Star Jennifer Rowley Headlines Fort Worth Opera's 2019 Southern So Photo Metropolitan Opera Star Jennifer Rowley Headlines Fort Worth Opera's 2019 Southern Soirée
by A.A. Cristi - December 14, 2018

Fort Worth Opera is delighted to announce today that renowned soprano Jennifer Rowley will headline the company's Southern Soiree Gala on May 4 at The Stonegate Mansion, as part of the 2019 Fort Worth Opera Festival. Praised by The New York Times as "a singer of enormous gift and promise," a "force ...
The Moores School of Music Announces HANSEL AND GRETEL Photo The Moores School of Music Announces HANSEL AND GRETEL
by Julie Musbach - December 11, 2018

The Moores School of Music at the University of Houston presents Hansel and Gretel....
Houston Grand Opera Returns To Wortham Theater With THE FLYING DUTCHMAN Photo Houston Grand Opera Returns To Wortham Theater With THE FLYING DUTCHMAN
by A.A. Cristi - October 19, 2018

Houston Grand Opera opens its 64th season with The Flying Dutchman, Wagner's eerie romance about the redeeming and transformative power of a woman's love. This new production by director Tomer Zvulun, making his HGO debut, heightens the dramatic elements of the famous legend of a cursed ghost ship. ...
Ars Lyrica Houston Produces its First Full-Length Baroque Opera AGRIPPINA Photo Ars Lyrica Houston Produces its First Full-Length Baroque Opera AGRIPPINA
by Julie Musbach - October 09, 2018

Ars Lyrica Houston presents its first full-length Baroque opera production on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 pm & Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 pm in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The cast for Ars Lyrica's production of this early Handel masterpiece includes: Sofia Selowsky as ...
Ars Lyrica Houston Opens 'Out of the Box' Season with RE-GIFTING WITH ROYALTY Photo Ars Lyrica Houston Opens 'Out of the Box' Season with RE-GIFTING WITH ROYALTY
by Julie Musbach - August 13, 2018

Leading from the harpsichord, Artistic Director Matthew Dirst joins returning soloists Lauren Snouffer (soprano), Colin St-Martin (Baroque flute), and Elizabeth Blumenstock(Baroque violin) and the Ars Lyrica ensemble for 'Re-gifting with Royalty'...
Houston Grand's Perryn Leech Named One Of Houston's Admired Business Leaders Photo Houston Grand's Perryn Leech Named One Of Houston's Admired Business Leaders
by Julie Musbach - July 27, 2018

Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) managing director, Perryn Leech, has been named one of Houston's most admired business leaders in the nonprofit category by the Houston Business Journal, (HBJ). A panel of judges chose 35 for-profit leaders and 13 non-profit leaders to receive this new inaugural award. Th...
Houston Grand Opera Closes Extraordinary 2017-18 Season With Hurricane Losses Offset Photo Houston Grand Opera Closes Extraordinary 2017-18 Season With Hurricane Losses Offset By Major Philanthropic Support
by A.A. Cristi - May 30, 2018

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announced at its annual meeting today that its 2017-18 season, dramatically relocated after Hurricane Harvey, closed on a strong financial footing despite nearly $15 million of losses due to the storm and related costs. Lower sales income than in previous seasons was signif...
Houston Grand Opera Appoints Eun Sun Kim Principal Guest Conductor Photo Houston Grand Opera Appoints Eun Sun Kim Principal Guest Conductor
by Julie Musbach - May 17, 2018

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has appointed Eun Sun Kim as principal guest conductor starting in the 2019-20 season. She will be the first person to hold this position since 1993, when Vjekoslav Sutej completed two seasons in the role. Ms. Kim will conduct at least one opera per season, beginning with R...
Houston Grand Opera To Celebrate Return To Wortham Theater Center With HGO And Plácid Photo Houston Grand Opera To Celebrate Return To Wortham Theater Center With HGO And Plácido
by A.A. Cristi - May 14, 2018

When Houston Grand Opera (HGO) opened its first season in Houston's new opera house at the Wortham Theater Center in 1987, world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo starred in Verdi's Aida. Now, just over 30 years later, Domingo will again take the Wortham stage on September 26 for HGO and Placido-Coming...
Houston Grand Opera Announces New Opera Web Series STAR-CROSS'D Photo Houston Grand Opera Announces New Opera Web Series STAR-CROSS'D
by Julie Musbach - March 20, 2018

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) invites audiences to explore 21st-century opera viewing with Star Cross'd, a new streaming series of short opera films based on true personal experiences with Romeo and Juliet themes....
BWW Interview: BARBER OF SEVILLE Star Eric Owens Talks Pressure, Comedy, and Proper B Photo BWW Interview: BARBER OF SEVILLE Star Eric Owens Talks Pressure, Comedy, and Proper Booing Technique
by Katricia Lang - February 06, 2018

Eric Owens and I discuss stand-up comedy, Star Wars, and how Europeans boo an opera production without booing the performers. And, on occasion, we discuss his reasons for being in Houston: To perform the lead role in Houston Grand Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE as well as guest judge for the company'...
Houston Grand Opera Announces CONCERT OF ARIAS 2018 Winners Photo Houston Grand Opera Announces CONCERT OF ARIAS 2018 Winners
by A.A. Cristi - February 02, 2018

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announced today the winners of the 30th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers that took place at Stude Concert Hall at Rice University. For the second time, the Concert of Arias was streamed live on Facebook, as well as on YouTube for the first time. The liv...
Houston Grand Opera Presents WEST SIDE STORY, NORMA, and More This Spring Photo Houston Grand Opera Presents WEST SIDE STORY, NORMA, and More This Spring
by A.A. Cristi - January 31, 2018

Houston Grand Opera presents Bernstein's West Side Story (April 20 - May 6), Bellini's Norma (April 27 - May 11), and return of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (May 17, 19, 20) at HGO Resilience Theater World's first mariachi opera returns after New York triumph Houston, January 29, 2018 - Houston Grand O...
Opera in the Heights Presents New Production of Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA on Febru Photo Opera in the Heights Presents New Production of Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA on February 16
by Julie Musbach - January 31, 2018

Opera in the Heights (Oh!) presents a new look at Verdi's tale of regicide, Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), from February 16 - 24 at Lambert Hall....
Houston Grand Opera's Opera To Go! Presents Free World Premiere Performances Photo Houston Grand Opera's Opera To Go! Presents Free World Premiere Performances
by A.A. Cristi - January 24, 2018

Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) Opera to Go! presents the world premiere of Monkey & Francine in the City of Tigers, with music by rising composer Kamala Sankaram and libretto by David Johnston, February 2 and 3, 9:30 and 11 a.m. both days, at Heinen Theater, 3517 Austin St., Houston. Performance...
Houston Grand Opera Will Premiere THE PHOENIX in 2018-19 Season; Full Line-Up Announc Photo Houston Grand Opera Will Premiere THE PHOENIX in 2018-19 Season; Full Line-Up Announced!
by Nicole Rosky - January 22, 2018

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present its 2018-19 season in its creative home at Houston's Wortham Theater Center after a year of displacement due to damage to the building from Hurricane Harvey. The 64th season will open October 19, 2018, with HGO's first performances in 20 years of Wagner's roman...
Houston Grand Opera Announces Concert of Arias 2018 Semifinalists Photo Houston Grand Opera Announces Concert of Arias 2018 Semifinalists
by Rebecca Russo - January 19, 2018

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen the semifinalists for the 30th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias, to be presented in the Stude Concert Hall at Rice University on February 1, at 7 p.m. A limited number of general admission tickets for the performance are avai...
Houston Grand Opera Celebrates FIGARO At Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Happy Hour Photo Houston Grand Opera Celebrates FIGARO At Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Happy Hour
by A.A. Cristi - January 11, 2018

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. and Houston Grand Opera (HGO) reunite for a happy hour to celebrate the opening of Rossini's The Barber of Seville on Jan. 26 and Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, FIIIGAAARO beer (Figaro for short). This beer was originally brewed in collaboration with HGO to celebrate the op...