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  • Houston Grand Opera’s 2015–16 Season Features World Premieres, Next Installment in Company’s First Ring Cycle, and Productions New to Houston

    2015-01-09

    Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) 2015-16 season showcases the vibrant and diverse artistic mix that marks HGO as a leading 21st-century American opera company: Wagner's Siegfried, the third installment of La Fura dels Baus's imaginative Ring cycle featuring a new generation of Wagnerians; the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Prince of Players; Dvořák's fairy tale rarity Rusalka; a holiday revival of family favorite The Little Prince from the award-winning composer Rachel Portman and librettist Nicholas Wright; a new production of The Marriage of Figaro and a new-to-Houston Eugene Onegin; a beloved core production, Tosca; and the Houston debut of Broadway sensation Rob Ashford's take on the classic musical Carousel. Through its community collaboration program HGOco, the company will present two additional world premieres: O Columbia, a chamber opera by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Royce Vavrek that examines the past, present, and future of the American spirit of exploration; and another chamber opera, by composer David Hanlon and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, about the impact of hurricanes on the Texas Gulf coast.

    HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers notes, "Operas are sometimes built around lofty themes, attempting to illuminate something higher than 'mere' humanity. But, excitingly, the entirety of HGO's 2015- 16 season is built around idealistic characters engaged in epic and universal human journeys, and through them we connect to our own journeys. The centerpiece of our season, Carlisle Floyd's daring Prince of Players, is about the theater of life itself, and the variously painful and joyous meanings of the word façade."

    HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech adds, "The Ring represents the most ambitious of operatic tradition, and Prince of Players honors HGO's great tradition of embracing the new. The Little Prince, which HGO premiered in 2003, is now a beloved family staple, and the two HGOco commissions draw directly on stories that shaped the region. The breadth of this season's offerings will connect with and enrich our community's cultural life from many vantage points." 

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