• Support HGO Studio
Support HGO Studio
  • DiDonato HS

    "My time in the Houston Grand Opera Studio
    was invaluable in bridging the gap between my college/conservatory education, and my leap onto the professional stage. The Studio provided every opportunity for me to succeed, guiding the growth of my artistry and giving me the chance
    to develop my own voice in a most demanding field. I will always consider Houston Grand
    Opera my home stage."
    Joyce DiDonato, HGO Studio artist 1996-98 

  • HGO Studio: The next generation of opera stars


    Opportunities exist to underwrite Studio artist, faculty and leadership positions. For more information, please contact Veronica Kannan at 713-546-0235 or click here for a full list of underwriting opportunities.

    Founded in 1977 by composer Carlisle Floyd and HGO's then-General Director David Gockley, the mission of the HGO Studio is to provide comprehensive career development to young artists who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the field of opera. The Studio's goal is to develop well-rounded professionals by providing the highest quality training combined with a wide range of performance opportunities.

    The HGO Studio has become one of the most highly recognized and respected young artist programs in the world. The program’s purpose—investing in exceptional talent to develop extraordinary artists—has been validated by the achievements of our illustrious alumni in opera houses all over the world. One of the HGO Studio’s strengths is its integration with the company as a whole and the opportunities it offers young artists to work and train alongside established and experienced artists, such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Joyce DiDonato, Karita Mattila, Dolora Zajick, Ramón Vargas, and Samuel Ramey, as well as renowned conductors, directors, and designers.

    The best talent of the next generation of opera stars will have the finest training available anywhere, and Houston audiences will see them as they mature into greatness.

    For a list of HGO Studio events, visit https://www.houstongrandopera.org/studio/.

    The activities of the Houston Grand Opera Studio are supported in part by the following generous donors:
    Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Alkek Endowed Fund
    Michelle Beale and Dick Anderson
    Audrey Jones Beck Endowed Fund
    Denise and Philip Bahr
    Ursula and Saúl Balagura
    Janice Barrow
    Dr. Joan Hacken Bitar
    Harold Block and Janet Sims
    Gwyneth Campbell
    Patrick Carfizzi
    Molly and James W. Crownover
    James J. Drach Endowed Fund
    Mr. and Mrs. James A. Elkins Jr. Endowed Fund
    Gloria Portela and Richard E. Evans
    David and Norine Gill
    Dr. Ellen R. Gritz and Milton D. Rosenau Jr.
    Lynn Guggolz
    HGO Guild
    Nancy and Ted Haywood
    Jackson Hicks
    Marianne Kah
    Beth Madison
    Joe Matulevich and Sasha Davis
    Marsha L. Montemayor
    Lynne Murray Sr. Educational Foundation
    John M. O’Quinn Foundation Endowed Fund
    Jill and Allyn Risley
    Scurlock Foundation
    Jennifer Sickler
    Dian and Harlan Stai
    Terrell Tone Owen Memorial Endowed Fund at the Community Foundation of Abilene
    Robert L. Turner in honor of John G. Turner and Jerry G. Fischer
    Mary Jane and Robert N. Wakefield

    Support for Houston Grand Opera Studio is provided by the following funds within the Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc.:
    The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation Endowment Fund
    Thomas Capshaw Endowment Fund
    Carol Lynn Lay Fletcher Endowment Fund
    William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund
    Charlotte Howe Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Elva Lobit Opera Endowment Fund
    Marian and Speros Martel Foundation Endowment Fund
    Erin Gregory Neale Endowment Fund
    Shell Lubricants (formerly Pennzoil-Quaker State Company) Fund
    Mary C. Gayler Snook Endowment Fund
    Tenneco, Inc. Endowment Fund

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