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Publications & Media

Houston Grand Opera produces five issues of our house program/magazine Opera Cues, and four issues of Opera Unleashed, a special newsletter for HGO contributors each season. Click below to view the online versions.

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Please note that the images in the Press Photo gallery are solely for use by news media and reviewers. For all other purposes please contact Melissa Arredondo, Elmore Public Relations Inc., melissa@elmorepr.com.

Press Releases

Houston Grand Opera's press area contains media resources including press releases, reviews, and production photography.
For more information on the 2015-16 season, view the press pages below.

Media inquiries: Melissa Arredondo, Elmore Public Relations Inc., melissa@elmorepr.com.

Daily News

4.19 Texas Classical Review

It’s been called the greatest Broadway musical of all time, and even opera purists have to admit that the quality of the music, the intensity of the drama, and the bold approach to urban conflict make Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story a landmark of American culture.

4.19 Houston Press

Filming all over Houston, Houston Grand Opera has taken up the usual operatic themes of romance, heartbreak and sacrifice, and employed them in a new area: streaming videos. The first episode will air this Friday and it, like all the others to come, is based upon a true story.

4.18 Culture Map Houston

Sophisticated Hollywood glam mingled perfectly with the rock star life in true Houston fashion, as locals donned lavish, one-of-a-kind gowns to party with 500 of their closest friends — and ’80s star David Lee Roth  at the Houston Grand Opera’s Opera Ball.

4.18 Houston Chronicle

It’s the final moments of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic “West Side Story,” which compels Francesca Zambello to wonder, “When is it going to stop?” She means the lessons this production contains, some that never seem to be remembered — from the cost of violence to the dividing lines of tribalism.

4.18 Houston Chronicle

“I was 45. And he was 29.”

Those are the first, trembling words the Houston woman said as she nervously took the stage and recounted her tale, “I Can Die Now,” at a Moth event featuring true stories told live that has been watched 24 million times online. 

4.17 Broadway World Opera World

At a time when our nation is wrestling with tough questions about immigration, Houston Grand Opera is bringing back its bilingual production of CRUZAR LA CARA DE LA LUNA ("To Cross the Face of the Moon"), a moving story that chronicles the joys and struggles of three generations of a family divided between countries and cultures through the rich melodies of mariachi. 

4.16 Paper City

Once again, The Post Oak at Uptown proved to be a splendid venue for larger-than-life galas. Saturday night's Houston Grand Opera Ball fairly glowed with a dazzling presentation of entertainment, beautiful people, grand decor and a $1.25 million windfall. "An Evening in Old Hollywood" was the theme that inspired playful moments and glorious junctures.

4.16 Houstonia Magazine

Choreographer Julio Monge explains how he taught opera singers how to move.

4.18 Houston Chronicle

It’s the final moments of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic “West Side Story,” which compels Francesca Zambello to wonder, “When is it going to stop?” She means the lessons this production contains, some that never seem to be remembered — from the cost of violence to the dividing lines of tribalism.

4.9 Broadway World Opera World

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced today that Christian Van Horn - "one of those treasurable singers in whose presence one can entirely relax, assured that everything he does will be delivered with solid interpretive insight and unfailingly attractive tone" (Opera News) - has been named as the winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award. 

4.5 Out Smart Houston

The groundbreaking ethnic musical about teenage violence—which out director Francesca Zambello is staging with the Houston Grand Opera April 20–May 6—sounds like something from the latest news cycle.

4.1 Houston Press

Enter here for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Cruzar la Cara de la Luna at the HGO Resilience Theater on either May 17, 19, or 20.

3.20 Broadway World Opera World

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. Each episode will include a line from Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet. The series's pilot, "Boundless," will be released online at HGO.org on April 20 to coincide with the opening of HGO's new production of Bernstein's West Side Story (also based on Romeo and Juliet). 

3.12 Houston Chronicle

The annual Houston Grand Opera Studio Showcase - a program of staged scenes from a variety of different operas - usually takes place in the fall, affording us a preview of the HGO season to come. But last year, Hurricane Harvey came roaring into Houston the day before rehearsals were scheduled to begin.

3.5 Broadway World Opera World

Renowned experimental, often-controversial opera and theater director Peter Sellars will join Debbie McNulty, director of Mayor Turner's Office of Cultural Affairs, and Patrick Summers, artistic director of Houston Grand Opera, in a public conversation about art and activism moderated by the Rothko Chapel's executive director, David Leslie, on Tuesday, March 20, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St., Houston

3.2 Broadway World Opera World

THE GOOD NEWS:

An old art form gets a new life that reflects the diversity of America today. While an elderly man rests his ailing body in bed, his son sits on a stool beside him holding a guitar in his hands. He begins to play. Above the plucked notes, the son’s voice rises, singing a Mexican folk ballad, “En Frágiles Alas” (“On Fragile Wings”), to his bedridden father.

Press Photos

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Please note that the images in the Press Photo gallery are solely for use by news media and reviewers. For all other purposes please contact Melissa Arredondo, Elmore Public Relations Inc., melissa@elmorepr.com.