Meet You on the Hill!
On May 19 and 20, Houston Grand Opera will present two free performances of Verdi’s La traviata at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, one of our city’s true jewels. Thousands of Houston families will converge for an evening of entertainment on the hill, enjoying the same acclaimed production, directed by Arin Arbus, that opened our season last fall.
A Grand Tradition
HGO’s very first Opera Ball took place in 1960, just five years after the company’s inception. The theme was Viennese Elegance, the chair was Betty Lou Carter, and it was an unforgettable celebration of this art form and the incredible people who bring it to Houston. A new tradition was born.
Out Of Character: Ryan Mckinny
Suave. Elegant. Charismatic. Riveting. Devilishly attractive. A voice that drips with gold. These are just a few bits of the rapturous acclaim bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, one of the leading artists in all of opera, has received over his career, which was launched right here in Houston.
Puccini’s Tosca, first as a famous-but-now-forgotten play, is one of the few indestructibly enduring operas, and the title role remains a destination achievement for great sopranos. The play was written in 1887 by the once-famous Victorien Sardou for his era’s most compelling actress, the French Sarah Bernhardt, who performed it all over the world, including many U.S. cities, where she packed houses playing the role in French with an English-speaking supporting cast.
What I wish Houstonians understood about homelessness
I first came on as interim president and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County in 2019. The CFTH is an independent nonprofit organization that was founded in 1982. We’re somewhat unique in that we do not provide direct services to people experiencing homelessness; we’re more like “air traffic control” for the homeless response system, which is called The Way Home. In short, we coordinate the collective impact.