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Character Programs

For the 2021-2022 Season, Seeking the Human Spirit events will focus of the theme CHARACTER.

Panel Discussion:

Turandot and AAPI Representation in Contemporary Opera 

 Wednesday, April 6, 2022 

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Price: FREE

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Considered Giacomo Puccini’s finest musical masterpiece, Turandot transports audiences to a fantasy land based on a Western conception of China. What does it mean to produce an opera like Turandot today?

On the evening of Wednesday, April 6, Houston Grand Opera and Asia Society Texas will host an artist-led panel around AAPI representation, inclusiveness, and equity in opera. This discussion will create an open space for AAPI voices in the Houston community to talk about challenges in the industry while considering a broader conversation around contemporary opera, how Asian and AAPI characters and communities are being portrayed, and opportunities to empower more diverse artists.

This program will be presented in connection with HGO's upcoming production of Turandot.  

Moderator: Khori Dastoor, CEO and General Director of Houston Grand Opera


  • Peixin Chen, bass
  • Shih-Hui Chen, composer
  • Eiki Isomura, Opera in the Heights Artistic Director and Principal Conductor 
  • Claire Liu, HGO Board of Directors Chairperson elect
  • Sun-Ly Pierce, mezzo-soprano and HGO Studio artist 

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