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Katie: The Strongest of the Strong

Designed with students in mind

Recommended for grades 2-8

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COVID-19 update:  For the 2020-21 season, we are offering Katie:The Strongest of the Strong to students and teachers digitally through a high-quality recorded performance, along with a study guide. The filmed version of Katie—starring wonderful Houston-based mezzo-soprano and frequent HGO collaborator Cecilia Duarte in the title role—is available through May 2021.

Opera to Go! is a fully-staged, high-energy, 45-minute opera, sung entirely in English and designed with students in mind. Opera to Go! is performed across countless schools and community venues all over the greater Houston region as well as to further regions in the great State of Texas.

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2020–21 Opera to Go!

Katie: The Strongest of the Strong
Music by Faye Chiao
Libretto by Anton Dudley
45-minute performance

Based on the life of Austro-American weightlifter Katie Brumbach, Katie: The Strongest of the Strong is the charming and cheeky tale of Katie’s rise to fame, as she outlifts the strongest man in the world then joins the circus and eventually finds her place as an icon of the women’s suffrage movement. Told through the eyes of journalist Marina Martin, a chorus of circus women take on a multitude of characters in this operatic adventure, showing us that strength and beauty come in all shapes and sizes.

View the resource page HERE

2021-22 Opera to Go!

The Barber of Seville in Texas

Music by Gioachino Rossini
Adaptation/Libretto by Kristine McIntyre
Virtual Release Fall 2021/Touring Spring 2022

The year is 1840. Rosina, an orphan, travels from Spain and happily arrives in Texas to live with her uncle, Dr. Bartolo. It’s love at first sight between Rosina and Almaviva, a local ranch owner. Dr. Bartolo won’t allow Rosina out of her room, so she sneaks a note to Almaviva. It is written in Spanish and he cannot understand it. His good friend, Figaro, the famous barber and sabe-lo-todo, helps him translate Rosina’s letter. Will disguises, dictionaries, and shaving cream be enough to confound Dr. Bartolo and can Figaro unite the young lovers before the setting of the Texas sun?

Fun Facts:

      • Each season, Opera to Go! presents over 150 performances by a troupe of dedicated performing artists
      • Nearly 60,000 children and families see an OTG! performance each year
      • To date, 18 OTG! productions have been world premieres
      • OTG! has toured as far as Midland, Laredo and Kerrville, TX
      • Teachers receive a free study guide with TEKS-aligned lesson plans prior to the campus visit
      • Students engage with cast & crew members in a Q & A session following each performance
  • For more info:
    please call 713-546-0231 or email OperaToGo@HoustonGrandOpera.org

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