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Storybook Opera

Storytelling like you've never heard it before

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Storytelling like you’ve never heard it before takes center stage as an opera singer presents an engaging and enjoyable introduction to opera for students Pre-K – 2. This program brings singing storytellers to your school or library for 30 minutes of captivating fun! Storybook Opera is performed across the Houston area at schools and libraries, with a variety of books in both English and Spanish! 

Now offering virtual and live Storybook Opera!

A teaching artist will perform a Storybook Opera live via Zoom, Teams, or your school’s preferred video platform OR an artist will visit your classroom live and in person!

Storybooks Currently Offered:

The Armadillo’s Dream
by Dennis Arrowsmith

This inspiring and timely tale stars an armadillo named Sandy who lives on the Houston bayou and dreams of singing. Though discouraged by the creatures he meets, Sandy is magically transformed during a storm and his shell becomes a part of a production at Houston Grand Opera. 

The Armadillo's Dream was Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera. It was generously underwritten by Connie Kwan-Wong Foundation and CKW Luxe

Lula the Mighty Griot
by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
Composed by John Cornelius

Have you ever wondered why your legs bend in the middle? Or why your knees kiss just a bit? In this 25-minute storybook opera, young audiences will learn the myth of Lula, The Mighty Griot. Her ability to take on the alligators that threaten her town teaches young viewers self-acceptance, confidence, and the power of the everyday story.

Agua, Agüita (Water, Little Water) & Fuego, Fueguito (Fire, Little Fire)
By Jorge Tetl Argueta

In these beautiful, poetic odes to the life-giving force of water and invigorating power of fire, award-winning children's book author Jorge Argueta describes in English, Spanish and Nahuat the life cycle of water and fire. With stunningly beautiful illustrations by Felipe Ugalde Alcántara that depict the natural world, these poems about the importance of water and fire reflect Argueta's indigenous roots and his appreciation for nature.

The Snowy Day

By Ezra Jack Keats

Based on the beloved 1962 children’s book, this story follows a young boy named Peter who explores his neighborhood after the season’s first snowfall. Songs for this storybook are drawn from the world premiere of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Joel Thompsons's The Snowy Day, showing at HGO this December!

Pricing:

English: 

      • $75 for one performance
      • $125 for two performances
      • $175 for three performances

Bilingual:

      • $100 for one performance
      • $150 for two performances
      • $200 for three performances


Fast Facts:  

      • Each season, Storybook Opera travels to an average of 60 elementary schools, libraries and community centers
      • 7,250 children and families experience Storybook Opera every year
      • Generous underwriting and gifts make Storybook Opera affordable, with performances starting at just $75 for one performance
      • Teaching Artists are trained with TEKS-aligned principles at the beginning of each season in order to better engage with classroom curriculum
      • Bilingual performances bring two artists into classrooms, so students receive the entirety of each book in both English and Spanish

 

To book your Storybook Opera experience, email storybook@hgo.org 

  • For more information:
    Email Storybook@HGO.org or call 713-546-0231

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The Armadillo’s Dream
by Dennis Arrowsmith

This inspiring and timely tale stars an armadillo named Sandy who lives on the Houston bayou and dreams of singing. Though discouraged by the creatures he meets, Sandy is magically transformed during a storm and his shell becomes a part of a production at Houston Grand Opera. 

The Armadillo's Dream was Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera. It was generously underwritten by Connie Kwan-Wong Foundation and CKW Luxe

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