About the 2020-21 Season
A Special Message from the Office of the General Director
Hello HGO Family,
This year continues to be challenging in more ways than one.
After carefully weighing options, in accordance with recommendations from global health leaders, it is with heavy hearts we have made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining mainstage productions for the 2020–21 season. We now plan to resume live, in-person performance in the fall of 2021.
Although this season has not been anything we expected, it has been such a joy to create and share new digital offerings with you over the course of the last few months. From recitals featuring beloved HGO artists Tamara Wilson, Reginald Smith, Jr., and Richard Bado, to our annual Studio Showcase and the quirky and comedic Vinkensport, it has meant the world to us to get back to the work of creating art.
When we first announced that we would not move forward with live performances this fall or winter, we were hopeful that conditions would allow for us to welcome you back to the Wortham in the spring of 2021. After waiting and hoping, it has become clear that our spring 2021 repertoire works, the classic musical The Sound of Music and boundary-breaking new opera Breaking the Waves, cannot go forward as planned.
Thankfully, not all the news we bring you today is unhappy. Our continued hiatus from live performance means we can expand and extend the fantastic Sarah and Ernest Butler HGO Digital season for you to enjoy. The work generated by the HGO Digital series has also allowed us to bring some artists, musicians, and other colleagues back to work.
During our hiatus from performing live, we will extend the HGO Digital, the Sarah and Ernest Butler Performance Series, season through June 2021 and expand the roster of artistic offerings planned.
The updated lineup of HGO Digital recitals and productions for 2020–21 is as follows:
- Live from The Cullen: Arturo Chacón Cruz and Kirill Kuzmin – November 13, 2020
- Double Bill: Bon Appétit! and The Impresario – November 27, 2020
- The Snowy Day Project – December 10, 2020
- HGO Studio Holiday Celebration – December 18, 2020 – NEW
- Live from The Cullen: Sasha Cooke and Kirill Kuzmin – January 8, 2021
- Giving Voice – January 22, 2021
- 33rd Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers “Concert of Arias” Livestream – February 5, 2021
- Margaret Atwood, Jake Heggie, and Joshua Hopkins’s Songs for Murdered Sisters – February 19, 2021 – NEW
- Live from The Cullen: Jack Swanson and Richard Bado – March 12, 2021
- Suite Española – March 26, 2021 – NEW DATE
- Live from The Cullen: Nicole Heaston and Richard Bado – April 9, 2021 – NEW
- Hansel and Gretel – May 28, 2021 – NEW DATE
- Marian’s Song – June 19, 2021 – NEW RECORDING
All HGO Digital productions will be staged according to strict safety protocols, under the guidance of the HGO Health Advisory Committee, composed of healthcare professionals from our partner Houston Methodist.
A profound thank you to our generous donors, who believe that especially now, having great opera in our community is essential. Their financial support at this critical time is truly inspiring.
For full details on the season update, please read our press release HERE.
Wishing you all the best,
Artistic and Music Director
Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
Sarah and Ernest Butler Chair
While we cannot wait to welcome you back to The Wortham Center, keeping our beloved audience, artists, and staff safe during this time remains our top priority.
The unavoidable cancellation of our 2020–21 season impacts every member of our community, including artists, musicians, stagehands, and staff members. HGO is committed to the livelihood of all those involved in producing great opera in Houston.
Which live events have been canceled?
- All mainstage productions for the 2020–21 Opera Season
- All HGOco in-person performances and events
- The HGO Studio Showcase
The arts bring us together and give us hope and inspiration, especially in challenging times. They matter deeply to Houstonians, and we are doing everything in our power to keep the music going while our stages are dark. We have developed a full digital season to keep opera alive in Houston and in our hearts. You can learn about the incredible season we have developed at HGO.org/Digital.
Our hearts are touched by the continued outpouring of support, love, and positivity from our loyal subscribers and supporters. With you all by our side, we will get through this. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your belief in the power of great art, and for your support of the HGO family.
If you have a subscription for the 2020–21 season, your tickets will be automatically transferred to the 2021–22 season. There are no additional charges for this transfer. Your seats will remain the same.
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How can you help?
1. Donate directly to the support the artists campaign.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to financially impact our organization, especially our artists. We cannot navigate this crisis without your support. Your gift right now will make a critical difference. Click here to donate now.
2. Donate the value of your tickets.
If you choose to donate the cost of your subscription back to HGO, you will still be able to keep your seats for the 2021-22 season. This is a tax-deductible donation, and you will receive a receipt for your records. Please use this form to donate your tickets to help HGO support this effort.
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How to stay connected to HGO
Since the show must go on, we will be creating a space of hope and resilience on social media. From excerpts of operas from over the years, to personal videos with artists and staff members, we want to make sure you are getting your opera fix! With so much fear and frustration dominating our newsfeeds, we hope to provide a bit of relief and positivity during this challenging time.
- We are delighted to continue our weekly radio broadcasts in partnership with Houston Public Media. We invite you to tune in every week on Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. (CDT) for more of our favorite operas from HGO’s history.
- We will present bi-monthly video content for our audiences. A full schedule of content and information on how to access these videos will be available at HGO.org/Digital.
We will announce a new series of online content soon.