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HGO Premiere

The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp

Apr. 30 - May 15

Follow every rainbow

The beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical comes to the HGO stage for the first time ever with Jeanine De Bique as Maria–the free spirit who is not quite ready to become a nun–and Michael Mayes as Captain von Trapp. The beloved tale of the power of music and family in pre-WWII Austria features some of the best-known songs in American musical theater including “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and “Do-Re-Mi.” Don’t miss the chance to hear this legendary score played by the full HGO Orchestra, conducted by Richard Bado.

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    3 hours. One intermission.
  • Language
    Sung in English with projected English text.

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Important 2020-21 Season Updates

HGO patrons and subscribers who currently have tickets for the 2020–21 season will have their subscriptions moved to the 2021–22 season automatically. In appreciation of their continued support, existing tickets to Breaking the Waves and The Sound of Music will be made complimentary. More information and additional options can be found at or contact Customer Service at 713-228-6737.

What People Are Saying

"Soprano Jeanine De Bique gave a performance of charisma and wit."

– San Francisco Chronicle


"Baritone Michael Mayes, in the title role, sings with great intensity and pathos, drawing the audience in to Rigoletto’s pain. His empathetic portrayal captures the jester’s vulnerability as an outcast and the only protector of his daughter, Gilda. With moments of stirring emotion in each act, Mayes is the moral compass of the opera, laying bare the indignity of it all."

– Houstonia Magazine, HGO Rigoletto (2019)

Cast & Creative

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Jeanine De Bique

Maria Reiner

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Michael Mayes

Captain Georg von Trapp

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Katie Van Kooten

The Mother Abbess

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Daniel Belcher

Max Detweiler

Megan Marino

Elsa Schraeder

Creative Team
Richard Bado


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Peter Davison

Set Designer

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Aleš Valášek

Costume Designer

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Mark McCullough

Lighting Designer

Eric Sean Fogel

Choreographer/Associate Director

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus 

A co-production withGlimmerglass Opera Theater, Inc. 

Production Sponsors

  • The Robert & Jane Cizik Foundation

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Grand Underwriters
  • Margaret Alkek Williams

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  • Tokio Marine

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