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World Premiere

The Snowy Day

Dec. 9 - Dec 19

Let yourself take a snow day

Relive the joy and wonder of childhood with a story as fresh and lovely as a new coat of snow. Ezra Jack Keats’s award-winning, ever-popular work from 1962, The Snowy Day, was the first mainstream children’s book to feature a Black boy as its protagonist. The story comes to life for the holidays in this anticipated world premiere opera from the brilliant creative duo of composer Joel Thompson and librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney. Join Peter, a young boy out exploring the city alone for the first time, as he experiences the delights of crunching, sliding, and playing in a fresh snowfall and, along the way, learns some truths about life. HGO Studio artist and soprano Raven McMillon takes on the role of Peter, and director Omer Ben Seadia brings the wonder and magic of the boy’s wintry world to life. HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers conducts.

Music by Joel Thompson, libretto by Andrea Davis Pinkney, based on the children’s picture book by Ezra Jack Keats. Opera initially conceived in collaboration with Julia Bullock.

Performance Dates (Tickets on sale for general public on August 16th): 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Sunday, December 12m, 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Friday, December 17, 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Sunday, December 19m, 2021

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    1 hour
  • Language
    Sung in English with projected English text.

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Cast & Creative

Cast
Raven Mcmillon

Raven McMillon

Peter

Flora Hawk (Alt. Cast - 12/15, 12/16)

Peter

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Elena Villalón

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Maria Valdes (Alt. Cast - 12/15, 12/16)

Amy

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Karen Slack

Mama

Aarianna B. Longino (Alt. Cast - 12/15, 12/16)

Mama

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Nicholas Newton

Daddy / Tim

Blake Denson (Alt. Cast - 12/15, 12/16)

Daddy

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Andres Acosta

Papi / Jasper

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Cory McGee

Billy

Ricardo Garcia (Alt. Cast - 12/15, 12/16)

Papi

Hans Tashjian (Alt. Cast - 12/15, 12/16)

Billy

Creative Team
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Joel Thompson

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Andrea Davis Pinkney

Librettist and Director

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Patrick Summers

Conductor

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Omer Ben Seadia

Director

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Amy Rubin

Set Designer

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Jessica Jahn

Costume Designer

Michael James Clark

Lighting Designer

Courtney D. Jones

Choreographer

Jeremy Johnson

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What People Are Saying

“The fact that it’s still around — and picture books are like lettuce in the grocery store, they disappear so fast — the fact that it’s still with us is something,” said Newbery and National Book Award winner Katherine Paterson, who is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. “It’s so important for a child to be able to say, ‘There I am in the book,’ ” said Paterson, whose daughters are Chinese and Native American. “That’s been a wonderful change, even in the lifetime of my children, who are in their 40s now.” 

 

- The Washington Post, 2012 

 

New York Public Library books have been circulating among New York City homes for 125 years. Now the library system, the largest of its kind in the United States, has crunched the numbers to come up with the 10 most checked-out books in its history. 

Perhaps not surprisingly, more than half are books for children or young readers. No. 1 is “The Snowy Day,” Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book that is one of the first to depict an African-American boy, which has been checked out 485,583 times. 

 

- The New York Times, 2020 

Important 2021-22 Season Updates

The safety of our staff, cast, technicians, and audiences remains HGO’s first consideration as we plan our upcoming season. While there will be some changes, including the need for flexibility in seating options, for the Fall Repertoire, we hope to return to normalcy—or close to it—by the holidays.

We are grateful to have wonderful partners in Houston Methodist, who have graciously agreed to guide us as we establish safety protocols. In addition, we have consulted prominent physicians and are working in accordance with world health provider recommendations. The measures HGO is implementing for live performances could include temperature checks before entering the building; a mask requirement that will be in effect throughout the building, including in seats; social distancing; and increased hand sanitation stations.  

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