Sarah and Ernest Butler Performance Series
In lieu of canceled performances in the 2020–21 season, HGO Digital will premiere new digital productions, the Live from The Cullen Recital Series, and a re-envisioned Studio Showcase with Global Streaming Partner Marquee TV.
Digital productions will include David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera; a double bill of Mozart’s The Impresario, featuring a new libretto by Jim Luigs, and Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit!.
Live from The Cullen Recital Series will kick off the season on September 18 with a performance by HGO Studio alumna and international star soprano Tamara Wilson
To support the series, Sarah and Ernest Butler, long-time HGO supporters, have made the extraordinarily generous gift to help underwrite HGO Digital programming. The pledge will support both Houston Grand Opera and Austin Opera, creating a strategic partnership between the two Texas companies.
Viewers around the world will be able to transport themselves to a front row seat and stream exclusive Houston Grand Opera Digital content worldwide through Marquee TV, an on-demand streaming platform dedicated to global arts and culture. Serving up a world-class catalogue of contemporary and classical masterpieces, including dance, opera, theatre, music and arts documentaries, Marquee TV has been designed for a growing digital audience of culture lovers and the arts-curious. This season's partnership arrangement between Houston Grand Opera and Marquee TV is the first of its kind with a US-based performing arts organization, granting Marquee TV access to stream Houston Grand Opera’s 2020–21 season exclusively. The subscription-based arts channel will host Houston Grand Opera’s brand-new content and allow users to access it for free through their website, app, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and other platforms.
You are the reason breathtaking opera in Houston exists today. You know the importance of art and its ability to change lives. Through your support, HGO remains one of the world’s greatest homes for opera.
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the 2020-21 season has been canceled through March 2021. We will welcome audiences back to the Wortham in April 2021 for the HGO premieres of Breaking the Waves and The Sound of Music. HGO patrons and subscribers who currently have tickets for the 2020–21 season will have their subscriptions moved to the following season automatically.