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Hansel and Gretel

Friday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m.

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers calls Engelbert Humperdinck’s darkly enchanting classic, based on the fairy tale, one of the greatest and most beautiful operas ever written. This new version created for our digital studio—led by Maestro Summers and director-on-the-rise Lileana Blain-Cruz—will allow audiences to experience the work as never before, with live performances and original animated settings by award-winning visual artist Hannah Wasileski. The production will add new layers of storytelling and visual theatrics to the enchanting opera about a pair of children who encounter a witch after being sent into the woods to forage for strawberries for dinner.

Cast and Creative


Sun-Ly Pierce


Raven McMillon

The Witch

Richard Trey Smagur


Lindsay Kate Brown


Blake Denson

Dew Fairy / Sandman

Elena Villalón




Patrick Summers

Margaret Alkek Williams Chair


Lileana Blain-Cruz

Assistant Director

Katrina Bachus

Visual Design and Original Art

Hannah Wasileski

Costume and Puppet Designer

Montana Levi Blanco

Chorus Master

Richard Bado

The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair


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.





Michaela Greenan

Nicholas Greenan

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2020–21 Season

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the entire live, in-person mainstage 2020-21 season has been canceled. HGO patrons and subscribers who currently have tickets for the 2020–21 season will have their subscriptions moved to the following season automatically.

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