Live from The Cullen Recitals
March 12 – Jack Swanson
April 9 – Nicole Heaston
Don’t miss HGO’s exciting new Live from The Cullen recital series, featuring renowned opera stars performing songs of their own selection over a series of intimate evenings filmed on the Cullen stage. This is your opportunity to hear opera stars in repertoire you might not get to experience at Houston Grand Opera during a regular season. These are truly special events—mark your calendars!
Live from The Cullen: Sasha Cooke/Kirill Kuzmin – Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sasha Cooke has been called a “luminous standout” by the New York Times. Her appearances with HGO include an acclaimed performance of Verdi’s Requiem in 2017. Cooke is an experienced recitalist who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, among many others, and will draw from her extensive repertoire for her digital recital with HGO Studio alumnus and principal coach Kirill Kuzmin on piano. A graduate of Rice University and The Juilliard School, she lives in Houston. Available on-demand through February 7.
Live from The Cullen: Jack Swanson/Richard Bado Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Young sensation Jack Swanson is best known for his interpretations of Rossini and Donizetti. Originally from Stillwater, Minnesota, he received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Rice University. A finalist in HGO’s 2016 Concert of Arias, Swanson performed in HGO’s 60th-anniversary gala in 2015 and had been set to appear in HGO’s now-canceled La Cenerentola in January 2021; instead, he will be the star of this digital recital of works that are sure to showcase his incredible range, featuring HGO Director of Artistic Operations and Chorus Master Richard Bado on piano. Available on-demand through April 11.
Live from The Cullen: Nicole Heaston/Richard Bado – Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Beloved soprano and HGO Studio alumna Nicole Heaston has had a storied international career, but she always comes back to her hometown of Houston and HGO, including performing the role of Mimì in La bohème in 2018. Her close collaborative relationship with HGO continues during the HGO Digital season, with roles in Vinkensport, The Impresario, Giving Voice, and now, this wonderful recital featuring classics from the American songbook, featuring HGO Director of Artistic Operations and Chorus Master Richard Bado on piano. Available-on demand through May 9.
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Live from The Cullen: Tamara Wilson/Patrick Summers – Friday, September 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Incredible soprano Tamara Wilson, an HGO Studio alumna, is internationally known for her interpretations of Verdi, Mozart, Strauss, and Wagner. Her appearances with HGO, her home company, include her role debut as Chrysothemis in Elektra in 2018 and the title role of Aida in 2020. In 2016 Wilson won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, an annual prize given to a rising American opera singer on the “threshold of a major international career.” Her digital recital will feature songs by Henry Purcell, Aaron Copland, Amy Beach, Rossini, and more, with HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers on piano. Available on-demand through October 17; view program here.
Live from The Cullen: Reginald Smith Jr./Richard Bado – Friday, October 9, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Reginald Smith Jr. has been hailed by Opera News as having “one of the most exciting baritone sounds to come along in years.” A beloved HGO Studio alumnus and frequent company collaborator, earlier this year he played the role of Amonasro in Aida and performed in HGO’s wildly successful Giving Voice concert. Smith, a Grand Finals winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, hails from Atlanta. His digital recital will feature selections by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Owens, Camille Nickerson, H. Leslie Adams, and more, with HGO Director of Artistic Operations and Chorus Master Richard Bado on piano. Available on-demand through November 8; view program here.
Live from The Cullen: Arturo Chacón-Cruz/Kirill Kuzmin – Friday, November 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Sought-after tenor and HGO Studio alumnus Arturo Chacón-Cruz has given private recitals for Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos of Spain, among many other storied performances, including playing the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto with HGO last season. Originally from Sonora, Mexico and currently residing in Miami, Chacón-Cruz was named the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Emerging Star of 2017 by the San Francisco Opera. His digital recital will feature songs by Leonard Cohen, Consuelo Velázquez, María Grever, Giacomo Puccini, and more, with HGO Studio alumnus and principal coach Kirill Kuzmin on piano. Available on-demand through December 13; view program here.
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