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Marian’s Song

Friday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Houston Grand Opera’s 68th world premiere—the HGO-commissioned Marian’s Song, composed by Damien Sneed to a libretto by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Houston’s poet laureate emeritus—debuted in February 2020. The opera is based on the life of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century, who broke racial barriers throughout her storied career. Now audiences can enjoy a new filmed version of this innovative fusion of opera, spoken word, and multimedia projections.

Cast and Creative


Navaeh Johnson

Tina B

Marian Anderson

Zoie Reams

Billy King/Classmate

Nicholas Newton

Jane/Mrs. Roberts/Eleanor Roosevelt

Cynthia Clayton

Pastor/Promoter/Walter White

Geoffrey Peterson


Damien Sneed

Librettist Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton


Benjamin Manis

Stage Director

Dennis Whitehead Darling

Assistant Stage Director

Eboni Bell

Chorus Master/Principal Coach

Kevin J. Miller

Set Realizer

Brian Ruggaber

Costume Designer

Kristie C. Osi Shackelford

Lighting & Projection Design

Driscoll Otto

Stage Manager

Annie Wheeler

Assistant Stage Manager

Meg Edwards

Projected Titles Translation - Spanish

Jasmine Mendez

Projected Titles - English

Jeremy Johnson


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.




Grand Underwriter

National Endowment for the Arts


Glen Rosenbaum

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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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