Monday Night Opera
Monday Night Opera is a series of live conversations open to HGO patrons.
In the spring of 2020, Houston Grand Opera launched its Monday Night Opera series to continue to connect with our audiences during this period when we cannot gather. These fascinating Zoom-streamed conversations—led by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers and Dramaturg Jeremy Johnson—have proven to be very popular among the company’s supporters.
The interactive discussions have ranged from the practical—How does HGO fit multiple grand-scale sets backstage at the Wortham? How is the company confronting COVID-19? What challenges do costume designers face?—to the cerebral, with sessions on the origins of opera, the history of beloved favorites, and even HGO’s own diva, Ana María Martínez, sharing the ways she applies psychology to understand her characters. MNO also allows audiences to go behind the scenes of the exciting HGO Digital season and get to know the incredibly talented artists and creative teams making it happen.
Monday Night Opera is a special event hosted every week at 6:30 p.m., join us for webinars, interviews, and lectures from world-class creative team members, artists, and HGO staff members to get exclusive insights into HGO’s upcoming digital programming and much more.
This Monday Night Opera previews January’s digital release of our second annual Giving Voice concert. Join HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers as he interviews special guests Nicole Heaston, Karen Slack, and Donnie Ray Albert on their careers, Black music and artistry in the opera industry, and HGO’s commitment to equity and diversity.
This Monday Night Opera continues our Opera History 100 series. Join HGO Dramaturg Jeremy Johnson as he discusses the aesthetics and characteristics of the Romantic period of opera composition, and how the operatic tradition evolved from the Classical era into the 19th-century classics that make up much of opera’s standard repertoire.
The Snowy Day, the beloved children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats, broke barriers when it was published in 1962. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, led by its director Deborah Pope, has continued Keats’s legacy and tradition, in part by promoting diversity in children’s literature through the Ezra Jack Keats Award for writers and illustrators. Deborah is joined by The Snowy Day librettist and children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney and her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney, in this interview with HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers.
This week’s Monday Night Opera is a special interview about the life and work of composer Joel Thompson, the brilliant young composer of HGO’s upcoming world premiere, The Snowy Day. Join HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers as he interviews Joel on the creation of his first opera, the choral works that started Joel’s path as a composer, and what Joel has coming up in his skyrocketing career.
Mozart’s one-act Singspiel The Impresario has been translated, re-translated, and updated dozens—if not hundreds—of times over the last 250 years. Join HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers as he interviews playwright Jim Luigs and director E. Loren Meeker on this brand-new script and story created specifically for HGO Digital.
This Monday Night Opera features two special guests, alums of the HGO Studio and superstar singers Jamie Barton and Ryan McKinny. The two teamed up to design the release of Bon Appetit!, a monodrama sung by Jamie and directed for film by Ryan. Join HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers as he interviews them about this project and their careers since leaving the HGO Studio.
Take a look at our next digital release: a double bill of Mozart’s The Impresario in a new script by Jim Luigs, and Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit!, a one-woman masterpiece about Julia Child baking the perfect chocolate cake.
HGO Dramaturg Jeremy Johnson takes an in-depth look at the late 18th-century Classical repertoire and how it bridges the era between Baroque opera and Romantic opera.
This session focuses on David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s comic one-act, Vinkensport, which aired on HGO Digital on Oct. 23. HGO Artistic & Music Director Patrick Summers interviewed David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s about their uproarious piece. For more information on Vinkensport, click here.
Patrons put their opera knowledge to the test at HGO Opera Trivia Night.
Join HGO Dramaturg Jeremy Johnson as he continues his Opera History series, this time looking at the late Baroque operas of the late 17th- and early 18th-centuries and their transition to the Classical repertoire.
Preview the September 25 HGO Digital release of our popular annual event, Studio Showcase, an evening of operatic scenes highlighting the special talents of each of our 2020–21 Studio artists. Join HGO Artistic & Music Director Patrick Summers as he interviews StudioDirector Brian Speck and newly-appointed Studio Music Director Miah Im during a conversation about young artist training.
Patrons put their opera knowledge to the test at HGO Opera Trivia Night.
Join Perryn Leech and HGO Artistic & Music Director Patrick Summers for a preview of HGO Digital – Sarah and Ernest Butler Performance Series, the virtual series we’re planning for the upcoming season. Following a brief preview of the season, Patrick and Perryn will open the floor to the questions and comments you have for HGO.
Patrick Summers talks with a panel of music directors on the various roles they play in season planning, casting, and conducting throughout the country.
Jeremy Johnson lectures on the origins of opera in the Early Baroque and the first major opera composer, Claudio Monteverdi.
Perryn Leech talks about the magic of live theater with a panel of technical artists that specialize in bringing opera to life on stage.
Jeremy Johnson hosts an Opera Unwrapped style lecture on the next four operas in HGO’s weekly radio broadcasts: The Merry Widow, Lucia di Lammermoor, Ariadne auf Naxos, and A Masked Ball.
Patrick Summers interviews world-renowned soprano Ana María Martínez on her long and storied history with HGO—from Studio artist to her current position as Artistic Advisor, she has performed the highest number of leading roles in the company’s history.
Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers talks about the art of conducting and the influence of his late friend and mentor, Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras.
Perryn Leech sits down with members of HGO’s Health Advisory Committee to discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the opera industry.
Dramaturg Jeremy Johnson hosts an Opera Unwrapped style lecture on the next four operas in HGO’s weekly radio broadcasts: La Traviata, Falstaff, Arabella, and Samson and Delilah.
Featuring the President of Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization Ted Chapin
Featuring composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek
Featuring composer Nell Shaw Cohen and librettist Megan Cohen
Featuring Emily D’Angela (Cinderella) and Jack Swanson (Prince Ramiro)
Featuring HGO Director of Artistic Operations/Chorus Master Richard Bado, hosted by Patrick Summers
Featuring composer Joel Thompson and librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney, hosted by Patrick Summers
Featuring HGO Technical and Safety Director Josh McIntosh and Assistant Technical Director Joey Farley, hosted by Perryn Leech
Featuring director Rob Ashford and soprano Isabel Leonard (Carmen), hosted by Perryn Leech and Patrick Summers