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Suite Española: Explorando Iberia

Friday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, March 26, Houston Grand Opera will present the digital premiere of Suite Española: Explorando Iberia, created by HGO Artistic Advisor Ana María Martínez, one of the greatest sopranos in the world. The concert will celebrate the music of Spain, including the art form known as zarzuela, or Spanish musical theater, by featuring a collage of selections from the repertoire’s most beautiful pieces.

Martínez will be joined by pianist Kevin J. Miller, guitarist Jeremy Garcia, and percussionist Richard Brown; flamenco dancers Manuel Gutierrez Cabello and Ana María Barceló; and two HGO Studio artists, tenor Ricardo Garcia and baritone Blake Denson. Cuban artist Irma La Paloma serves as choreographer, and Ecuadorian composer Chia Patiño, stage director for the University of Texas Butler Opera Center, directs.

Suite Española: Explorando Iberia will be available to stream for free on HGO Digital for one month following release.

Cast and Creative

Vocal Soloist

Ana María Martínez

Vocal Soloist

Ricardo García

Vocal Soloist

Blake Denson

Solo Dancer

Manuel Gutierrez Cabello

Solo Dancer

Ana María Barceló


Jeremy García


Richard Brown



Chía Patiño

Projection Designer

S. Katy Tucker


Irma La Paloma

Principal Coach / Pianist

Kevin J. Miller

Projected Titles

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 Underwriters


Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Vilas


Glen Rosenbaum

Gloria Portela and Dick Evans

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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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