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The Impresario

Friday, November 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Mozart’s brief opera—featuring warring divas, a show within a show, and one of the composer’s greatest overtures—gets an English-language retelling from playwright Jim Luigs, the man behind hysterical musical Das Barbecü, based on Wagner’s Ring cycle. The work’s drama-filled auditions take place, appropriately enough, over Zoom. Conducted by HGO Principal Guest Conductor Eun Sun Kim and directed by frequent HGO collaborator Loren Meeker, The Impresario shares a double bill with Bon Appetit!

Cast and Creative

Composer   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Original Librettist   Gottfried Stephanie Jr.
New Story, Script, and Translation   Jim Luigs
Rona Richards   Raven McMillon
Yolanda Cantrell   Nicole Heaston
Edna Mendenhall (The Impresario)   Nova Thomas
Wiley Stonecrop   Frederick Ballentine
Bowie Krebs      William Guanbo Su
Conductor   Eun Sun Kim
HGO Principal Guest Conductor
Director   E. Loren Meeker

Projection Designer

  S. Katy Tucker

Musical Preparation 


Kirill Kuzmin ‡,

Bin Yu Sanford † 

Stage Manager


Annie Wheeler

English Titles


Jeremy Johnson


† Houston Grand Opera Studio artist

‡ Former Houston Grand Opera Studio artist 


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