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The Making of The Snowy Day: An Opera for All

Thursday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.

The world premiere of composer Joel Thompson and librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney’s new opera, based on the beloved children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats, has been delayed, but audiences can enjoy a documentary on the creation of the work, which shares the heartwarming story of Peter, a young boy exploring New York City on a snowy day—who is also the first Black American protagonist of a mainstream children’s book.

Documentary Cast and Creative

Composer

  Joel Thompson*
Librettist   Andrea Davis Pinkney*
     
Peter  

Raven McMillon† 

Brenda Harvey-Traylor Fellow

Amy / Ensemble 

 

Elena Villalón†

Dian and Harlan Stai Fellow

Mama / Ensemble 

  Karen Slack*

Daddy / Tim / Ensemble 

 

Nicholas Newton† 

Nancy Haywood/Kathy Moore and Steve Homer/Jill and Allyn Risley Fellow

Papi / Jasper / Ensemble 

 

Andrés Acosta 

Billy / Ensemble 

 

Cory McGee *† 

Beth Madison Fellow

Ensemble 

 

Ricardo Garcia † 

Michelle Beale and Dick Anderson/Dr. Ellen Gritz and Mickey Rosenau Fellow

     

Conductor

 

Patrick Summers

Margaret Alkek Williams Chair

Documentary Director and Producer

  Annalise Ophelian

Producing Director, HGO

  Molly Dill

Video Producer, HGO

  Daniel James

Production Manager, HGO

 

Kristen Burke 

Special Guests

Perryn Leech, Managing Director, Houston Grand Opera

Sarah and Ernest Butler Chair 

 

 

Kiana Caleb, Production Underwriter

 

 

Deborah Pope, Executive Director, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation 

 

 

* Houston Grand Opera Debut

† Houston Grand Opera Studio artist

‡ Former Houston Grand Opera Studio artist 

Opera Cast and Creative

Composer

  Joel Thompson*
Librettist   Andrea Davis Pinkney*
     
Peter  

Raven McMillon† 

Brenda Harvey-Traylor Fellow

Amy / Ensemble 

 

Elena Villalón†

Dian and Harlan Stai Fellow

Mama / Ensemble 

  Karen Slack*

Daddy / Tim / Ensemble 

 

Nicholas Newton† 

Nancy Haywood/Kathy Moore and Steve Homer/Jill and Allyn Risley Fellow

Papi / Jasper / Ensemble 

 

Andrés Acosta 

Billy / Ensemble 

 

Cory McGee *† 

Beth Madison Fellow

Ensemble 

 

Ricardo Garcia † 

Michelle Beale and Dick Anderson/Dr. Ellen Gritz and Mickey Rosenau Fellow

     

Conductor

 

Patrick Summers

Margaret Alkek Williams Chair

Director

 

Omer Ben Seadia 

Scenic Designer   Amy Rubin

Costume Designer 

  Jessica Jahn

Lighting Designer

  Michael James Clark

Choreographer / Movement Director 

 

Courtney D. Jones 

Dramaturg

 

Jeremy Johnson

Musical Preparation 

 

Kevin Miller, Peter Pasztor ‡, Bin Yu Sanford,

Stephanie Larsen and Lynn Des Prez/Valerie and Miguel Miro-Quesada Fellow † 

Assistant Director 

 

Katrina Bachus

Stage Manager

 

Annie Wheeler

* Houston Grand Opera debut

† Houston Grand Opera Studio artist

‡ Former Houston Grand Opera Studio artist 

 

The entire staff of HGO contributed to the success of this production. For a full listing of the company’s staff, please visit HGO.org/about-us/people

Performing artists, stage directors, and choreographers are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists, the union for opera professionals in the United States.

 

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.

Sponsors

Guarantors

 

 

 

HGO would like to thank the following supporters of next season's mainstage production of The Snowy Day:

 

Sara and Bill Morgan


The Powell Foundation


Robin Angly and Miles Smith

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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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