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We are proud to partner with Houston Public Media to bring some of our favorite operas to the radio! With the support of HPM's Classical station, you will have two opportunities each week to listen to broadcasts: Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m.

Our schedule includes:

      • July 31 and August 1: The Merry Widow, 2003 (Lehár)
      • August 7 and 8: Lucia di Lammermoor, 2011 (Donizetti)
      • August 14 and 15: Ariadne auf Naxos, 2011 (Strauss)
      • August 21 and 22: The Masked Ball, 2007 (Verdi)
      • August 28 and 29: Manon Lescaut, 2006 (Puccini)

There are several ways to tune in:

The arts bring us together and give us hope and inspiration, especially in challenging times. We cannot thank our friends at Houston Public Media enough for helping us fill your homes with great opera.

The Merry Widow, 2003 (Lehár)

This broadcast will be available until 9/14/20.

Vicomte Cascada   Aaron Judisch
Baron Mirko Zeta   Dale Travis
Valencienne   Laquita Mitchell
Sylviane   Kristin Reiersen
Olga   Angela Niederloh
Praskowia   Brooks Almy
Camille de Rosillon   Chad Shelton
Raoul de St. Brioche   Nicholas Phan
Kromov   Harrison G. Moore
Njegus   Jason Graae
Hanna Glawari   Susan Graham
Count Danilo   Bo Skovhus
Bogdanowitsch   Joshua Winograde
Pritschitsch   Ethan Watermeier
Maitre d’Hotel   John Kaiser

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor

Act I 

Baron Mirko Zeta, the Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris, is hosting a party for his countrymen and Parisian society. A young Frenchman, Camille de Rosillon, is flirting with the Baron's wife Valencienne, while her husband ponders a bigger problem: How can he save his country from impending bankruptcy? Hanna Glawari, the beautiful and wealthy young widow of a Pontevedrian banker, has just arrived in Paris. But if she marries a Frenchman, her millions will be lost to the Fatherland so the ambassador has determined Hanna must wed a Pontevedrian. He has decided that the ideal bridegroom is the first secretary of the embassy, Danilo Danilovich, with whom Hanna was romantically involved in the past. Hanna sweeps into the ballroom surrounded by a galaxy of hopefuls. She is flattered by the attention, but wonders if it is only because of her wealth. The Baron escorts her to dinner. Meanwhile, Danilo arrives at the party but promptly falls asleep, exhausted from too little sleep and too much drink at Maxim's, his favorite spot in town. Hanna discovers the sleeping Danilo and awakens him. They reminisce over their old affair, but Danilo emphatically tells her she will never hear him say "I love you," for he refuses to court her like her greedy admirers. Valencienne and Camille enter. She has forbidden Camille to declare his love, so he has written on her fan the words "I love you." Suddenly Valencienne realizes she has lost the fan and, in a panic, sends Camille to look for it. The Baron tries to persuade Danilo to marry Hanna. Danilo refuses, but offers to keep foreign suitors away from the widow. When the "ladies' choice" dance is announced, Hanna chooses Danilo as her partner. He declines and proposes to auction off the dance she has offered him for a starting bid of 10,000 francs. The other suitors back away, unable to pay such a price, leaving Danilo and Hanna alone for a waltz.

Act II

The following evening, Hanna hosts a party at her home. The lost fan has found its way to the Baron's hands. When Danilo enters, the Baron produces the fan, inquiring whether the Count recognizes the handwriting on it. Danilo identifies it as Camille's; now, both men are anxious to learn who the lady in question might be. Fearful of being discovered, Valencienne tells Camille that they must not see each other again, but Camille persuades her to meet him one last time in the garden pavilion. The Baron, arriving in the pavilion to meet with Danilo, is shocked to glimpse his wife with Camille. To protect Valencienne, Hanna quickly exchanges places with her. Both the Baron and Danilo are amazed when Hanna and Camille exit the pavilion together and she mischievously announces their engagement. The Baron is horrified, since her marriage to a Frenchman will bankrupt Pontevedro. Camille objects to her declaration, and Danilo storms off to Maxim's. Hanna is jubilant, now sure that he indeed loves her.

Act III

Everybody meets at Maxim's, where the grisettes, the Parisian cabaret girls, perform their famous can-can. The Baron and Danilo are arguing about Hanna when, to everyone's surprise, in walks the merry widow herself. The maitre d' clears the room, leaving Hanna and Danilo alone. Flustered, Danilo forbids Hanna to marry Camille and is delighted when she explains to him what really happened in the pavilion. As they dance, their friends sneak back in to witness the reunion. The Baron, faced with evidence that the lost fan belongs to his own wife, decides to divorce Valencienne and ask for Hanna's hand in marriage. However, it is revealed that Hanna will lose her fortune if she remarries. Danilo asks Hanna: "Is this true? You would have no money?" This changes everything: he can now say the words he swore he would never say, and the crowd cheers the match.

La Cenerentola,
2007 (Rossini)

This broadcast will be available until 8/3/20.

Vicomte Cascada   Aaron Judisch
Baron Mirko Zeta   Dale Travis
Valencienne   Laquita Mitchell
Sylviane   Kristin Reiersen
Olga   Angela Niederloh
Praskowia   Brooks Almy
Camille de Rosillon   Chad Shelton
Raoul de St. Brioche   Nicholas Phan
Kromov   Harrison G. Moore
Njegus   Jason Graae
Hanna Glawari   Susan Graham
Count Danilo   Bo Skovhus
Bogdanowitsch   Joshua Winograde
Pritschitsch   Ethan Watermeier
Maitre d’Hotel   John Kaiser

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor

Act I 

Baron Mirko Zeta, the Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris, is hosting a party for his countrymen and Parisian society. A young Frenchman, Camille de Rosillon, is flirting with the Baron's wife Valencienne, while her husband ponders a bigger problem: How can he save his country from impending bankruptcy? Hanna Glawari, the beautiful and wealthy young widow of a Pontevedrian banker, has just arrived in Paris. But if she marries a Frenchman, her millions will be lost to the Fatherland so the ambassador has determined Hanna must wed a Pontevedrian. He has decided that the ideal bridegroom is the first secretary of the embassy, Danilo Danilovich, with whom Hanna was romantically involved in the past. Hanna sweeps into the ballroom surrounded by a galaxy of hopefuls. She is flattered by the attention, but wonders if it is only because of her wealth. The Baron escorts her to dinner. Meanwhile, Danilo arrives at the party but promptly falls asleep, exhausted from too little sleep and too much drink at Maxim's, his favorite spot in town. Hanna discovers the sleeping Danilo and awakens him. They reminisce over their old affair, but Danilo emphatically tells her she will never hear him say "I love you," for he refuses to court her like her greedy admirers. Valencienne and Camille enter. She has forbidden Camille to declare his love, so he has written on her fan the words "I love you." Suddenly Valencienne realizes she has lost the fan and, in a panic, sends Camille to look for it. The Baron tries to persuade Danilo to marry Hanna. Danilo refuses, but offers to keep foreign suitors away from the widow. When the "ladies' choice" dance is announced, Hanna chooses Danilo as her partner. He declines and proposes to auction off the dance she has offered him for a starting bid of 10,000 francs. The other suitors back away, unable to pay such a price, leaving Danilo and Hanna alone for a waltz.

Act II

The following evening, Hanna hosts a party at her home. The lost fan has found its way to the Baron's hands. When Danilo enters, the Baron produces the fan, inquiring whether the Count recognizes the handwriting on it. Danilo identifies it as Camille's; now, both men are anxious to learn who the lady in question might be. Fearful of being discovered, Valencienne tells Camille that they must not see each other again, but Camille persuades her to meet him one last time in the garden pavilion. The Baron, arriving in the pavilion to meet with Danilo, is shocked to glimpse his wife with Camille. To protect Valencienne, Hanna quickly exchanges places with her. Both the Baron and Danilo are amazed when Hanna and Camille exit the pavilion together and she mischievously announces their engagement. The Baron is horrified, since her marriage to a Frenchman will bankrupt Pontevedro. Camille objects to her declaration, and Danilo storms off to Maxim's. Hanna is jubilant, now sure that he indeed loves her.

Act III

Everybody meets at Maxim's, where the grisettes, the Parisian cabaret girls, perform their famous can-can. The Baron and Danilo are arguing about Hanna when, to everyone's surprise, in walks the merry widow herself. The maitre d' clears the room, leaving Hanna and Danilo alone. Flustered, Danilo forbids Hanna to marry Camille and is delighted when she explains to him what really happened in the pavilion. As they dance, their friends sneak back in to witness the reunion. The Baron, faced with evidence that the lost fan belongs to his own wife, decides to divorce Valencienne and ask for Hanna's hand in marriage. However, it is revealed that Hanna will lose her fortune if she remarries. Danilo asks Hanna: "Is this true? You would have no money?" This changes everything: he can now say the words he swore he would never say, and the crowd cheers the match.

La bohème, 2002 (Puccini)

This broadcast will be available until 8/10/20.

Vicomte Cascada   Aaron Judisch
Baron Mirko Zeta   Dale Travis
Valencienne   Laquita Mitchell
Sylviane   Kristin Reiersen
Olga   Angela Niederloh
Praskowia   Brooks Almy
Camille de Rosillon   Chad Shelton
Raoul de St. Brioche   Nicholas Phan
Kromov   Harrison G. Moore
Njegus   Jason Graae
Hanna Glawari   Susan Graham
Count Danilo   Bo Skovhus
Bogdanowitsch   Joshua Winograde
Pritschitsch   Ethan Watermeier
Maitre d’Hotel   John Kaiser

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor

Act I 

Baron Mirko Zeta, the Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris, is hosting a party for his countrymen and Parisian society. A young Frenchman, Camille de Rosillon, is flirting with the Baron's wife Valencienne, while her husband ponders a bigger problem: How can he save his country from impending bankruptcy? Hanna Glawari, the beautiful and wealthy young widow of a Pontevedrian banker, has just arrived in Paris. But if she marries a Frenchman, her millions will be lost to the Fatherland so the ambassador has determined Hanna must wed a Pontevedrian. He has decided that the ideal bridegroom is the first secretary of the embassy, Danilo Danilovich, with whom Hanna was romantically involved in the past. Hanna sweeps into the ballroom surrounded by a galaxy of hopefuls. She is flattered by the attention, but wonders if it is only because of her wealth. The Baron escorts her to dinner. Meanwhile, Danilo arrives at the party but promptly falls asleep, exhausted from too little sleep and too much drink at Maxim's, his favorite spot in town. Hanna discovers the sleeping Danilo and awakens him. They reminisce over their old affair, but Danilo emphatically tells her she will never hear him say "I love you," for he refuses to court her like her greedy admirers. Valencienne and Camille enter. She has forbidden Camille to declare his love, so he has written on her fan the words "I love you." Suddenly Valencienne realizes she has lost the fan and, in a panic, sends Camille to look for it. The Baron tries to persuade Danilo to marry Hanna. Danilo refuses, but offers to keep foreign suitors away from the widow. When the "ladies' choice" dance is announced, Hanna chooses Danilo as her partner. He declines and proposes to auction off the dance she has offered him for a starting bid of 10,000 francs. The other suitors back away, unable to pay such a price, leaving Danilo and Hanna alone for a waltz.

Act II

The following evening, Hanna hosts a party at her home. The lost fan has found its way to the Baron's hands. When Danilo enters, the Baron produces the fan, inquiring whether the Count recognizes the handwriting on it. Danilo identifies it as Camille's; now, both men are anxious to learn who the lady in question might be. Fearful of being discovered, Valencienne tells Camille that they must not see each other again, but Camille persuades her to meet him one last time in the garden pavilion. The Baron, arriving in the pavilion to meet with Danilo, is shocked to glimpse his wife with Camille. To protect Valencienne, Hanna quickly exchanges places with her. Both the Baron and Danilo are amazed when Hanna and Camille exit the pavilion together and she mischievously announces their engagement. The Baron is horrified, since her marriage to a Frenchman will bankrupt Pontevedro. Camille objects to her declaration, and Danilo storms off to Maxim's. Hanna is jubilant, now sure that he indeed loves her.

Act III

Everybody meets at Maxim's, where the grisettes, the Parisian cabaret girls, perform their famous can-can. The Baron and Danilo are arguing about Hanna when, to everyone's surprise, in walks the merry widow herself. The maitre d' clears the room, leaving Hanna and Danilo alone. Flustered, Danilo forbids Hanna to marry Camille and is delighted when she explains to him what really happened in the pavilion. As they dance, their friends sneak back in to witness the reunion. The Baron, faced with evidence that the lost fan belongs to his own wife, decides to divorce Valencienne and ask for Hanna's hand in marriage. However, it is revealed that Hanna will lose her fortune if she remarries. Danilo asks Hanna: "Is this true? You would have no money?" This changes everything: he can now say the words he swore he would never say, and the crowd cheers the match.

La Traviata, 2003 (Verdi)

This broadcast will be available until 8/17/20.

Vicomte Cascada   Aaron Judisch
Baron Mirko Zeta   Dale Travis
Valencienne   Laquita Mitchell
Sylviane   Kristin Reiersen
Olga   Angela Niederloh
Praskowia   Brooks Almy
Camille de Rosillon   Chad Shelton
Raoul de St. Brioche   Nicholas Phan
Kromov   Harrison G. Moore
Njegus   Jason Graae
Hanna Glawari   Susan Graham
Count Danilo   Bo Skovhus
Bogdanowitsch   Joshua Winograde
Pritschitsch   Ethan Watermeier
Maitre d’Hotel   John Kaiser

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor

Act I 

Baron Mirko Zeta, the Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris, is hosting a party for his countrymen and Parisian society. A young Frenchman, Camille de Rosillon, is flirting with the Baron's wife Valencienne, while her husband ponders a bigger problem: How can he save his country from impending bankruptcy? Hanna Glawari, the beautiful and wealthy young widow of a Pontevedrian banker, has just arrived in Paris. But if she marries a Frenchman, her millions will be lost to the Fatherland so the ambassador has determined Hanna must wed a Pontevedrian. He has decided that the ideal bridegroom is the first secretary of the embassy, Danilo Danilovich, with whom Hanna was romantically involved in the past. Hanna sweeps into the ballroom surrounded by a galaxy of hopefuls. She is flattered by the attention, but wonders if it is only because of her wealth. The Baron escorts her to dinner. Meanwhile, Danilo arrives at the party but promptly falls asleep, exhausted from too little sleep and too much drink at Maxim's, his favorite spot in town. Hanna discovers the sleeping Danilo and awakens him. They reminisce over their old affair, but Danilo emphatically tells her she will never hear him say "I love you," for he refuses to court her like her greedy admirers. Valencienne and Camille enter. She has forbidden Camille to declare his love, so he has written on her fan the words "I love you." Suddenly Valencienne realizes she has lost the fan and, in a panic, sends Camille to look for it. The Baron tries to persuade Danilo to marry Hanna. Danilo refuses, but offers to keep foreign suitors away from the widow. When the "ladies' choice" dance is announced, Hanna chooses Danilo as her partner. He declines and proposes to auction off the dance she has offered him for a starting bid of 10,000 francs. The other suitors back away, unable to pay such a price, leaving Danilo and Hanna alone for a waltz.

Act II

The following evening, Hanna hosts a party at her home. The lost fan has found its way to the Baron's hands. When Danilo enters, the Baron produces the fan, inquiring whether the Count recognizes the handwriting on it. Danilo identifies it as Camille's; now, both men are anxious to learn who the lady in question might be. Fearful of being discovered, Valencienne tells Camille that they must not see each other again, but Camille persuades her to meet him one last time in the garden pavilion. The Baron, arriving in the pavilion to meet with Danilo, is shocked to glimpse his wife with Camille. To protect Valencienne, Hanna quickly exchanges places with her. Both the Baron and Danilo are amazed when Hanna and Camille exit the pavilion together and she mischievously announces their engagement. The Baron is horrified, since her marriage to a Frenchman will bankrupt Pontevedro. Camille objects to her declaration, and Danilo storms off to Maxim's. Hanna is jubilant, now sure that he indeed loves her.

Act III

Everybody meets at Maxim's, where the grisettes, the Parisian cabaret girls, perform their famous can-can. The Baron and Danilo are arguing about Hanna when, to everyone's surprise, in walks the merry widow herself. The maitre d' clears the room, leaving Hanna and Danilo alone. Flustered, Danilo forbids Hanna to marry Camille and is delighted when she explains to him what really happened in the pavilion. As they dance, their friends sneak back in to witness the reunion. The Baron, faced with evidence that the lost fan belongs to his own wife, decides to divorce Valencienne and ask for Hanna's hand in marriage. However, it is revealed that Hanna will lose her fortune if she remarries. Danilo asks Hanna: "Is this true? You would have no money?" This changes everything: he can now say the words he swore he would never say, and the crowd cheers the match.

Falstaff, 2005 (Verdi)

This broadcast will be available until 8/24/20.

Vicomte Cascada   Aaron Judisch
Baron Mirko Zeta   Dale Travis
Valencienne   Laquita Mitchell
Sylviane   Kristin Reiersen
Olga   Angela Niederloh
Praskowia   Brooks Almy
Camille de Rosillon   Chad Shelton
Raoul de St. Brioche   Nicholas Phan
Kromov   Harrison G. Moore
Njegus   Jason Graae
Hanna Glawari   Susan Graham
Count Danilo   Bo Skovhus
Bogdanowitsch   Joshua Winograde
Pritschitsch   Ethan Watermeier
Maitre d’Hotel   John Kaiser

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor

Act I 

Baron Mirko Zeta, the Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris, is hosting a party for his countrymen and Parisian society. A young Frenchman, Camille de Rosillon, is flirting with the Baron's wife Valencienne, while her husband ponders a bigger problem: How can he save his country from impending bankruptcy? Hanna Glawari, the beautiful and wealthy young widow of a Pontevedrian banker, has just arrived in Paris. But if she marries a Frenchman, her millions will be lost to the Fatherland so the ambassador has determined Hanna must wed a Pontevedrian. He has decided that the ideal bridegroom is the first secretary of the embassy, Danilo Danilovich, with whom Hanna was romantically involved in the past. Hanna sweeps into the ballroom surrounded by a galaxy of hopefuls. She is flattered by the attention, but wonders if it is only because of her wealth. The Baron escorts her to dinner. Meanwhile, Danilo arrives at the party but promptly falls asleep, exhausted from too little sleep and too much drink at Maxim's, his favorite spot in town. Hanna discovers the sleeping Danilo and awakens him. They reminisce over their old affair, but Danilo emphatically tells her she will never hear him say "I love you," for he refuses to court her like her greedy admirers. Valencienne and Camille enter. She has forbidden Camille to declare his love, so he has written on her fan the words "I love you." Suddenly Valencienne realizes she has lost the fan and, in a panic, sends Camille to look for it. The Baron tries to persuade Danilo to marry Hanna. Danilo refuses, but offers to keep foreign suitors away from the widow. When the "ladies' choice" dance is announced, Hanna chooses Danilo as her partner. He declines and proposes to auction off the dance she has offered him for a starting bid of 10,000 francs. The other suitors back away, unable to pay such a price, leaving Danilo and Hanna alone for a waltz.

Act II

The following evening, Hanna hosts a party at her home. The lost fan has found its way to the Baron's hands. When Danilo enters, the Baron produces the fan, inquiring whether the Count recognizes the handwriting on it. Danilo identifies it as Camille's; now, both men are anxious to learn who the lady in question might be. Fearful of being discovered, Valencienne tells Camille that they must not see each other again, but Camille persuades her to meet him one last time in the garden pavilion. The Baron, arriving in the pavilion to meet with Danilo, is shocked to glimpse his wife with Camille. To protect Valencienne, Hanna quickly exchanges places with her. Both the Baron and Danilo are amazed when Hanna and Camille exit the pavilion together and she mischievously announces their engagement. The Baron is horrified, since her marriage to a Frenchman will bankrupt Pontevedro. Camille objects to her declaration, and Danilo storms off to Maxim's. Hanna is jubilant, now sure that he indeed loves her.

Act III

Everybody meets at Maxim's, where the grisettes, the Parisian cabaret girls, perform their famous can-can. The Baron and Danilo are arguing about Hanna when, to everyone's surprise, in walks the merry widow herself. The maitre d' clears the room, leaving Hanna and Danilo alone. Flustered, Danilo forbids Hanna to marry Camille and is delighted when she explains to him what really happened in the pavilion. As they dance, their friends sneak back in to witness the reunion. The Baron, faced with evidence that the lost fan belongs to his own wife, decides to divorce Valencienne and ask for Hanna's hand in marriage. However, it is revealed that Hanna will lose her fortune if she remarries. Danilo asks Hanna: "Is this true? You would have no money?" This changes everything: he can now say the words he swore he would never say, and the crowd cheers the match.

Arabella, 1998 (Strauss)

This broadcast will be available until 8/31/20.

Vicomte Cascada   Aaron Judisch
Baron Mirko Zeta   Dale Travis
Valencienne   Laquita Mitchell
Sylviane   Kristin Reiersen
Olga   Angela Niederloh
Praskowia   Brooks Almy
Camille de Rosillon   Chad Shelton
Raoul de St. Brioche   Nicholas Phan
Kromov   Harrison G. Moore
Njegus   Jason Graae
Hanna Glawari   Susan Graham
Count Danilo   Bo Skovhus
Bogdanowitsch   Joshua Winograde
Pritschitsch   Ethan Watermeier
Maitre d’Hotel   John Kaiser

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor

Act I 

Baron Mirko Zeta, the Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris, is hosting a party for his countrymen and Parisian society. A young Frenchman, Camille de Rosillon, is flirting with the Baron's wife Valencienne, while her husband ponders a bigger problem: How can he save his country from impending bankruptcy? Hanna Glawari, the beautiful and wealthy young widow of a Pontevedrian banker, has just arrived in Paris. But if she marries a Frenchman, her millions will be lost to the Fatherland so the ambassador has determined Hanna must wed a Pontevedrian. He has decided that the ideal bridegroom is the first secretary of the embassy, Danilo Danilovich, with whom Hanna was romantically involved in the past. Hanna sweeps into the ballroom surrounded by a galaxy of hopefuls. She is flattered by the attention, but wonders if it is only because of her wealth. The Baron escorts her to dinner. Meanwhile, Danilo arrives at the party but promptly falls asleep, exhausted from too little sleep and too much drink at Maxim's, his favorite spot in town. Hanna discovers the sleeping Danilo and awakens him. They reminisce over their old affair, but Danilo emphatically tells her she will never hear him say "I love you," for he refuses to court her like her greedy admirers. Valencienne and Camille enter. She has forbidden Camille to declare his love, so he has written on her fan the words "I love you." Suddenly Valencienne realizes she has lost the fan and, in a panic, sends Camille to look for it. The Baron tries to persuade Danilo to marry Hanna. Danilo refuses, but offers to keep foreign suitors away from the widow. When the "ladies' choice" dance is announced, Hanna chooses Danilo as her partner. He declines and proposes to auction off the dance she has offered him for a starting bid of 10,000 francs. The other suitors back away, unable to pay such a price, leaving Danilo and Hanna alone for a waltz.

Act II

The following evening, Hanna hosts a party at her home. The lost fan has found its way to the Baron's hands. When Danilo enters, the Baron produces the fan, inquiring whether the Count recognizes the handwriting on it. Danilo identifies it as Camille's; now, both men are anxious to learn who the lady in question might be. Fearful of being discovered, Valencienne tells Camille that they must not see each other again, but Camille persuades her to meet him one last time in the garden pavilion. The Baron, arriving in the pavilion to meet with Danilo, is shocked to glimpse his wife with Camille. To protect Valencienne, Hanna quickly exchanges places with her. Both the Baron and Danilo are amazed when Hanna and Camille exit the pavilion together and she mischievously announces their engagement. The Baron is horrified, since her marriage to a Frenchman will bankrupt Pontevedro. Camille objects to her declaration, and Danilo storms off to Maxim's. Hanna is jubilant, now sure that he indeed loves her.

Act III

Everybody meets at Maxim's, where the grisettes, the Parisian cabaret girls, perform their famous can-can. The Baron and Danilo are arguing about Hanna when, to everyone's surprise, in walks the merry widow herself. The maitre d' clears the room, leaving Hanna and Danilo alone. Flustered, Danilo forbids Hanna to marry Camille and is delighted when she explains to him what really happened in the pavilion. As they dance, their friends sneak back in to witness the reunion. The Baron, faced with evidence that the lost fan belongs to his own wife, decides to divorce Valencienne and ask for Hanna's hand in marriage. However, it is revealed that Hanna will lose her fortune if she remarries. Danilo asks Hanna: "Is this true? You would have no money?" This changes everything: he can now say the words he swore he would never say, and the crowd cheers the match.

Samson and Delilah, 2002 (Saint-Saëns)

This broadcast will be available until 9/7/20.

Vicomte Cascada   Aaron Judisch
Baron Mirko Zeta   Dale Travis
Valencienne   Laquita Mitchell
Sylviane   Kristin Reiersen
Olga   Angela Niederloh
Praskowia   Brooks Almy
Camille de Rosillon   Chad Shelton
Raoul de St. Brioche   Nicholas Phan
Kromov   Harrison G. Moore
Njegus   Jason Graae
Hanna Glawari   Susan Graham
Count Danilo   Bo Skovhus
Bogdanowitsch   Joshua Winograde
Pritschitsch   Ethan Watermeier
Maitre d’Hotel   John Kaiser

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor

Act I 

Baron Mirko Zeta, the Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris, is hosting a party for his countrymen and Parisian society. A young Frenchman, Camille de Rosillon, is flirting with the Baron's wife Valencienne, while her husband ponders a bigger problem: How can he save his country from impending bankruptcy? Hanna Glawari, the beautiful and wealthy young widow of a Pontevedrian banker, has just arrived in Paris. But if she marries a Frenchman, her millions will be lost to the Fatherland so the ambassador has determined Hanna must wed a Pontevedrian. He has decided that the ideal bridegroom is the first secretary of the embassy, Danilo Danilovich, with whom Hanna was romantically involved in the past. Hanna sweeps into the ballroom surrounded by a galaxy of hopefuls. She is flattered by the attention, but wonders if it is only because of her wealth. The Baron escorts her to dinner. Meanwhile, Danilo arrives at the party but promptly falls asleep, exhausted from too little sleep and too much drink at Maxim's, his favorite spot in town. Hanna discovers the sleeping Danilo and awakens him. They reminisce over their old affair, but Danilo emphatically tells her she will never hear him say "I love you," for he refuses to court her like her greedy admirers. Valencienne and Camille enter. She has forbidden Camille to declare his love, so he has written on her fan the words "I love you." Suddenly Valencienne realizes she has lost the fan and, in a panic, sends Camille to look for it. The Baron tries to persuade Danilo to marry Hanna. Danilo refuses, but offers to keep foreign suitors away from the widow. When the "ladies' choice" dance is announced, Hanna chooses Danilo as her partner. He declines and proposes to auction off the dance she has offered him for a starting bid of 10,000 francs. The other suitors back away, unable to pay such a price, leaving Danilo and Hanna alone for a waltz.

Act II

The following evening, Hanna hosts a party at her home. The lost fan has found its way to the Baron's hands. When Danilo enters, the Baron produces the fan, inquiring whether the Count recognizes the handwriting on it. Danilo identifies it as Camille's; now, both men are anxious to learn who the lady in question might be. Fearful of being discovered, Valencienne tells Camille that they must not see each other again, but Camille persuades her to meet him one last time in the garden pavilion. The Baron, arriving in the pavilion to meet with Danilo, is shocked to glimpse his wife with Camille. To protect Valencienne, Hanna quickly exchanges places with her. Both the Baron and Danilo are amazed when Hanna and Camille exit the pavilion together and she mischievously announces their engagement. The Baron is horrified, since her marriage to a Frenchman will bankrupt Pontevedro. Camille objects to her declaration, and Danilo storms off to Maxim's. Hanna is jubilant, now sure that he indeed loves her.

Act III

Everybody meets at Maxim's, where the grisettes, the Parisian cabaret girls, perform their famous can-can. The Baron and Danilo are arguing about Hanna when, to everyone's surprise, in walks the merry widow herself. The maitre d' clears the room, leaving Hanna and Danilo alone. Flustered, Danilo forbids Hanna to marry Camille and is delighted when she explains to him what really happened in the pavilion. As they dance, their friends sneak back in to witness the reunion. The Baron, faced with evidence that the lost fan belongs to his own wife, decides to divorce Valencienne and ask for Hanna's hand in marriage. However, it is revealed that Hanna will lose her fortune if she remarries. Danilo asks Hanna: "Is this true? You would have no money?" This changes everything: he can now say the words he swore he would never say, and the crowd cheers the match.

Thank You

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

Orchestral musicians are represented by the Houston Professional Musicians Association, Local #65-699, American Federation of Musicians.

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