Concert of Arias



Each year, after an exhaustive international search, a select group of young singers arrive in Houston with the hope of joining the Sarah and Ernest Butler Houston Grand Opera Studio. The final stage of this competition is presented live, for you, in an evening of soul-stirring music that will leave you breathless. These are tomorrow’s brightest young stars. Your support is a chapter in their story. Full of suspense, high stakes, immense promise, audience participation, and fun—this is the Concert of Arias.

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Join us after the Concert of Arias for a celebration dinner with the finalists. Packages can be purchased with concert tickets included by hosting a table or reserving a seat.


Butler Studio

HGO’s Butler Studio is one of the most respected young artist programs in the world. For more than thirty years, the Butler Studio has provided eight to twelve young singers and pianists per season a bridge between full-time training and full-fledged operatic careers. During a residency of up to three years, each artist trains and hones their craft on the HGO mainstage and at other venues around our great city. Alumni of the Butler Studio go on to perform at the most esteemed opera houses in the world—and many of these world-renowned artists regularly return to the HGO stage and back to the audiences who helped launch their careers!

To learn more about Butler Studio’s history, artists, and the studio life, visit our Butler Studio page. 

36th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers

The Concert of Arias represents the purest distillation of this company's values, as nothing is more important to us than the future of this art form.

Khori Dastoor

General Director and CEO/Margaret Alkek Williams Chair