A six-year multidisciplinary initiative designed to highlight the universal spiritual themes raised in opera and to expand and deepen Houstonians’ connections to opera and to art.
Handel: Saul • Fall 2019
Personal identity is threatened when power and glory is passed onto the next generation. How does Saul, the King of Israel, confront his waning power as he watches David seize the attention and influence he once knew? Barrie Kosky’s colorful and dramatic production explores issues relating to identity and aging and their effects on mental health.
Javier Martínez & Leonard Foglia: El Milagro del Recuerdo / The Miracle of Remembering • Holiday 2019
How is identity shaped by the choices we make? Laurentino and Chucho return home for Christmas and struggle with how their lives in America have distanced them from their cultural roots and the families they leave behind. We witness how identity is influenced when one leaves their country in order to provide for their family and how that affects the relationships they have with those they love.
Donizetti: La favorite • Winter 2020
A love triangle involving the King of Castile, Alfonso XI, his mistress, Leonora (the favorite), and her secret lover, Fernando, unfolds amidst the Arab occupation of 14th century Iberia and the power struggles between church and state. La Favorite reveals how lives are impacted when identities remain secret amid religious and political conflict.
Mozart: The Magic Flute • Spring 2020
Mozart's classic like you’ve never seen it before is realized through the asthetics of Silent Film and interactive projections. Prince Tamino sets out to rescue the beautiful Pamina, who, with the help of Papageno, finds her own means of escape. Along the way, both are tested by trials and forces of evil that challenge them to discover their own truth and identity in a new and enlightened world.
Check back soon for updates on the 2020–21 season
Verdi: La traviata • Fall 2017
Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek: The House without a Christmas Tree • December 2017
Bellini: Norma • Spring 2018
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman • Fall 2018
Catán: Florencia en el Amazonas • Winter 2019
Tarik O'Regan and John Caird: The Phoenix • Spring 2019
Opera takes the human spirit in this grand cathartic way and sings it back to you.
Happy Birthday, Marian!
February 27, 2020- 6:30pm
A candlelight labyrinth, music and spoken word tribute to honor the celebrated singer Marian Anderson.
Free and open to the public
Songs on the Water - This event has been cancelled
March 28, 2020- 4pm & 6pm
March 29, 2020- 4pm & 6pm
Enjoy a transformative 90-minute boat ride on the Buffalo Bayou that includes a recital, wine and snacks.
Through the Lens: Identity in the 21st Century
Film shorts exploring identity through music and media by students from The Art Institute of Houston, Houston Community College, University of Houston, and Jack Yates High School
April 23, 2020- 7pm
Hines Building, 1100 Louisiana Street
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The Women's Home/ The Institute for Spirituality & Health at Texas Medical Center
The Courage to Search - a 14-week spiritual exploration program supporting women in recovery. HGO facilitates an empathy workshop, lunch time recital and Q&A by a mainstage artist. Participants attend one performance of an HGO mainstage opera.
Music Therapy Program residency working with residents in the Psychiatric short term care unit. HGO Studio Artists or HGOco Teaching Artists will work with program therapists to integrate song into recovery care and self-management. The 3-day residencies will also take place in December, February, and May .
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What I love about opera is that it connects us all…We are communicators, we are messengers. We are not the message.
1100 Louisiana/Fantome Tower L.P.
Reginald C. Adams
AFA Houston Girls Chorus
The Art Institute of Houston, Department of Media Arts
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Emancipation Park Conservancy
Harris County Juvenile Detention Services
Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer
Holocaust Museum Houston
Houston Community College, Department of Media Arts
Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine
Houston Playback Theater
The Institute of Spirituality and Health, Texas Medical Center
Jack Yates High School
Karen Stokes Dance
MECA—Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts
The Menninger Clinic
Mental Health America of Greater Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Rice University, Department of Religion
St. John’s United Methodist Church, Downtown
The Women’s Home
University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
VIP Arts Houston
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir