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Seeking the Human Spirit 2017–2023

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.

WORKS

The 2019–20 season focuses on the theme of “Identity”: 

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

HGO launched Seeking the Human Spirit in 2017–18 season with three works tied to the theme of “Sacrifice”: 

Verdi: La traviata • Fall 2017
 
Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek: The House without a Christmas Tree • December 2017
World Premiere

Bellini: Norma • Spring 2018

HGO continued Seeking the Human Spirit in 2018–19 season with three works tied to the theme of “Transformation”: 

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.

- HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

EVENTS

All events listed below are open to the public.

The Arts of Intimacy
January 16, 2020- 6:30pm

Brown Auditorium Theater, Law Building
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Free and open to the public

Inspired by Houston Grand Opera’s winter production of La favorite, join us for an evening of lecture, music, art and poetry from 14th c. Castilian culture. Rice University professor Dr. Maya Soifir-Irish will provide context on the history and interfaith relations of the period that will also feature performances by Houston Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz, writer and artist Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman, soprano Chabrelle Williams, Michael Fares, oud, and Kyle Comer, guitar.

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Happy Birthday, Marian!
February 27, 2020- 6:30pm
Emancipation Park

A candlelight labyrinth, music and spoken word tribute to honor the celebrated singer Marian Anderson.

Free and open to the public

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Songs on the Water
March 28, 2020- 4pm & 6pm
March 29, 2020- 4pm & 6pm
Allen’s Landing

Enjoy a transformative 90-minute boat ride on the Buffalo Bayou that includes a recital, wine and snacks.
$75 Admission

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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
Free; registration required

PROGRAMS 

Programs listed below are not public events. 

The Women's Home/ The Institute for Spirituality & Health at Texas Medical Center 
Fall 2019

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.


Houston Methodist
December 2019

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 .

EVENTS

Click here for a list of past events

Saul
October
Fri
25
07:30 PM
October
Sun
27
02:00 PM
November
Sat
02
07:30 PM
November
Tue
05
07:30 PM
November
Fri
08
07:30 PM
El Milagro del Recuerdo
December
Thu
05
07:00 PM
December
Sun
08
02:30 PM
December
Fri
13
07:00 PM
December
Sat
14
07:00 PM
December
Sun
15
02:30 PM
December
Thu
19
07:00 PM
December
Fri
20
07:00 PM
December
Sat
21
07:00 PM
December
Sun
22
02:30 PM
La favorite
January
Fri
24
07:30 PM
January
Sun
26
02:00 PM
February
Sat
01
07:30 PM
February
Thu
06
07:30 PM
February
Sun
09
02:00 PM
The Magic Flute
April
Fri
24
07:30 PM
April
Sun
26
02:00 PM
May
Sat
02
07:30 PM
May
Tue
05
07:30 PM
May
Fri
08
07:30 PM

What I love about opera is that it connects us all…We are communicators, we are messengers. We are not the message.

- Ana María Martínez

PARTNERSHIPS & DONORS

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

Discovery Green®

Emancipation Park Conservancy

Gensler

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

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