Support HGO Studio

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Opportunities exist to underwrite Studio artist, faculty and leadership positions. 

For more information, please contact Andrea Ward at 713-546-0252 or click here for a full list of underwriting opportunities.

Founded in 1977 by composer Carlisle Floyd and HGO's then-General Director David Gockley, the mission of the HGO Studio is to provide comprehensive career development to young artists who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the field of opera. The Studio's goal is to develop well-rounded professionals by providing the highest quality training combined with a wide range of performance opportunities.


The HGO Studio has become one of the most highly recognized and respected young artist programs in the world. The program’s purpose—investing in exceptional talent to develop extraordinary artists—has been validated by the achievements of our illustrious alumni in opera houses all over the world. One of the HGO Studio’s strengths is its integration with the company as a whole and the opportunities it offers young artists to work and train alongside established and experienced artists, such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Joyce DiDonato, Karita Mattila, Dolora Zajick, Ramón Vargas, and Samuel Ramey, as well as renowned conductors, directors, and designers.


The best talent of the next generation of opera stars will have the finest training available anywhere, and Houston audiences will see them as they mature into greatness.

For a list of HGO Studio events, click here.

The activities of the Houston Grand Opera Studio are supported in part by the following generous donors and funds within the Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc.:

Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Alkek Endowed Fund
Michelle Beale and Dick Anderson
Audrey Jones Beck Endowed Fund
Denise and Philip Bahr
Ursula and Saúl Balagura
Janice Barrow
Dr. Joan Hacken Bitar
Bill and Melinda Brunger
The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation Endowment Fund
Gwyneth Campbell
Thomas Capshaw Endowment Fund
Patrick Carfizzi
Albert and Anne Chao
Molly and James W. Crownover
James J. Drach Endowed Fund 
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Elkins Jr. Endowed Fund
Carol Lynn Lay Fletcher Endowment Fund
David and Norine Gill
Dr. Ellen R. Gritz and Milton D. Rosenau Jr.
Lynn Guggolz
HGO Guild
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund
Nancy and Ted Haywood 
Jackson Hicks
Charlotte Howe Memorial Scholarship Fund
Marianne Kah
Carolyn J. Levy
Elva Lobit Opera Endowment Fund
Beth Madison
Marian and Speros Martel Foundation Endowment Fund
Joe Matulevich and Sasha Davis
Marsha L. Montemayor
Lynne Murray Sr. Educational Foundation
Erin Gregory Neale Endowment Fund
John M. O’Quinn Foundation Endowed Fund
Gloria Portela and Richard E. Evans
Jill and Allyn Risley
Scurlock Foundation
Shell Lubricants (formerly Pennzoil-Quaker State Company) Fund
Jennifer Sickler
Mary C. Gayler Snook Endowment Fund
Dian and Harlan Stai
Terrell Tone Owen Memorial Endowed Fund at the Community Foundation of Abilene
Tenneco, Inc. Endowment Fund
Mary Jane and Robert N. Wakefield