Jun 30, 2017
On May 22, 2017, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) proudly announced the most ambitious artistic community initiative in its history: Seeking the Human Spirit (STHS). The six-year (2017–23) initiative strives to emphasize spiritual themes in opera, and thus expand and deepen Houstonians’ connections to opera and to art.
Mar 9, 2017
Opera plumbs the depths like no other art. We need look no further than HGO’s 2017–18 season to reinforce that point. In Verdi’s La traviata, Bellini’s Norma, and Bernstein’s West Side Story, wrenching conflicts between passion and duty drive protagonists to make the ultimate sacrifice, and smoldering revenge drives the title character of Elektra to commit murder.
Dec 22, 2016
Have you ever heard of Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne? Even the greatest composers have written works that do not succeed. That is one reason why opera companies and funders have taken an increasing interest in holding opera workshops during the creative process.
Nov 18, 2016
I recently heard that the two least popular music styles are rap and opera. I’d say it’s because each requires active listening. At an opera performance, there is a hefty amount of information coming at you from the stage. So how do we make opera less intimidating?
Nov 7, 2016
We always work to make even the smallest details of our props historically accurate because it helps the performers really believe in the world they are creating onstage. For the upcoming world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life, we bought some historical bank deposit slips on eBay and Amazon. With computer technology we recreated them using the name of the bank that the main character, George Bailey, owned.
Oct 17, 2016
It’s not the sound of singers, although that is part of it. It’s not the return of familiar faces, although they are a part of it. It’s not the volume of laughter—although that is certainly a big part of it. All of these things signal the start of the season, and they are bound together with a creative energy that makes the whole building seem to hum.
Sep 21, 2016
During the month of September HGO is celebrating the life of Rudy Avelar, the HGO's director of patron services, who passed away over the summer. For nearly 40 years Rudy was at every performance greeting patrons, making problems go away, and indulging his love of opera and its performers.
Aug 23, 2016
This summer I had a lighter performance schedule than usual, which was exactly what was intended and needed after the demanding summit of Siegfried, which will remain one of the most joyous memories I’ve ever had as a conductor.
Aug 9, 2016
“I don’t want them to notice,” says Dotti Staker, the Wig and Makeup Department head at Houston Grand Opera.
Jul 25, 2016
It is just a shelf of hardbound books to some, but to me it represents a lifetime of knowledge and aspiration.