Holiday Gift Ideas from HGO

Looking for a great holiday outing for the family? Look no further than HGO's The House without a Christmas Tree! The Wall Street Journal calls it "a charming, family-friendly piece that manages to be heartwarming without being sappy." Running a little over an hour, it's a perfect first opera for children, but there's enough depth to hold adults' interest, too. The opera is based on a book by Gail Rock and the popular TV movie of the same name. A young girl named Addie doesn't understand why her father won't allow a Christmas tree in the house. As she learns the answer and her father learns about the healing power of the holidays, we hear lovely melodies, including a new Christmas carol sung by a chorus of young people. The House without a Christmas Tree, by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek, runs only through December 17, so get your seats now! 

And if you remember the beauty of last year's holiday opera, It's a Wonderful Life, you can share that fresh take on the beloved story with friends and family. HGO's audio recording has been released in a beautiful CD edition from Pentatone, complete with a libretto booklet illustrated with color photos from HGO's world premiere production. The opera, by the celebrated team of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, has been called "charming family entertainment " (Financial Times). You can find it on Amazon in both CD and MP3 formats. Why not pick one up for yourself, while you're at it?

Give your loved ones a theatrical experience they wil always remember: an evening of drama and romance set to Broadway's most captivating music! We're talking about Leonard Bernstein's timeless West Side Story, coming to HGO this April in a brand new production that is sure to wow audiences. Favorite songs like "Tonight," "Maria," "America," and "There's a Place for Us" will spring to life through gorgeous operatic voices and a revival of the show's eye-catching Jerome Robbins choreography.

Happy Holidays!