Sep 27, 2017
Arin Arbus, the director of La traviata, made her HGO debut directing The Rape of Lucretia in 2012. Her production of La traviata has been seen at Canadian Opera Company and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, who co-produced it with HGO.
Sep 22, 2017
If you love French films, mark September 25 at 7 p.m. on your calendar.
Aug 15, 2017
It’s hot, it’s humid; it’s Houston in mid-July. Inside the walls of the Wortham Theater Center are air-conditioned offices filled with bustling staff members determined to make the upcoming season the best one yet. But their administrative efforts to prepare for the 2017–18 productions would amount to little without the musical materials to rehearse the singers and orchestra musicians. That’s why HGO needs 27-year-old Aspen McArthur.
Jul 18, 2017
Summer break is a perfect time for kids to explore new activities they may not have the chance to experience in school or at home. And what better place to do so than summer camp!
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.