There’s exciting news buzzing in the Houston arts world: The award-winning Houston Grand Opera has announced that it will present its 2018–2019 season at its home, The Wortham Theater Center. HGO was displaced for a year following the damage the theater withstood in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last summer, but the opera company will make a triumphant return to its home stage this fall.
[I]n this important season we are a phoenix of a company, rising not from ashes but from the inundation of Hurricane Harvey that so violently moved us out of our beloved Wortham Theater for a year.
-HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers
Houston Grand Opera’s 64th season will open on October 19, 2018 in grand fashion—with their first performances in 20 years of Wagner’s timeless gothic romance, The Flying Dutchman. Such grand productions as Puccini’s La bohème and Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s masterpiece Don Giovanni are two striking season highlights, while the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan and John Caird’s The Phoenix comes highly anticipated. The first HGO performances of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and a revival of Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas round out the exquisite season.
“Our 2018-19 season is most movingly expressed by The Phoenix,” notes HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers (Margaret Alkek Williams Chair), “because in this important season we are a phoenix of a company, rising not from ashes but from the inundation of Hurricane Harvey that so violently moved us out of our beloved Wortham Theater for a year. This season is built upon a great diversity of voices and artistry, emerging stars and veterans of the operatic stage, familiar operas and operas you will not know but will want to.”
Subscriptions to the 2018–19 season are now available at HGO.org, and single tickets will be available later this summer.
Cover image: HGO’s 2018 production of Elektra, featuring Christine Goerke, Elektra; Tamara Wilson, Chrysothemis. Photo by Lynn Lane. Courtesy of HGO.