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Returning Home: Houston Grand Opera & The Wortham

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Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has been a staple in Houston’s fine arts community since 1955. Since then, HGO has grown into a $27-million-dollar enterprise that brings world-class productions to the stage every season, making it one of the largest, most innovative and most highly acclaimed opera companies in the United States. In fact, it was the only American finalist for Opera Company of the Year at the 2017 International Opera Awards. 

Photo Courtesy of Cory Weaver

Last season was perhaps the company’s most challenging season, due to Hurricane Harvey flooding HGO’s creative home, the Wortham Theater Center. Under the leadership of Managing Director Perryn Leech, HGO built the Resilience Theater inside an exhibit hall of the George R. Brown Convention Center and staged the entire season in this theater without changing a single performance date. Now, HGO will make its much-awaited return to the Wortham for the 2018-19 season.  

The 2018-19 HGO season includes the return of one of the most famous operas of all time, Puccini’s La Bohème, and the return of Houston favorite Ana María Martínez starring in the title role of Catán Florencia en el Amazonas. New productions of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Mozart’s Don Giovanni will feature the latest trends in set design, and Bizet’s rarely performed gem The Pearl Fishers will be performed at HGO for the first time. The entire city is thrilled to have HGO back at the Wortham and is eagerly awaiting the first Brown Theater world premiere in over eight years of The Phoenix by John Caird and Tarik O’Regan.

For tickets to the Houston Grand Opera or for more information, visit their website.


Featured image courtesy of HGO.

Local Houstonian and Editor + Digital Director of Houston Hotel Magazine. Follow her on Instagram for her latest adventures, @emilylunstroth.

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