What HGO’s popular Studio Recital series returns with artists of the 2019-20 Houston Grand Opera Studio performing an intimate program of diverse works on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 at Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The up-and-coming singers and pianist, among the most talented in the world of opera, have designed a program consisting of three groups of mixed repertoire that create a loose narrative around stages of life – before, during, and after times of personal/interpersonal upheaval. They will explore how struggles lead to a greater understanding of the world, one’s relationships, and the individual’s place in society. A variety of works have been programmed to take the audience on a journey both in music and text. Among the repertoire, eight languages are represented: Swedish, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and English. The eclectic mix of composers ranges from Chausson and Duparc to the contemporary American composer Lori Laitman and singer-songwriter Luther Vandross. Some of the other composers include Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Obradors, Debussy, and Nordqvist. The recital will illuminate how art relates to the human experience over many centuries and cultures.
The Houston Grand Opera Studio is one of the most respected young artist programs in the country. For more than 40 years, it has served promising singers and pianist/coaches, providing a bridge between full-time training and full-fledged operatic careers. During a residency of up to three years, each performer receives customized training from an expert team while gaining invaluable performance experience at the highest level.
Who Dorothy Gal, soprano
Lindsay Kate Brown, mezzo-soprano
William Guanbo Su, bass
Kyle Naig, piano
When Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.
Where: Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1406 Kirby Dr., Houston, 77019
Tariff Tickets are $40. For more information and to buy tickets, visit HGO.org or call the box office at 713-228-6737.
About Houston Grand Opera
Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is one of the largest, most innovative, and most highly acclaimed opera companies in the United States. HGO was the only American finalist for Opera Company of the Year at the 2017 International Opera Awards. In fulfilling its mission to advance the operatic art to serve an ever-evolving audience, HGO has led the field in
commissioning new works (65 world premieres to date) and in training and nurturing promising young artists and administrators. The company contributes to the cultural enrichment of Houston and the nation through a diverse and innovative program of performances, community events, and education projects that reaches the widest possible public. HGO’s pioneering community engagement initiative, HGOco, has served as a model for other arts organizations.
The NEXUS Initiative is HGO’s multi-year ticket underwriting program that allows Houstonians of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy opera without the barrier of price. Since 2007, NEXUS has enabled more than 250,000 Houstonians to experience superlative opera through discounted single tickets and subscriptions, subsidized student performances, and free productions.
HGO has toured extensively and has won a Tony, two Grammy awards, and three Emmy awards. It is the only opera company to win all three honors.