Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera Opens Must-See New Production, The Wreckers, on October 28

Dame Ethel Smyth’s masterpiece receives its first-ever full-scale production from a major American opera company On October 28, 2022, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will open a must-see new production of Dame Ethel Smyth’s epic 1906 opera The Wreckers. This will be the first-ever full-scale production of The Wreckers from a major American opera company. Despite being one of the world’s great operas, The Wreckers was neglected for over a century after its premiere, as the world wasn’t ready for a woman […]

Houston Grand Opera Opens Must-See New Production, The Wreckers, on October 28

Dame Ethel Smyth’s masterpiece receives its first-ever full-scale production from a major American opera company On October 28, 2022, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will open a must-see new production of Dame Ethel Smyth’s epic 1906 opera The Wreckers. This will be the first-ever full-scale production of The Wreckers from a major American opera company. Despite being one of the world’s great operas, The Wreckers was neglected for over a century after its premiere, as the world wasn’t ready for a woman […]

Houston Grand Opera Opens the 2022-23 Season with La traviata on October 21

Verdi’s opera returns to the Wortham Theater five years after Hurricane Harvey On October 21, 2022, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will open the 2022-23 season with Verdi’s La traviata, one of the world’s most beloved—and performed—operas. This production represents Houston audiences’ first opportunity to see award-winning director Arin Arbus’s full vision for the opera at the Wortham Theater Center. In 2017, only weeks after Hurricane Harvey flooded HGO out of its home at the Wortham, the […]

HGO to Present World-Premiere Opera Another City

Company to stage the immersive, site-specific production, which shares stories of unhoused Houstonians, at Ecclesia Houston from March 9 through 11, 2023 Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announces the company-commissioned world premiere opera Another City, created by composer Jeremy Howard Beck and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. Another City will be presented on March 9, 10, and 11, 2023, with performances at the downtown campus of Ecclesia Houston. Bearing witness to the unheard and misunderstood experiences of unhoused Houstonians, the opera presents the collective voices […]

Houston Grand Opera Opens the 2022-23 Season with La traviata on October 21

Verdi’s opera returns to the Wortham Theater five years after Hurricane Harvey What:  On October 21, 2022, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will open the 2022-23 season with Verdi’s La traviata, one of the world’s most beloved—and performed—operas. This production represents Houston audiences’ first opportunity to see award-winning director Arin Arbus’s full vision for the opera at the Wortham Theater Center. In 2017, only weeks after Hurricane Harvey flooded HGO out of its home at the Wortham, the company […]

Houston Grand Opera Presents Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Monday, October 10 through Thursday, October 13 Fun-filled, family-friendly opera comes to Miller Outdoor Theatre Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers, part of its Opera to Go! series specifically designed for students, at Miller Outdoor Theatre from Monday, October 10 through Thursday, October 13. Composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist David Johnston’s original opera was commissioned by HGO and made its world premiere in 2017. The work has gone on […]

Houston Grand Opera Appoints Maureen Zoltek as Music Director of the HGO Studio

HOUSTON – July 11, 2022 – Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is proud to announce Dr. Maureen Zoltek as the incoming Music Director of the HGO Studio, the company’s prestigious training program for the next generation of opera artists. When she assumes the position in September 2022, Zoltek will occupy the Mr. & Mrs. Albert B. Alkek Chair.   As the HGO Studio Music Director, Zoltek will work closely with HGO Studio Director Brian Speck to lead the program, […]

Houston Grand Opera Announces Joel Thompson as the Company’s First Full-Time Composer-in-Residence

Composer of The Snowy Day, HGO’s 71st world premiere, returns to Houston for a new five-year appointment Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is proud to announce the appointment of rising star Joel Thompson as the first full-time Composer-in-Residence in its history. The company has recruited Thompson to Houston after commissioning and staging the 2021 world premiere of his first opera, The Snowy Day. His five-year residency with HGO begins on August 1, 2022. “This position was created for Joel […]

Houston Grand Opera Appoints Jennifer Bowman as Director of Community and Learning

2022-23 season brings exciting and enriching experiences to the Houston community After an extensive search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is proud to announce Jennifer Bowman as the company’s new Director of Community and Learning (formerly HGOco). Jennifer Bowman, a native Houstonian, joins HGO after five years as the Director of Music Education at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She was a standout among a large pool of candidates because of […]

Houston Grand Opera Presents Romeo and Juliet at Miller Outdoor Theatre on May 20 and May 21

HGO Studio artists Ricardo Garcia and Elena Villalón lead the production as the titular lovers On Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present Gounod’s sweeping adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, at Miller Outdoor Theatre in a new production led by the talented artists of the HGO Studio. Featuring a gorgeously opulent score, this is French opera at its finest, with soaring duets for the star-crossed lovers, beautiful choral harmonies, […]