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|And you thought opera was boring?|
Youll be up to your armpits in blood, death, betrayal and also laughter (on occasion) in a 2014-15 Houston Grand Opera season filled it with options both classical and innovative, premieres and debuts galore with both established and emerging talents.
Most of all, HGO promises beautiful and masterful voices as Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers continues to bring a wide range of music to the opera stage in Houston.
As previously announced, HGO starts the season with an operatic version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in a very different presentation than the Alley Theatre's tried and true version.
Then it's on to the second part of Wagner's Ring cycle with Die Walküre in a special production put together by the Catalan theater company La Fura dels Baus which is said to be so visually stimulating that you won't notice at all your emerging numb butt syndrome as you take in this lengthy classic.
There's the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner's Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley's Sweeney Todd.
The company will make its first presentation of John Cox's Otello, followed by and the Così fan tutte and Madame Butterfly.
"What is most important to us as a company is presenting the broadest possible selection of repertoire performed by the best established and emerging artists in the world, and that's what we kept in mind while planning this season. Telling stories through music and drama is at the very core of what we do, and this coming season explores many ways in which that can be accomplished. From classic works by Mozart, Wagner, and Verdi, to the wonderfully unique musical world of Stephen Sondheim and the much-anticipated world premiere by Iain Bell, HGO will continue to broaden the scope and meaning of opera for our audience," Summers says.
HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech adds: "With each new season we aim to embrace the longstanding operatic tradition, as seen in the second installment of our first Ring cycle. Presenting new works helps the art continue to flourish and evolve, as highlighted by the coming season's production of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell, which is just the first in a series of holiday-themed operas that we have commissioned. Our 2014-15 season will help us continue to grow our audience, reaching out especially to those who don't yet have a relationship with opera. We believe the coming season's productions will enable us to keep offering the thriving Houston community the cultural enrichment it both needs and deserves."More »