Joe Carl White, executive director of Opera Vista, a 2010 MasterMinds Award winner, says Houston's arts community is a hotbed of innovation and ingenuity, making singling out just three art groups or individuals a year for special notice almost impossible. "There are a lot of great organizations in Houston right now," he tells us. "You could give out a hundred of these awards and every winner would deserve it."
Dave Nickerson Misha Penton, Megan Hanson and Michael Walsh in Wake, by James Norman
Opera Vista has an unusual scope for an opera company. Instead of a season of performances, the group holds an annual competition festival for composers, with the winner being given a full-scale production the following year.
Opera Vista Founder and Artistic Director Viswa Subbaraman says the group choose not to compete with other organizations such as Houston Grand Opera, which was already doing an excellent job of presenting traditional and new works as well as reaching out to schools and students. "Houston Grand Opera does such an incredible job, says Subbaraman. "They're an international level company doing great work...When we looked at that we thought it would be redundant to try to do something that they were already doing.More »