4 Operas Announced For Houston Grand Opera 2016-17 Winter Season

By David Salazar

The Houston Grand Opera has announced the second half of its 2016-17 season, which kicks off in January with the 30th anniversary of John Adams’ “Nixon in China.”

The opera originally made its world premiere with Houston Grand back in 1987, though this new production is slated to play up the media and technology themes of modern-day. The opera, which presents Nixon’s visit to China, incidentally premieres on Jan. 20, 2017, the day of the inauguration of Donald Trump. There will be a total of five performances on Jan. 22, 24, 26 and 28 with a cast led by Scott Hendricks as the 37th President of the United States, Andriana Chuchman as the first lady and Chad Shelton as Mao Tse-tung. Roberto Spano conducts a production by James Robinson.

The company then takes on Verdi’s famed “Requiem” starting on Feb. 10 for a run of five performances that include Feb. 12, 15, 17 and 18.

Angela Meade will make her HGO debut in the soprano role and will be joined by Sasha Cooke, Alexey Dolgov and Peixin Chen. Patrick Summers conducts.

The company’s ensuing engagement is a production of Gotterdammerung, the final opera of Wagner’s four-part Ring Cycle. The run premieres on April 22 and runs for five performances through May 7.

The run has an all-star cast that includes Simon O’Neill as Siegfried, Christine Goerke as Brunhilde and Jamie Barton as Waltraute among others. The production is by the famed Fura dels Baus (which premiered in Valencia) with Patrick Summers conducting.

The final opera of the season is Mozart’s “The Abduction of the Seraglio” which will run alongside Gotterdammerung. This production kicks off on April 28 and runs for five performances through May 12. The Mozart Opera will feature up and coming stars such as Albina Shagimuratova and Ryan Speedo Green alongside star tenor Lawrence Brownlee. Thomas Rosner conducts.