Houston Grand Opera Announces Casting, Scheduling Changes to Digital Season

By David Salazar

Houston Grand Opera has announced a new launch for its HGO Digital season.

The digital program is now set to kick off on Friday, Sept. 18.with a performance by Tamara Wilson and Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. The filming of this recital was postponed due to Hurricane Laura.

“It was important to us that we kick off this new digital season with Tamara on the Cullen stage,” said HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech in a press release. “We are fortunate that our digital season allows us flexibility in scheduling as we could not think of a better voice to sing us into this new venture.”

Additionally, the company announced that the Digital Lineup will now feature Austin Opera Artistic Advisor Timothy Myers. Furthermore, soprano Raven McMillon will join the future world premiere of “The Snowy Day” and the HGO Digital Documentary detailing the new work, which will be released this December. McMillon will step in for Julia Bullock who withdrew due to international restrictions related to COVID-19.

“I’m very sad to announce my withdrawal from Houston Grand Opera’s upcoming world premiere of ‘The Snowy Day,’” said Julia Bullock in a press release. “While travel restrictions and precautions prevent me from traveling internationally for its workshop this fall, I am sustained by being able to provide an opportunity to another young, Black-identifying artist. I wish the cast and creative team all the best as they bring this new musical theater work into existence, and I hope to perform for Houston audiences again soon.”