Houston Grand Opera Kicks off ‘Star-Cross’d’ Series

By David Salazar

Everyone has a grand love story. Now Houston Grand Opera wants you to tell people about it.

The company is making calls for love stories as part of its “Star-Cross’d” series. According to the company’s official website, people can record their story and include a line of “Roméo et Juliette.” They are then asked to upload their recording to YouTube or SoundCloud before sending a link to the company either via email or using the hashtag #HGOStarCrossd on social media.

The company is slated to adapt one story into a 10-15 minute opera webisode with a pilot story selected just last week. However, the company continues to accept rolling admissions.

The company is currently in the midst of giving free outdoor performances of “The Elixir of Love.” The first performances took place this past weekend, with one final show on Friday, May 26.

The company recently completed its 2016-17 season, which featured a number of incredible operas including “The Elixir of Love,” “Faust,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Nixon in China,” Verdi’s “Requiem,” Götterdämmerung,” and “The Abduction from the Seraglio.”

Next season, the company will showcase “La Traviata,” “Julius Caesar,” “The House Without a Christmas Tree,” “Elektra,” “The Barber of Seville,” “West Side Story,” and “Norma.”