Houston Grand Opera’s ‘Star-Cross’d’ Receives Major Award

By David Salazar

The Houston Grand Opera has received a 2019 Telly Award for its HGOco web series “Star-Cross’d.”

The first episode “Boundless” was the honored episode, gaining an award for Non-Broadcast General – Cultural. The story is based on “I Can Die Now,” a true story of Aryana Rose.

The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens. The Houston Grand Opera has recently received distinctions from the organization for its “Ring Cycle,” which was honored for Branded Content Craft- Directing and Branded Content General – Events

“We are honored to be recognized with a Telly Award for our inaugural ‘Star-Cross’d’ web production, ‘Boundless,’” Carleen Graham, director of HGOco, noted in a press release. “It was truly a team effort involving creative and visionary people to take this true story from a local Houstonian and transform it into an opera. With the popularity of the online series, we hope that ‘Star-Cross’d’ speaks to younger viewers about opera in a fresh way.”

“Boundless” featured work by composer Avner Dorman and librettist Stephan Fleischmann. The cast included Cecilia Duarte, Mark Thomas, and Alexander Smither.