Karen Slack, Christine Goerke, Adriana Gonzalez Headline Houston Grand Opera’s 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

The Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2021-22 season, which will feature six productions.

It all starts with Bizet’s Carmen starring Carolyn Sproule, Richard Trey Smagur, Christian Pursell, and Heidi Stober. Lidiya Yankovskaya conducts a production directed by Rob Ashford.

Performance Dates: Oct. 22 – Nov. 7, 2021

Next up is the world premiere of “The Snowy Day.” The new opera by Joel Thompson and Andrea Davis Pinkney will be conducted by Patrick Summers. Raven McMillon, Karen Slack, Elena Villalón, Cory McGee, Andres Acosta, and Nicholas Newton headline the production.

Performance Dates: Dec. 9-19, 2021

Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites will star Natalya Romaniw, Christine Goerke, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Lauren Snouffer, Rod Gilfry, and Eric Taylor. Patrick Summers conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 14-22, 2022

Barry Kosky and Suzanne Andrade’s The Magic Flute” will be conducted by Jane Glover and stars Norman Reinhardt, Andrea Carroll, Rainelle Krause, Anthony Robin Schneider, and Thomas Glass, among others.

Performance Dates: Feb. 4-13, 2022

Tamara Wilson, Kristian Benedikt, Nicole Heaston, and Peixin Chen headline “Turandot.” Eun Sun Kim conducts.

Performance Dates: April 22 – May 6, 2022 

Michael Spyres and Adriana Gonzalez star in Roméo et Juliette,” which will be conducted by Speranza Scappucci and directed by Tomer Zvulun.

Performance Dates: April 29 – May 11, 2022

Additionally, the company will present several community performances under HGOco banner including the world premiere of “Turn and Burn, A Rodeo Opera” with music by Nell Shaw Cohen and a libretto by Megan Cohen.

Performance Dates: February 2022

The company will also present a virtual release of its production of “The Barber of Seville.” The production is also set to go on tour in the Spring of 2022.

There will also be events featuring the incoming class of HGO Studio members.