Isabel Leonard to Direct ‘La Cenerentola’ for Houston Grand Opera’s First-Ever ‘Family Day’

Houston Grand Opera has announced its first annual “HGO Family Day.” Scheduled for Nov. 9, 2024 at Wortham Theater Center’s Brown Theater, the 90-minute event will feature a performance of Rossini’s “Cenerentola” directed by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.  “It was important to us to invite not only a leading opera star, but a mother, to direct our first-ever Family Day,” said {…}

Ailyn Perez, Russell Thomas, Joshua Guerrero & Isabel Lenoard Lead Houston Grand Opera’s 2024-25 Season

The Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. The season opens with Verdi’s “Il Trovatore“ starring Michael Spyres, Ailyn Perez, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Lucas Meachem, and Morris Robinson. Patrick Summers conducts the production by Stephen Wadsworth. Performance Dates: Oct. 18-Nov. 3, 2024 Isabel Leonard leads Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” with Jack Swanson, Alessandro Corbelli, Iurii Samoilov, and Cory McGee. Lorenzo Passerini {…}

Houston Grand Opera Unveils 2024-25 Butler Studio Artists

The Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2024-25 Sarah and Ernest Butler Houston Grand Opera Studio Artists. Here is a run down of the first-year artists: Alissa Goretsky, soprano  Elizabeth “Hanje,” soprano Shawn Roth, tenor Sam Dhobhany, bass-baritone Ziniu Zhao, bass-baritone Laura Bleakley, pianist/coach   Jenny Choo, pianist/coach There are also four returning artists: Ani Kushyan, mezzo-soprano Michael McDermott, tenor Demetrious Sampson, Jr., tenor Navasard Hakobyan, baritone “Thanks to extraordinary support {…}

Houston Grand Opera Unveils Finalists for 2024 Concert of Arias Competition

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has announced the finalists for its 2024 Concert of Arias. The finalists include soprano Alissa Goretsky, soprano Elizabeth “Hanje,” soprano Jouelle Roberson, soprano Jazmine Saunders, tenor Rafael Rojas, bass-baritone Sam Dhobhany, bass-baritone Ziniu Zhao, and bass Edwin Jhamaal Davis. “There is nothing more important to us at HGO than our annual search for the world’s finest emerging artists. {…}

Houston Grand Opera & the Asia Society Texas to Give the World Premiere of ‘The Big Swim’

(Photo credit: John Matthew Myers) Houston Grand Opera and the Asia Society Texas announced their co-production of the world premiere of Meilina Tsui and  Melisa Tien’s opera “The Big Swim.” The new opera weaves together Eastern and Western cultures, with Tsui’s score incorporating opera buffa, Peking and Cantonese opera, Gregorian chants, American and Asian pop music, animated musicals, and more. {…}