The Houston Grand Opera To Release More Episodes of Web Opera Series ‘Star-Cross’d’

By David Salazar

The Houston Grand Opera has announced that it will release another two episodes of the web opera series “Star-cross’d.” The two episodes are entitled “Now” and “A Rose” allow viewers a window into the 21st-century opera viewing experience with short opera films based on a true story with a Romeo and Juliet theme.

The series’ pilot, titled “Boundless,” premiered on April 20, 2018 and followed a middle-aged woman at a crossroads in her life with a man 16 years younger than her.

“Now,” which will feature music by Avner Dorman,” will feature two couples dealing with challenges of having one partner undergo a gender transition. The libretto for this opera film was provided by John Grimmett, who also directed.

Meanwhile “A Rose,” which will feature music by Kamala Sankaram will showcase two lovers confronting family and class divides on their wedding day. The work was co-written with librettist Misha Penton. Misha Penton directed the film.

The two episodes are set for May and October, respectively, and will be free to watch on YouTube.

“This series explores Romeo and Juliet–themed stories through a modern-day lens,” says HGOco director Carleen Graham in a press release. “With the rise in popularity of the online series format, we believe that Star-cross’d will appeal to younger viewers by presenting opera in an innovative and engaging way. The operas are short and can be a meaningful first introduction to the art form.”