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The Houston Grand Opera


Houston Grand Opera is recognized nationally and internationally for artistic excellence and innovation.  It contributes to the cultural enrichment of the city of Houston and the nation, by producing and performing world-class operas, creating a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and educational projects, which reaches the widest possible public.

Here's what they are saying about this year's Houston Grand Opera productions:

"HGO's The Italian Girl in Algiers sparkles with rib-tickling whimsy"
-- Broadway World

"HGO supplies the vocal fireworks in a surfeit of riches, supplemented by the exemplary conducting of legendary Trevor Pinnock, one of music's leading authorities on early music.
-- The Houston Press (on Don Giovanni)

For more information about this free American Opera series, please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: tmacaluso@wfmt.com or Estlin Usher at 773-279-2112, email: eusher@wfmt.com.

 

HOUSTON GRAND OPERA

Broadcast Schedule — Fall 2013

 


 

PROGRAM #:   HGO 13-01
RELEASE:   November 2, 2013

OPERA:   The Italian Girl in Algiers (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Gioachino Rossini
CAST:
Isabella   Daniela Barcellona
Lindoro   Lawrence Brownlee
Mustafa   Patrick Carfizzi
Taddeo    Daniel Belcher
Elvira    Lauren Snouffer

CONDUCTOR:  Carlo Rizzi
STAGE DIRECTOR:   Joan Font
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER  Richard Bado

Approx. Length:  3 hours


PROGRAM #:   HGO 13-02
RELEASE #:   November 9, 2013

OPERA:   Il Trovatore (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Giuseppe Verdi
CAST:
Leonora   Tamara Wilson
Manrico   Marco Berti
Azucena   Dolora Zajick
Count di Luna   Tómas Tómasson
Ferrando   Peixin Chen

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Stephen Lawless
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER:  Richard Bado

Approx. Length:  2 hours 15 minutes


PROGRAM #:   HGO 13-03
RELEASE:   November 16, 2013

OPERA:   Xerxes (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   George Frederic Handel 
CAST:
Serse (Xerxes)   Susan Graham
Romilda   Laura Claycomb
Arsamene (Arsamenes) David Daniels
Amastre (Amastris)  Sonia Prina
Atalanta   Heidi Stober
Ariodate (Ariodates)  Philip Cutlip
Elviro    Adam Cioffari

CONDUCTOR:  William Lacey 
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Michael Walling
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER:  Richard Bado

Approx. Length:  3 hours



PROGRAM #:   HGO 13-04
RELEASE:   November 23, 2013

OPERA:   Don Giovanni (in Italian)
COMPOSER:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
CAST:
Don Giovanni   Adrian Eröd
Leporello   Kyle Ketelsen
Donna Anna   Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Donna Elvira   Veronika Dzhioeva
Don Ottavio   Joel Prieto
Zerlina    Malin Christensson
Masetto   Michael Sumuel
Commendatore  Morris Robinson

CONDUCTOR  Trevor Pinnock
STAGE DIRECTOR  Harry Silverstein
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
CHORUS DIRECTOR Craig Kier

Approx. Length:  3 hours 15 minutes


PROGRAM #:   HGO 13-05
RELEASE:   November 30, 2013

OPERA:   Tristan and Isolde (in German)
COMPOSER:   Richard Wagner
CAST:
Isolde    Nina Stemme
Tristan    Ben Heppner
Brangaene   Claudia Mahnke
Kurwenal   Ryan McKinny
King Marke   Christof Fischesser

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Christof Loy
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER:  Richard Bado

Approx. Length:  3 hours 45 minutes