Top Operas In Houston

July 18, 2016 7:00 AM

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Houston isn’t just home to a great symphony and ballet company. It’s also one of the world’s most renowned cities for opera. The large resident company, Houston Grand Opera, features local and international talents of great acclaim, but they’re not the only operatic performing group in town you should see. Many smaller companies stage operas every music lover should see at least once in their lifetime, and these other companies often make it possible for you to get an orchestra seat without breaking the bank. Everyone can learn more about the joys of opera with a little help from these great organizations in Houston!
Houston Grand Opera
510 Preston
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 228-6737
www.houstongrandopera.org

Houston’s premiere opera company has been delighting audiences for more than 60 years. They attract top talent from across the world to perform in nearly a dozen productions each year. Not only do they put on some of the biggest and most popular operas from history each year, they also perform world premieres of new works, both large and small. Recently, they’ve premiered operas based on local stories, including one performed at the 1894 Grand opera house in Galveston about the 1900 hurricane and one telling the true story of a free black woman in 1800s Houston.

Gilbert And Sullivan Society Of Houston
(281) 724-8363
www.hgns.org

For more than 60 years, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston has presented the comic operas of William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan to Houston audiences. This group is comprised mainly of volunteers, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s less than professional. These major productions at the Wortham Theater Center each summer are stepping stones for some of Houston’s great up-an-coming talent. Check out their summer 2016 production the last two weekends in July, Princess Ida, which is family-friendly and a great way to introduce the younger members of your family to opera.

Opera In The Heights
1703 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-5303
www.operaintheheights.org

If you’re looking for an opera with great talent in your neighborhood, Opera in the Heights might be for you. Their goal is to provide great opportunities for emerging performers as well as affordable performances for all Houstonians make them a favorite of local music lovers. Be sure to check out their upcoming season, which features crowd favorites like La Boheme and Die Fledermaus, as well as special events to help introduce you to the world of opera.

Shepherd School Opera At Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 348-6000
music.rice.edu

The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University is ranked nationally for its vocal performance programs, especially when it comes to crafting the next generation of opera singers. The school performs two full operas each school year, accompanied by the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, they have performances of scenes from many operas all in one show, which allows you to see not only a bunch of different young performers, but get exposure to numerous different composers and tales.

Houston Ebony Opera
(713) 335-3800
www.houstonebonymusic.org

Houston Ebony Opera is one of the state’s only all-black opera companies, dedicated to bringing the best of their community’s performers to the forefront. They have multiple performances each year, with a mix of operas, scenes and oratorio concerts. Make sure to check out their concerts of traditional spirituals as well. Their mission to expand the presence of African-Americans in the classical music helps many Houston performers start their careers.

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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