Houston, TX 77002
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.
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.
1703 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
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.
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
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 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.