Houston Grand Opera Announces Its 2016-17 Season

Nixon in China as done by the Canadian Opera Company. He's back!!!!
Nixon in China as done by the Canadian Opera Company. He's back!!!!
Photo by Michael Cooper

Simon O'Neill as Siegfried and Christine Goerke as Brunnhilde will star in the final installment of Wagner's epic Ring cycle, Götterdämmerung —  one of the highlights of the 2016-17 season at Houston Grand Opera, which will also include a world premiere of It's a Wonderful Life by composer Jake Heggie with Gene Scheer providing the libretto. 

Announcing its season today, HGO also will present Nixon in China, in a new to Houston production; Faust with a Houston debut from tenor Michael Fabiano playing opposite Ana Maria Martinez (now onstage at HGO in the title role of Rusalka); Mozart's The Abduction From the Seraglio featuring the return of coloratura Albina Shagimuratova and tenor Lawrence Brownlee; Donizetti's comedy The Elixir of Love with tenor Dimitri Pittas and soprano Nicole Heaston and featuring the debut of English conductor Jane Glover; and perhaps most unusually: HGO Artistic Director Patrick Summers will conduct Verdi's Requiem, an "opera in disguise" prompted by the Super Bowl being in town that February. 

Elixir of Love as done by the Washington National Opera
Elixir of Love as done by the Washington National Opera
Photo by Brian Tarr

Here's the details:

Donizetti: The Elixir of Love
October 21 through November 4, 2016

Upcoming Events

Gounod: Faust
October 28 through November 11, 2016

World Premiere
Jake Heggie/Gene Scheer: It's a Wonderful Life
December 2 through December 17, 2016

John Adams/Alice Goodman: Nixon in China
January 20 - 28, 2017

Verdi: Requiem
February 10 - 18, 2017

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
April 22 through May 7, 2017

Mozart: The Abduction From the Seraglio
April 28 through May 12, 2017

Gotterdammerung by the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
Gotterdammerung by the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
Photo by Eva Ripoll

For more information, call 713-228-6737 or visit houstongrandopera.org. 


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