<i>Some Light Emerges</i>

Photo by Judith Kurnick


Past Event

Location Info:

The Ballroom at Bayou Place
500 Texas Ave, Housto
Houston, Texas  77002
What does the Rothko Chapel sound like? Find out in Houston Grand Opera’s 63rd world premiere, Some Light Emerges, which immortalizes the Houston landmark and patron Dominique de Menil in chamber opera, weaving de Menil’s efforts to build the spiritual sanctuary with the stories of five characters — each visiting the chapel during a different moment in American history. There’s Margie, a lonely housewife in the early days of feminism; Cece, an African-American teenager displaced after Katrina; and Albert, an Algerian immigrant experiencing a crisis of faith after 9/11. “[People] look at the color of his skin and the way he looks, his accent, and [equate] him with terrorism,” says tenor Karim Sulayman of his character. But in the chapel, the nonreligious Albert finds a space “to feel included and be included and to have a spiritual experience,” which Sulayman labels “pretty powerful.”

7:30 p.m. Thursday and March 17. Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit houstongrandopera.org. $25.
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