Opera in the Heights (Oh!) brings four of the most popular operas ever to its stage. Winners of a MasterMind 2013 Award, Oh! is led by Artistic Director Enrique Carreón-Robledo. Verdi's La Traviata, a passionate story of love and sacrifice, opens the season in October. The last installment in the group's bicentennial celebration of of the composer's birth, the run includes a performance on October 13, Verdi's birthday.
Oh! is casting age-appropriate singers/actors in the roles, so Houston audiences will see several up-and-comers onstage.
Donizetti's comedy Don Pasquale is on the schedule for November. Don Pasquale, an elderly bachelor, thinks he's a fine catch for some young, beautiful woman. He gets more than he bargined for when he marries the headstrong Norina.
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Mozart's Don Giovanni is set for a January-February production. Oh! warns that the masterpiece is filled with so much perfect music, audiences might want to see it twice, just to make sure they absorb it all.
Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor closes out the season with a March-April run. Oh! calls Lucia "the epitome of the bel canto opera" and the score is in fact filled with dramatic flourishes.
Oh!'s performs in Lambert Hall which makes for an intimate experience for audiences. And Carreón-Robledo leads the orchestra with a fiery intensity that's felt throughout the small theater.
For information, visit the Oh! website or call 713-861-5303. Individual tickets are $10 to $55.