Opera fans, take note: Drama, love, intrigue and some great music are all coming our way. From Mozart, Wagner and Carlisle Floyd to Puccini and Rodgers and Hammerstein, Houston Grand Opera has put together a promising 2015-2016 season, complete with rising stars, established vocalists and gifted performers.
Who is Carlisle Floyd, you ask? (Readers who are familiar with this national treasure will, I trust, tolerate my writing a few words about him so that others can make his acquaintance.) The 89-year-old is one of the most gifted and honored composers and librettists in America, and his Prince of Players will have its world premiere at the HGO in March 2016. (Floyd is also the Lynn Wyatt Great Artist 2015-16.) Prince of Players, set in London in 1661, tells the tale of a male actor who’s an expert at female roles. King Charles II, however, has other plans. This opera is a must-see.
Then there’s Wagner. Siegfried is the third opera in the great composer’s “Ring” cycle, and HGO brings Catalan theater company La Fura dels Baus back to Houston for this epic tale of revenge, love, deceit and bravery. The Barcelona-based group always astounds, and this production will be no exception.
Want another world premiere — one whose action and story are in part based in Houston? O Columbia will be performed for two nights only (September 23 and 24) at the Revention Music Center (formerly Bayou Music Center). It’s a chamber opera with exploration at its heart and a storytelling soul. Brief acts treat the drive for discovery with wonder and grace and speak to, among others, Sir Walter Raleigh, NASA astronauts and a teenager living in Houston.
There’s a lot more, including Le Nozze di Figaro, Rusalka and Carousel. Take advantage of season subscriptions, and keep reading PaperCity magazine for more opera stories and updates on HGO productions.