Arts / Society

The Most Glorious Musical Event of the Season

Competing Opera Singers Wow a Sellout Crowd

BY // 02.01.17
photography Priscilla Dickson and Wilson Parish

What: Houston Grand Opera‘s 29th annual Concert of Arias

Where: Wortham Theater Center’s Cullen Theater

PC Moment: The most glorious musical benefit of the season did not disappoint with a concert of eight talented opera singers, culled from a national contingent of 457 applicants, who competed for honors and financial reward. They wowed the sellout crowd that helped raise more than $600,000 for the HGO Studio. Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen received first place honors and $10,000. Five additional awards were presented. Highest acclaim went to the evening’s honoree, Beth Madison, with praise delivered to chairs Judy and Richard Agee. A festive late-night dinner followed in the Grand Foyer where City Kitchen worked its culinary magic.

Who: HGO board chair Jim Crownover and Molly Crownover, Robin Angly and Miles Smith, Albert and Anne Chao, Isabel and Ignacio Torras, Lynn Wyatt, Gloria Portela and Dick Evans, Marcia Backus, Caroline and Perryn Leech, Patrick Summers and Beau Miller, Glen Rosenbaum, and Janice Barrow.

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