As we all sadly know, the Houston Grand Opera, like many of of our beloved arts institutions, has been forced to cancel a number of events over the past year because the pandemic. That included The Sound of Music, along with the rest of its 2020-2021 season and its Opera Ball, its largest fundraising event, for the second year in a row.
But on May 8, in-person performances will return in the most cheeky way ... with a (socially distanced and outdoor) singalong, My Favorite Things: Songs from the Sound of Music, at the University of Houston’s TDECU Stadium. The aim is to give families an excuse to have a little fun and for the opera to raise some much needed dough—the company will also host a socially distanced fundraiser for supporters that coincides with the event. Do expect a mask requirement and sanitation stations, among other safety measures, along with social distancing, however.
The performance will feature members of the principal cast from the full production, including Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique as Maria and baritone Michael Mayes as Captain von Trapp, as well as the HGO Chorus and Orchestra.
Tickets for patrons and subscribers open on Thursday, March 11; and general seats go on sale March 17 at HGO.org—a limited number of free tickets will be made available to frontline workers and teachers at a later date.
Still not game for in-person events? HGO performances are broadcast on Houston Public Media on Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. Additionally, users can stream the broadcasts at HGO.org/Radio. Fans can also continue to access HGO Digital, which will be adding future performances to its streaming platform, Marquee TV, for the public to enjoy, including:
- Marian’s Song, which made its debut in 2020, but quickly ended due to Covid-19. The show offers an innovative combination of opera, spoken word, and multimedia projections, and it brings life to vocalist Marian Anderson—Marian’s Song celebrates Anderson’s career and social justice efforts, bringing those to center stage for families and people in Houston to enjoy. Available for streaming on April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
- The Cullen recital series, which includes a program filled with spiritual and classic songs from a long list of well-known and respected American composers, will welcome HGO alumna and Houstonian Nicole Heaston in April. Available for streaming April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Also in very exciting news for HGO, the company expects to make a triumphant return to The Wortham Theater Center to open its new season in October.