Houston, TX (October 22, 2015) – If you’re wanting to spice up your Halloween weekend with some culture, look no further than Opera in the Heights (Oh!) with its presentation of the spooky and eerie show The Medium and the light comedy The Telephone in a Menotti double bill Oct. 30 and Nov 1. Not only that, new opera-goers can receive an online discount of 30 percent off for that weekend upon checkout, with the promo code SPOOKYNEWBIE.
In The Medium, Madame Flora holds a séance and invites her guests’ dear departed children to speak to them, which they do. It’s all a sham, but when threatening, un-staged events occur, the medium becomes afraid and suspects those around her. Add too much alcohol to this situation and in true operatic fashion, someone has to die before the curtain falls.
With modern day implications, The Telephone proves that technology can be a distraction where matters of the heart are concerned. Ask anyone whose significant other’s attention is continually on her smartphone, and not on him. In The Telephone, Ben can’t connect with Lucy until he wisely uses the technology she favors.
The operas kick off on Oct. 30, with four shows running for two weekends. Times are 7:30 p.m. for Oct. 30, Nov. 5 and Nov. 7, while the Nov. 1 matinee is at 2 p.m.
For extra fun, patrons can enter a costume contest Oct. 30 in the spirit of Halloween. According to Oh! Executive Director Mariam Khalili, those who wish to participate must have a photo taken in the photo booth between 6:30 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.
Judging will take place during the first half of the performance, with the winners announced during intermission. Categories include best opera-related costume and best in show. Khalili notes that judges include mosaic artist Chris Silkwood and Oh! board member, Realtor® and Heights resident Marianne Terrell, along with a special guest judge.
“We also have a milestone with this double bill, as this is the first time Opera in the Heights has presented operas sung in English,” says Khalili. “If you are intimidated by or shy away from opera sung in German or Italian, this is an opportunity to view a more accessible production.”
Single tickets prices are $35 - $67 for regular tickets, $32 - $58 for seniors and $15 - $17 for student tickets in limited seating areas. To buy tickets or to become a subscriber, please visit operaintheheights.org or call 713-861-5303. Go to operaintheheights.org and the box office tab to access the discount coupon.
Opera in the Heights is a professional regional opera company that exists to provide a stage for emerging performers and to bring affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented in the original language with English translation (where applicable) projected above the stage.
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