FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS IS SHAKESPEARE’S STAGE NEXT SEASON

Houston, TX (March 16, 2012)

Opera in the Heights is Shakespeare’s Stage Next Season
Otello: Gioachino Rossini (Houston Premiere)
I Capuleti e I Montecchi: Vincenzo Bellini (Houston Premiere)
Macbeth: Giuseppe Verdi
Falstaff: Giuseppe Verdi

Opera in the Heights’ (Oh!) 2012-2013 season is built around the works of Shakespeare that have been made into operas. The season will
culminate in two operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Macbeth and Falstaff, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth.
Artistic Director Enrique Carreón-Robledo invites the public to “Join us as we celebrate the works of Giuseppe Verdi and the great influence in the operatic repertoire
of one of Verdi’s own idols, William Shakespeare.”

The season opens with Otello by Gioachino Rossini, a Houston premiere. This rarely performed piece offers a unique slant on the well-known story of how jealousy,
“the green-eyed monster,” can consume and destroy lives. Performances dates are September 27, 28, 29, October 4, 5, 6 (7:30 pm), and 7 (2:00 pm).
In November another Houston premiere, Vincenzo Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi, graces the Lambert Hall stage as the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet
re-enact their timeless tragedy. In this early Italian bel canto version, Romeo is depicted by a mezzo-soprano in a “trouser role.” Performance dates are November 8, 9,
10, 15, 16, 17 (7:30 pm), and 18 (2:00 pm).

The winter production is Macbeth, an operatic favorite. Setting this gripping story to the genius of Verdi’s music has made it all the more compelling. The emotional
impact of seeing and hearing Lady Macbeth goad her husband into bloody violence in order to amass power makes a powerful opera. Performance dates are January 31,
February 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 (7:30 pm), and 10 (2:00 pm).

The season closes with Verdi’s tribute to Shakespeare’s shameless knight, Falstaff. Falstaff is an old man in this comedy, but that does not stop him from trying to
seduce the married ladies of Windsor. Naturally, he will receive his comeuppance in a most undignified manner. Falstaff takes the stage on April 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4 (7:30
pm), and 5 (2:00 pm).

New this season are special subscriptions for seniors (age 62 and older) for any seat in the house and every performance night, not just Thursdays. Senior subscription
prices are $76 – $129. Student subscriptions (ID required) are also available for any performance night in limited seating areas for $38. Regular season tickets are $89 –
$193. Ticket prices for the prime seating sections of the house have not increased from last season. Single tickets will go on sale August 1. The prices are $25 – $55, tickets for
seniors are $21 – $47 any time, and student tickets are $10 any time in limited seating areas. To buy tickets, please visit www.operaintheheights.org or call 713-861-5303.
Each evening performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and each matinee at 2:00 p.m. and takes place at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard in the Houston Heights.
Opera in the Heights is a professional 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 projected above the stage.

 

For additional information on performance dates, press material, or information on scheduling an interview, please contact:
Laurie Hewett
713-553-4420
pr@operaintheheights.org
www.operaintheheights.org