Opera in the Heights continues with Shakespeare theme

By Megan Mattingly-Arthur | October 30, 2012

Opera in the Heights’ 17th season includes tributes to William Shakespeare and celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

The company’s artistic director, Enrique Carren-Robledo, got the idea for a Shakespearean- and Verdi-themed season while sitting outside Shakespeare’sGlobe Theatre in London. He wanted to celebrate the anniversary of Verdi’s birth and knew that the composer idolized Shakespeare.

“I started doing some research on Verdi and Shakespeare to find out what we could do with that theme in mind,” Carren-Robledo said.

For the company’s non-Verdi performances, Carren-Robledo chose composers whose styles complement Verdi’s music.

After opening the season with Gioachino Rossini‘s “Otello,” the company will stage Vincenzo Bellini‘s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi,” based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” starting 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at 1703 Heights Blvd.

Other shows are scheduled at the same time on Nov. 9-10 and 15-17, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Nov. 18.

“Then we’ll go into our Verdi celebration with ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Falstaff,’ ” Carren-Robledo said.

“Macbeth” will open Jan. 31. “Falstaff,” Verdi’s last opera, will open on April 25.

For details or to buy tickets, call 713-861-5303 or visitwww.operaintheheights.org.