By Carol Brejot
Special to the Examiner
Opera in the Heights (Oh!) offers something for everyone surrounding the third production of its 20th anniversary season, Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Whether you’re a child, a young professional or a seasoned opera-goer, you can participate in one of Oh!’s exciting activities tying in with the beloved opera.
This highly entertaining and hilarious comedy, directed by David Ward, is perfect for children of all ages, and parents are encouraged to bring children and teens. As an added treat, any children who attend wearing princess dresses/costumes for La Cenerentola can have their photographs taken after the performance with Oh!’s lead, Megan Berti, who portrays Cenerentola (The One in Cinders.) Many people will remember Berti from Oh!’s 2014 production of Hänsel und Gretel, where she sang the role of Hänsel.
After Oh!’s 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 7, audience members are encouraged to participate in the popular “Sunday Talk Back” series at Lambert Hall with Principal Conductor Eiki Isomura, the artistic staff and cast members. “You never know what the cast and conductor will offer up about their experiences putting the show together or what creative questions patrons will ask,” says Mariam Khalili, Executive Director. “It makes for a truly dynamic exchange of ideas. Plus, everyone likes to meet the stars of the show!"
Opera in the Heights’ third special event is the Young Opera Lovers Organization (YOLO) Happy Hour for young professionals after the show on Feb. 11. (Location details will be on the website soon.) The YOLO group has taken off and exposed many people in their 20s and 30s to great opera at Lambert Hall. To participate in the Happy Hour and to take advantage of other networking activities by joining YOLO, visitoperaintheheights.org, and check out the YOLO portion of the website.
La Cenerentola promises to be a late-winter treat. "Oh! has once again assembled some of the finest emerging artists in the country to bring this wonderful work to life,” says Isomura. “Our dynamic cast is sure to dazzle with its vocal pyrotechnics. Rossini's score is like musical caffeine; it pumps through your veins and lifts you up."
Performance dates are Feb. 5, 11 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale online now atoperaintheheights.org. Single tickets prices are $35 - $67 for regular tickets, $32 - $58 for seniors and $15 - $17 for student tickets in limited seating areas. Parents of children 16 and under can purchase premier seats with a special ticket price just for kids during checkout.
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 (where applicable) projected above the stage.
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