Opera in the Heights to Reschedule Opening Production of 2017-18 Season

La Fille Du Régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) Postponed; Rescheduled as Opening Production for 2018-19 Season

 

HOUSTON (September 5, 2017) -- Opera in the Heights (Oh!) announces the postponement of its opening production for the 2017-18 Season. La Fille Du Régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) is rescheduled as the opening production for the 2018-19 Season. At this time, exact dates are pending and will be included in the 2018-19 Season announcement.

 

The remaining productions of the 2017-18 Season, including the new children's opera series, will proceed as scheduled. Overture, the company's season launch event, planned for September 14, has been delayed until further notice.

 

Subscribers and single ticket holders have the option to exchange tickets for The Daughter of the Regiment to one of the remaining productions in the 2017-18 Season including the children’s opera series, receive a comparable ticket for the 2018-19 production of The Daughter of the Regiment, or return their tickets as a tax-deductible donation.

 

“While our theater largely withstood the damage from the storm, we must adjust and prepare for its immediate and sustained economic impact,” said Paige Myrick, Executive Director. “As Hurricane Harvey approached Houston, we were in the middle of our end-of-summer fundraising campaign and kicking off an intensive phone campaign to raise funds for our 2017-18 Season. In the aftermath of this catastrophe, we understand that many philanthropic efforts will – and should – concentrate on relief for those directly impacted. For the viability of our season as a whole, we made the difficult, but necessary decision to reschedule our season opener.”

 

“It is unfortunate that events surrounding the devastating Houston floods have forced us to postpone the production of The Daughter of the Regiment to the 2018-19 season, and we regret any inconvenience to our ticket holder and patrons. We believe that this postponement is in the best interests of all our stakeholders,” said Michael Bos Feldman, Chairman, Board of Directors.

 

"Our artists had been ramping up in eager anticipation of our first rehearsals when Harvey struck. They responded to our decision to postpone the production with not a mention of personal disappointment but instead profound expressions of compassion and support," said Eiki Isomura, Principal Conductor, and Artistic Director. “With nearly the entire cast and design team committing to return next fall, our patrons can look forward to a spectacular production of The Daughter of the Regiment from an extraordinary team of artists personally invested in Houston's recovery."

 

"I am saddened by all the tragedy that is falling upon Houston, and Texas right now. My family lives primarily near Houston, and I know through them the devastation caused by Harvey,” said T. Spencer Viator, tenor, contracted to play the role of Tonio, Marie's love interest in The Daughter of the Regiment. “It is time for the city to heal, and small businesses and non-profit organizations like Oh! will be depending on their communities to get them through this difficult time.”

 

Amy Owens, a principal artist, scheduled to perform the role of Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment, has not canceled her plans to travel to Houston. Owens will arrive from New York on Tuesday, September 5 to lend her talents and support to local relief efforts.

 

“Amidst the devastation of the city and the resulting financial strain, singing offers a life force and unique communication, buoying us and bringing us together,” said Amy Owens. “My heart is with Houston, a city that nurtured me as a graduate student at Rice University, and if my voice can join in the throngs of suffering souls, perhaps we can all begin healing together. Opera in the Heights has taken a hit along with everyone else, but we have music, and we will share it.”

 

For questions about ticket exchanges or returning your tickets as a tax-deductible donation, please contact the Box Office at (713) 861-5303 or email boxoffice@operaintheheights.org.

 

About Opera in the Heights

Opera in the Heights is a professional opera company that exists to provide a stage for emerging performers and brings affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented with English translations projected above the stage.

 

About La Fille Du Régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment)

A military brat, her aristocratic heritage, and her hilarious trials of love. Donizetti, a master of Italian opera, proved he could do it all with this French romantic comedy that charms and dazzles as one of the most spectacular vocal showcases in opera. Sung in French with English surtitles. Scheduled to be the opening production of Opera in the Heights' 2018-19 Season.

 

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Media Contacts:

Paige Myrick

paige@operaintheheights.org

(512) 363-1810