Press Releases 2014-2015

Opera in the Heights Announces Single Ticket Sales for 2015-16 Season

Houston, TX (June 29, 2015) – Opera in the Heights (OH!) announces that single tickets will go on sale Aug. 1 for the 2015-2016 season, which also celebrates the organization’s 20th anniversary. The company presents an inspired selection of works which should appeal to diverse operatic tastes.

The season includes Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, a double-bill of Menotti’s The Medium and The Telephone, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. All will be conducted by Maestro Eiki Isomura.

Opera in the Heights Conductor Eiki Isomura

“The repertoire OH! has selected for its 20th anniversary season reads like a celebration of opera itself,” says Isomura. “Each piece represents an essential development in the history of the art form. It’s a great privilege to bring these iconic works to life with the extraordinary OH! orchestra and some of today’s finest emerging artists.”

“We are thrilled that Maestro Isomura, an amazingly gifted young conductor and artist, returns to lead the orchestra, providing continuity from our previous season,” says Mariam Khalili, Opera in the Heights’ Executive Director. “Our focus remains on delivering the superb artistic product that has come to be expected of Opera in the Heights.”

OH! will present each opera with four performances rather than seven as in some previous seasons. The change will allow Opera in the Heights to better focus its financial resources, while enhancing the artistic quality of each of the four productions.

The season opens Sept. 18 with I Pagliacci (The Clowns), the enduring tale of jealousy and rage between lovers in a comedy troupe. Art imitates life with fatal results in this iconic tragedy, featuring one of the most famous arias in the entire repertoire. Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18, 24 and 26 and at 2 p.m. on Sept. 20.

October and November bring to the stage two operas by Menotti, both sung in English: The Telephone and The Medium. Serving as the opener will be the light one-act comedy, The Telephone, in which a man comes to his girlfriend’s apartment to propose, only to find her preoccupied with chatting incessantly on the telephone. In the dark psychological drama, The Medium, audiences will encounter a fraudulent spiritual medium, who starts to genuinely hear voices and feel phantom presences she cannot explain. Performance dates are Oct. 30, Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.

Rossini’s La Cenerentola is OH!’s late winter production and is perfect for the entire family. Rossini’s take on the classic fairy tale,Cinderella, the opera La Cenerentola is considered to be one of his greatest achievements, complete with mistaken identities, stepsisters and of course, romance. Performance dates are Feb. 5, 11 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.

The season closes with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, which is based on the myth of Orpheus, a legendary ancient Greek hero endowed with superhuman musical abilities, and his love, Eurydice. The opera takes to the stage on Apr. 8, 14 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and on Apr. 10 at 2 p.m.

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. All performances take 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 (where applicable) projected above the stage.

 

 

 

 

For additional information on performance dates, press material, or information on scheduling an interview, please contact: Carol Brejot, 713-503-3885; pr@operaintheheights.org

 

Opera in the Heights Sets 2015-16 Season

By Opera News Desk

 April 3

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Opera in the Heights (OH!) has announced its 2015-2016 20th anniversary season, presenting a smorgasbord of delectable operas that should appeal to a wide range of patrons. The season kicks off with Leoncavallo’s, I Pagliacci. Next is a Menotti 1940s double-bill, The Medium and The Telephone. Following is Rossini’s La Cenerentola, the perfect Cinderella opera. The season will end where opera began, with Gluck’s 1762 composition, Orfeo ed Euridice, which is an OH! world premiere. All will be conducted by Maestro Eiki Isomura.”Opera in the Heights has chosen an inspired blend of works, including the beloved tragedy, I Pagliacci; Menotti’s contemporary, spooky and humorous, double bill of The Medium and The Telephone; a family-friendly comedy in La Cenerentola; and an iconic early opera from the 1700s, Orfeo ed Euridice, which has never been performed in Houston,” says Mariam Khalili, Opera in the Heights Executive Director. “We are thrilled with the selections for our 20th anniversary season because they are truly a celebration of operatic history that will delight art lovers of all ages.”

 

As with last season, OH! presents two Sunday matinees for each opera. Every production will feature seven performances, with the first week consisting of Friday and Saturday evening performances and a Sunday matinee, while the second week will feature Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances and a Sunday matinee.

The season opens Sept. 18 with I Pagliacci, (The Clowns) a one-act opera that takes place in Calabria Italy in 1860 and focuses on a commedia dell’arte troupe that comes to town to present a comedy which turns into a real-life tragedy. Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26; Sept. 20 and 27 are the 2 p.m. Sunday matinees.

October and November bring to the stage two operas by Menotti, both sung in English: The Medium and The Telephone. Performed as a double bill, audiences will encounter a fake medium who starts to hear voices and feel phantom presences she cannot explain. In The Telephone, a man comes to his girlfriend’s apartment to propose, only to find her preoccupied with talking on the telephone. Performance dates are Oct. 30, 31, Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 1 and 8 are the matinees at 2 p.m.

Rossini’s La Cenerentola is OH!’s late winter production and is perfect for the entire family. Rossini’s take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, the opera La Cenerentola is considered to be one of his greatest achievements, complete with mistaken identities, stepsisters and of course, romance. Performance dates are Feb. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m.

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS’ La tragédie de Carmen:

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Contact: Carol Brejot, pr@operaintheheights.org or 713-503-3885

TICKETS ON SALE FOR OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS’ La tragédie de Carmen:

Peter Brook’s Interpretation Puts a New Spin on Bizet’s Carmen

 

Sishel Claverie (Carmen, Ruby Cast) Photography by Mariam Khalili

HOUSTON (March 3, 2015) – Tickets are now on sale for Opera in the Heights’ (OH) production of La tragédie de Carmen, the Peter Brook interpretation of Carmen by Georges Bizet. This is the final opera presented by the company in the 2014 – 2015 season, which kicked off in September with Rigoletto, followed by Hänsel und Gretel in November and La clemenza di Tito in January and February.

La tragédie de Carmen is not an abridged version of Carmen; it is a wildly imaginative retelling of the story that stands on its own as a theatrical tour de force,” says Eiki Isomura, OH’s conductor for the production. “The familiar tunes are there but thoroughly re-scored and re-contextualized to highlight the opera’s darkest themes. The visceral impact of this piece is truly extraordinary, and I cannot imagine a better venue in which to experience it than Lambert Hall.”

The story line of La tragédie de Carmen is summed up as the “tragic tale of the ultimate femme fatale, the naïve soldier she seduces, and his rival, the glamorous toreador.”  Brook has noted that “everything is trimmed away to focus on the intense interactions, the tragedy of four people.” The production received two prestigious awards in 1984, including the Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatre Experience” and a Tony Award titled “Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre.”

“Opera in the Heights is honored to be debuting La tragédie de Carmen to Houston audiences for the very first time,” says Mariam Khalili, OH executive director.  “Our patrons will experience stunning visual art, passionate romance, thrilling fight scenes, and of course, Georges Bizet’s brilliant musical score. Opera in the Heights has brought together an inspired team of artists to bring this opera to life – gifted young singers, exceptional visual artists, the finest of orchestras, and even a stage combat specialist.”

This Opera in the Heights production will be guided by Lynda Keith McKnight, veteran OH stage director and UH professor, along with Isomura, who will conduct OH’s highly-touted orchestra. Appearing in the double-cast La Tragedie de Carmen are Sishel Claverie and Briana Hunter as Carmen; Brent Turner and José Daniel Mojica as Don José; Lisa Borik as Micaela and Jared Guest in the role of Escamillo. Joining the four main characters are actors Aidan Smerud (Pastia/Garcia) and Andrew Gilstrap (Zuniga/Gitane.)

La tragédie de Carmen runs for two weekends (and a Thursday show) with performance dates of Mar. 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on Mar. 22 and Mar. 29 at 2 p.m., all at historic Lambert Hall in the Houston Heights. Thursday, Mar. 26, is “Student Night,” and anyone with a valid student ID or students age 18 and under are invited to sit anywhere in the theater for the regular student ticket price of $15, regardless of seat level.

Regular single ticket prices for the production are $35-$67, senior tickets are $32-$58 and student tickets are $15-$17 anytime in designated areas. If you have not experienced the magic of Opera in the Heights, now is your opportunity. You can order tickets online at operaintheights.org  or call the box office at 713-861-5303. Use code: STUDENTNIGHT to take advantage of the Thursday night promotion.

Opera in the Heights, a professional regional performing arts company, provides a stage for emerging artists and brings affordable opera to the greater Houston area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented in the original language with English surtitles projected above the stage.