Press Releases 2015-2016

Opera in the Heights Events Announced

Houston, TX (January 26, 2016) - 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 idea. 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, visit operaintheheights.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 at operaintheheights.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.

Photo: Megan Berti (right) is seen here as Hänsel in Oh!’s Hänsel und Gretel in 2014. (Allison Pohl is Gretel.) Berti sings the role of Cenerentola in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Opera in the Heights Feb. 5 – 13.  Photo by Deji Osinulu Photography.

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

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Opera In The Heights Presents La Cenerentola, Rossini's Take On The Classic, Cinderella

Houston, TX (January 11, 2016) - Opera in the Heights (Oh!) presents Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola as the third offering of its 20th anniversary season, providing a unique take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. This opera, considered to be one of Rossini’s greatest achievements, will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Rossini composed La Cenerentola when he was only 25, following the success of The Barber of Seville the previous year. In this decidedly "un-Disney" version, instead of magic and pumpkin carriages, there are plenty of clever ruses and acts of kindness that lead to our heroine's happy ending. You also have a stepfather instead of a stepmother, a philosopher in place of a fairy godmother and a bracelet in lieu of a glass slipper – and stepsisters.

In the story line, the prince is wise enough to switch identities with his servant as they search for the beautiful girl who came to the ball. This way he can observe who has real character and who is sadly lacking. Audiences will find plenty of humor in La Cenerentola showing us that pretentiousness is silly, and those who are pure of heart will ultimately find each other.

"Oh! has once again assembled some of the finest emerging artists in the country to bring this wonderful work to life,” says Eiki Isomura, Principal Conductor. “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."

"La Cenerentola is the Cinderella story that I wish we all could have grown up with, one in which humility and kindness, rather than magic and beauty, triumph above all,” Isomura continues. “With comedic genius David Ward returning to Oh! as stage director, audiences can look forward to a hilarious and heartwarming production."

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 at operaintheheights.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. All performances take place at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard.

The 20th 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.

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.

Photo: Principal Conductor Eiki Isomura conducts the orchestra for La tragedie de Carmen. Photo credit: Mariam Khalili.

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Oh! Spooktacular Weekend!

Houston, TX (October 22, 2015) – If you’re wanting to spice up your Halloween weekend with some culture, look no further than Opera in the Heights (Oh!) with its presentation of the spooky and eerie show The Medium and the light comedy The Telephone in a Menotti double bill Oct. 30 and Nov 1. Not only that, new opera-goers can receive an online discount of 30 percent off for that weekend upon checkout, with the promo code SPOOKYNEWBIE.  

In The Medium, Madame Flora holds a séance and invites her guests’ dear departed children to speak to them, which they do. It’s all a sham, but when threatening, un-staged events occur, the medium becomes afraid and suspects those around her. Add too much alcohol to this situation and in true operatic fashion, someone has to die before the curtain falls.

With modern day implications, The Telephone proves that technology can be a distraction where matters of the heart are concerned. Ask anyone whose significant other’s attention is continually on her smartphone, and not on him. In The Telephone, Ben can’t connect with Lucy until he wisely uses the technology she favors.

The operas kick off on Oct. 30, with four shows running for two weekends. Times are 7:30 p.m. for Oct. 30, Nov. 5 and Nov. 7, while the Nov. 1 matinee is at 2 p.m.

For extra fun, patrons can enter a costume contest Oct. 30 in the spirit of Halloween. According to Oh! Executive Director Mariam Khalili, those who wish to participate must have a photo taken in the photo booth between 6:30 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. 

Judging will take place during the first half of the performance, with the winners announced during intermission. Categories include best opera-related costume and best in show. Khalili notes that judges include mosaic artist Chris Silkwood and Oh! board member, Realtor® and Heights resident Marianne Terrell, along with a special guest judge. 

“We also have a milestone with this double bill, as this is the first time Opera in the Heights has presented operas sung in English,” says Khalili. “If you are intimidated by or shy away from opera sung in German or Italian, this is an opportunity to view a more accessible production.”

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. Go to operaintheheights.org and the box office tab to access the discount coupon.

Opera in the Heights is a professional regional 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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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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