Events And Theaters In Houston Area
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Wortham Center is home to Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. Since its opening in 1987, funded entirely by the private sector during the height of the 1980s oil bust, Wortham has entertained audiences totaling more than five million people.
It has also served as the backdrop for hundreds of social galas, civic meetings, corporate and group events, and even weddings, further underscoring its role as a community center as well as a performing arts venue. The Wortham Center features two theaters, grand lobbies, and extensive space for performers and support personnel.
Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera Schedule
OPERA -- Verdi Requiem (Feb. 10 to 18, 2017)
Too grief-stricken to attend the funeral of Italian poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Giuseppe Verdi composed a memorial in the form of a requiem to honor his memory. Created for four soloists, double choir and orchestra, this masterpiece features vigorous rhythms, sublime melodies, and dramatic contrasts to express profound loss, fear and ultimately hope and joy. This presentation will be uniquely distinguished from other versions of Verdi’s Requiem by the full professional forces of HGO including the 120 members of the magnificent Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Sung in Latin with with projected English translation. FEB 10, 15, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m. and FEB 12 at 2:00 p.m.
BALLET -- Cinderella (Mar. 2 to 12, 2017)
The story has been a favorite for generations, but make no mistake, this is not your childhood Cinderella. More tomboy than princess, Stanton Welch’s title character is a striking woman of substance, determination and spunk. She’s in control, fighting the oppression and will of her evil stepmother with wit and vigor. And when she finds true love she grabs it – and wisely holds on with both hands. MAR 2, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and MAR 5, 12 at 2:00 p.m., and MAR 4, 11 at 1:30 p.m.
BALLET -- Director's Choice: Legends & Prodigy (Mar. 16 to 26, 2017)
Houston Ballet offers up a mixed repertory program Director’s Choice: Legends and Prodigy, featuring three company, dancer, and audience favorites. Jiří Kylián created Stepping Stones during a visit to Australia as a reflection on man’s desire to preserve his heritage. Hans van Manen’s Grosse Fuge showcases Houston Ballet’s strong male lineup and proves unequivocally why he is Holland’s most famous choreographer. Justin Peck joins Houston Ballet’s repertoire with Year of the Rabbit, a ballet that showcases the corps de ballet. MAR 16, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. and MAR 19, 26 at 2:00 p.m.
OPERA -- Götterdämmerung (Apr. 22 to May 7, 2017)
The epic journey of gods, mortals and giants comes to a thunderous close. Houston Grand Opera concludes its historic four-part Ring cycle with Götterdämmerung, (Twilight of the Gods), the final opera in Wagner’s tetralogy. The heroic Siegfried gives Brünnhilde the ring as a token of their love, but they unexpectedly face challenges beyond their control. In the definitive act of self-sacrifice, Brünnhilde returns the universe to its natural order. Watch as the Rhine overflows, Valhalla burns, and the kingdom of the gods is destroyed. Don’t miss the fourth and final piece in this overwhelming production featuring an outstanding international cast. Sung in German with with projected English translation. APR 22, 25, 29, MAY 4 at 6:00 p.m. and MAY 7 at 2:00 p.m.
OPERA -- The Abduction from the Seraglio (Apr. 28 to May 12, 2017)
A comic tale of stolen love as only Mozart could write it. A damsel in distress is captured by Turkish pirates and awaits her fate in the harem of the Pasha Selim. Witness the charming antics of her fiancé and his servant on their journey to rescue their beloveds as this colorful comedy unfolds. James Robinson’s innovative production of Mozart’s comic gem brings the action to the decadent railcars of the 1920s Orient Express, making a triumphant return to HGO after nearly a decade. Sung in German with with projected English translation. APR 28, MAY 6, 10, 12 at 7:30 p.m. and APR 30 at 2:00 p.m.
BALLET -- La Bayadere (Jun. 8 to 18, 2017)
A brilliant fire god, opium dreams and a crashing temple. Stanton Welch’ s colorful staging of La Bayadère is classical ballet with a touch of Bollywood. La Bayadère dramatizes the love story of Nikiya the temple dancer, her lover Solor, and the vengeance that keeps them apart – at least in this life. With lavish scenery depicting the jungles of India and costumes by Peter Farmer, La Bayadère features mesmerizing classical performances highlighted by the famous Shades scene, staged for the entire corps de ballet. JUN 8, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m. and JUN 11, 17, and 18 at 2:00 p.m.
BALLET -- Poetry in Motion (Sep. 8 to 17, 2017)
Symphony in C, Carousel (A Dance), and Powder.
BALLET -- Mayerling (Sep. 21 to Oct. 1, 2017)
Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling is a three-act narrative ballet, set to John Lanchbery’s powerful arrangement of Franz Liszt compositions, based on the historic 1889 incident involving the murder-suicide of the sole heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf, and his 17-year-old mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera. Sir MacMillan’s last full-length ballet boldly requires dancers to fully embody intense characters through dramatic acting and dancing. Houston Ballet is pleased to the first American company to perform this historic and lavish production about disastrous obsession and unrequited love.
OPERA -- La Traviata (Oct. 20 to Nov. 5, 2017)
In Verdi’s most romantic opera, the dazzling heroine, Violetta Valéry, a high-class Parisian courtesan, gives up her life as she knows it for the first man she’s ever loved, only to lose it all. Arin Arbus returns to HGO to direct this opera filled with lavish sets and grand costumes, while Verdi’s famous score beautifully paints a glittering Paris; this fierce combination is sure to provide an experience of truly gripping theater. Sung in Italian with projected English translation. OCT 20 at 7:00, OCT. 28, NOV 1 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and OCT 22 and NOV 5 at 2:00 p.m.
OPERA -- Julius Caesar (Oct. 27 to Nov. 10, 2017)
Togas are out and glam is in with this Julius Caesar. Set on a 1930s movie soundstage in the enchanted golden age of Hollywood, this Baroque opera comes to life as a big movie musical complete with an art deco Egyptian pyramid, glitzy costumes, and a silver screen Cleopatra. Sung in Italian with projected English translation. OCT 27, NOV 4, 8, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and OCT 29 at 2:00 p.m.
BALLET -- The Nutcracker (Nov. 24 to Dec. 28, 2017)
The holiday season reignites with Stanton Welch’s spectacular production of The Nutcracker. Enjoy all the splendor of this timeless classic, with opulence brighter than ever. Journey with Clara, Drosselmeyer, Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a magical adventure through a growing Christmas tree, interactive snow scene, and whimsical Kingdom of Sweets. The music, costumes, and hundreds of delightful characters will bring out the child in everyone!
OPERA -- The House Without A Christmas Tree (Nov. 30 to Dec. 10, 2017)
This heartwarming, family-friendly story follows a precocious daughter who struggles to understand her father’s resentment about the holidays and longs for a beautiful Christmas tree like other families have, to “make her house look happy.” An adaptation of the beloved 1972 television film of the same name, this uplifting world premiere is part of HGO’s ongoing Holiday Opera Series and will touch audiences of all ages. Sung in English with projected text. NOV 30, DEC 2, 6, 8 at 7:00 p.m. and DEC 3, 10 at 2:30 p.m.
OPERA -- Elecktra (Jan. 19 to Feb. 2, 2018)
Vengeance and insanity take center stage in this intensely powerful single-act opera. Watch as the title character, Elektra, lusts for revenge for her father’s death just before she descends into utter madness leaving the audience breathless. Featuring internationally renowned soprano Christine Goerke. Sung in German with projected English translation. JAN 19, 27, 31 and FEB 2 at 7:30 p.m. and JAN 21 at 2:00 p.m.
OPERA -- The Barber of Seville (Jan. 26 to Feb. 10, 2018)
Opera’s famous barber is back in Rossini’s madcap comedy. Be enchanted as this scheming barber helps playboy Count Almaviva win the hand of the vivacious young Rosina, who is kept a virtual prisoner in the home of her crotchety guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Rossini’s score is punctuated with brilliant ensembles and some of opera’s most familiar arias, including Figaro’s ode to his own fame while the stage is set for laugh-out-loud comedy. Sung in Italian with projected English translation. JAN 26, FEB 3, 8, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and JAN 28 at 2:00 p.m.
BALLET -- Swan Lake (Feb. 22 to Mar. 4, 2018)
Houston Ballet presents the return of Swan Lake by Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM in Spring 2018. In this modernized production, the everlasting love between Prince Siegfried and the maiden-turned-white-swan Odette is tested by the evil knight Rothbart and his black swan enchantress, Odile. Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake utilizes Tchaikovsky’s full score as arranged for this three-act production. In his staging, Mr. Welch imbues the main characters with greater psychological complexity, and gives the work a twenty-first century pace. Mr. Welch, who collaborated with Mr. Fredrikson on Swan Lake, was inspired by John William Waterhouse’s painting, The Lady of Shalott (1888). Waterhouse (1849-1917) was a British Neo-Classical and Pre-Raphaelite painter well-known for works featuring female characters from mythology and literature. The painting, which is based on Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem by the same title, depicts a tragic maiden afloat on a lake. Mr. Welch commented, “When I saw this painting I said, ‘This is our Odette.’ Here is a woman, a young heroine, lost in a forest by a lake, touched by tragedy.”
BALLET -- Rock, Roll, & Tutus (Mar. 8 to 18, 2018)
Songs of Last Century, Filigree and Shadow, and Tulle
OPERA -- West Side Story (Apr. 20 to May 4, 2018)
This story of two young lovers, divided by battling gangs in the harsh streets of New York City’s West Side, broke the mold of musical theater forever. A genre game changer: every line is breathed with a tune, making West Side Story emotionally charged and entertaining. Leave the theater humming famous tunes including “Maria,” “America,” and “Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us).” Sung in English projected text. APR 20, 28, MAY 1, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m. and APR 22 at 2:00 p.m.
OPERA -- Norma (Apr. 27 to May 11, 2018)
Returning to HGO after 25 years, Norma, the summit of the bel canto opera tradition, is a reworking of the Euripidean tragedy Medea. A high priestess finds herself in a spiritual crisis, making the ultimate sacrifice after being scorned by the father of her children and forced to choose between love and duty. Sung in Italian with projected English translation. APR 27, MAY 5, 8, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and APR 29 at 2:00 p.m.
BALLET -- Global Movements (May 24 to Jun. 3, 2018)
The Four Seasons, Pas/Parts, and In Dreams
BALLET -- Don Quixote (Jun. 7 to 17, 2018)
Returning after 12 years, Houston Ballet is pleased to conclude the 2017/18 Season with the revival of former Artistic Director Ben Stevenson’s Don Quixote. Enjoy the charming flare of seventeenth century Barcelona, Spain as imagined in the original novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The tale follows the elderly adventurer Don Quixote and his search for his idyllic woman, Dulcinea, only to be caught between the budding romance of temperamental Kitri and mischievous Basilio. Audiences are sure to enjoy this famously jovial ballet, full of dazzling choreography, sets, and costumes.
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