Events And Theaters In Houston Area

Wortham Center

Wortham CenterWortham Center
501 Texas
Houston, TX 77002

PHONE: 713.237.1439

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 

BALLET -- The Nutcraker (Nov. 25 to Dec. 27, 2016)
Houston Ballet presents the highlight of the 2016-17 Season with a joyous new production of The Nutcracker by Stanton Welch. With grand sets and costumes by acclaimed British designer Tim Goodchild, a Christmas tree that touches the sky, and an expanded cast of characters, this exquisite production features everyone and everything audiences love about The Nutcracker.

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.

BALLET -- The Tempest (May 25 to Jun. 4, 2017)
MAY 25, 27, JUN 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m. and MAY 28, JUN 4 at 2:00 p.m.

OPERA -- The Elixir of Love (Oct. 21 to Nov. 4, 2016)
Never underestimate the power of a potion. In one of Donizetti’s most beloved comic operas, a love-struck peasant is determined to win the affections of the village beauty. Knowing she favors the attention of a boastful Sergeant, there’s only one thing to do – employ the help of a scheming traveling doctor and his cure-all “magic” potion. Set in the Italian Riviera in the 1950’s, this light-hearted comedy overflows with beautiful melodies and charming arias, as the elixir creates just as many problems as it solves. Sung in Italian with projected English translation. OCT 21 at 7:00 p.m. and OCT 26, 29, NOV 4 at 7:30 p.m. and OCT 23 at 2:00 p.m.

OPERA -- Faust (Oct. 28 to Nov. 11, 2016)
This French opera, based on Goethe’s famous play, is a gripping exploration of vanity and desire. In desperation the aging philosopher, Faust, agrees to sell his soul to the devil in exchange for the restoration of his youth, and a chance at love with the beautiful Marguerite. This classic drama features storybook sets and costumes and is sure to stun listeners with its lush singing and orchestration. Sung in French with projected English translation. OCT 28, NOV 5, 8, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and OCT 30 at 2:00 p.m.

OPERA -- It's a Wonderful Life (Dec. 2 to 11, 2016)
No man is a failure who has friends. HGO’s holiday opera series continues with the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Made famous by the 1946 Frank Capra movie, this timeless tale follows a troubled banker whose guardian angel helps us realize the lasting impact our lives can have on those around us. Sung in English with projected translation. DEC 2, 6, 8, 9 at 7:00 p.m. and DEC 4, 11 at 2:30 p.m.

OPERA -- Nixon in China (Jan. 20 to 28, 2017)
The Historic Trip that Broke 25 Years of Silence. Nixon in China, an original HGO commission and a pivotal piece of the modern opera repertoire, returns to HGO’s stage on the opera’s 30th anniversary. Composer John Adams’ work focuses on President Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 peacemaking visit to China. By blending fact and fiction, the work presents an insightful and compassionate portrayal of a presidential figure often vilified. Sung in English with projected translation. JAN 20, 24, 26, 28 at 7:30 p.m. and JAN 22 at 2:30 p.m.

OPERA -- 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.

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.

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