2 November 2017

Houston Grand Opera Extends Residency in Brown Convention Center to Include Performances of Elektra, Barber of Seville

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HOUSTON GRAND OPERA, forced to relocate its entire mainstage season following the effects of Hurricane Harvey on its home base, the Wortham Theater Center, announced today that it will present its winter productions of Elektra and the Barber of Seville in the HGO Resilience Theater, a transformed exhibit hall in Houston’s Brown Convention Center

The company previously announced that it would present its fall productions and the upcoming world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's The House Without a Christmas Tree in the convention center. HGO has now extended its residency in the makeshift venue after Houston First, the facility's managing corporation, relocated previously scheduled events to accommodate the opera. Elektra, which runs from January 19 through February 2, will feature Christine Goerke in the title role, Tamara Wilson as Chrysothemis, Michaela Martens as Klytaemnestra and Greer Grimsley as Orest. The company's production of The Barber of Seville, which opens on January 26 and plays through February 10, features David Portillo's Almaviva, Lucas Meachem as Figaro, and Sofia Selowsky's Rosina.

Located in Exhibit Hall A3 of the Brown Convention Center, the HGO Resilience Theater features some 1,700 seats, each one less than 100 feet from the stage. 

“Our audiences have been incredibly enthusiastic about experiencing opera in this unusual venue, so we are thrilled that Houston First has been able to extend our stay at the George R. Brown,” HGO managing director Perryn Leech said in a statement issued today by the company. “I think it will be an unforgettably dramatic experience to see and hear Elektra, in particular, in this space,” added artistic and music director Patrick Summers. 

In September, following the effects of Hurricane Harvey, Houston Grand Opera announced that extensive flood damage to the Wortham Theater Center would take venue out of commission until at least May 15, 2018. The Wortham Center's 2,500-seat Brown Theater and its 1,100-seat Cullen Theater experienced significant flood damage, including distress to both stages; the Wortham's front-of-house facilities were also damaged by the storm surge. Additionally, up to twelve-feet of water flooded the Wortham’s basement, causing significant damage to the company's wig and costume shops, and the tunnel connecting the Wortham to its garage also experienced flooding, taking on more than 200 million gallons of water and extensively damaging the venue's air handling units and elevators. 

HGO is reportedly still finalizing venues to host its spring productions of Bernstein’s West Side Story and Bellini’s Normaspacer 

More information can be found at Houston Grand Opera

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