Houston Grand Opera Family-Friendly Shows

Houston Kids and Parents Love HGO Opera to Go! 2018-2019

by Bernadette Verzosa

Monkey & Francine in the City of Tigers 
Bollywood style opera, inspired by Indian and Chinese Mythology  

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive
May 2, 3, 4 at 11 a.m. 
FREE ADMISSION

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Photos by Lynn Lane 
       They are ambassadors of their art form. At each performance, the singers of Houston Grand Opera (HGO) Opera to Go! know that they may be making a very important first impression. They take their shows to different communities around Houston and Texas to expose families to opera.

       "Our operas are fun, lively and enjoyable for all ages. We present a 45-minute show and it's a great way to introduce children and adults to opera. It's a bite-size version," says Dennis Arrowsmith, Touring Programs Manager of HGO Opera To Go!

        The interactive shows are delightful, diverse and innovative. Each program ends with a conversation with the artists. Members of the audience are invited to ask questions and offer feedback. "What's exciting is families are surprised at how enraptured the kids are by the singing and they can't believe their kid was focused, how opera can transform the kids and hold attention," he says. "Opera is just another way of telling the story. It's not intimidating. It's storytelling."      

 

MONKEY & FRANCINE IN THE CITY OF TIGERS

       This spring, HGO Opera to Go! is presenting the World Premiere of Monkey & Francine in the City of Tigers. Created by composer Kamal Sankaram and librettist David Johnston, the family-friendly opera is multicultural. It's inspired by Indian and Chinese mythology and includes music influenced by Bollywood. The story follows a monkey prince and his brainy sister who join forces to outwit a hungry crocodile and escape from the City of Tigers.     

      "In Monkey and Francine, a brother and sister work together to overcome obstacles and show the power of teamwork," says Arrowsmith. "This is a chance to present a brand new story that we hope will resonate with young audiences. We look for stories that are relevant and meaningful."      

      Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers reflects the vibrant and collaborative spirit of Houston. Its lesson on teamwork is also a lesson on opera. "Opera is the ultimate cooperation of all the different art forms. You can fall in love with whatever art form you want: painting sets, playing piano, singing, and collaborate to create a show," he says.  

 

NEXT SEASON: CINDERELLA IN SPAIN and THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

        HGO Opera to Go! has announced the exciting line-up of shows that it's offering schools, libraries and communities in the 2018-2019 season.

       In Fall 2018, HGO artists will present Cinderella in Spain. This hilarious bilingual adaptation is one of the company's most popular works, with music by Mary Carol Warwick and libretto by Kate Pogue. The King holds a fiesta to find a bride for his son Prince Paulo. Chaos ensues when two stepsisters crash the party. Paolo falls in love with a mysterious senorita but he can only find her using the glass slipper that she leaves behind.     

      Next year, Spring 2019, HGO Opera to Go! is offering The Elixir of Love. With music by Gaetano Donizetti and libretto by Kristine McIntyre, the story follows a boy who discovers that self-confidence impresses his sweetheart, not a potion from a quack doctor.


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