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“Wait until they reopen their opera house.”

Houston Grand Opera
Ranked #44 of 273 things to do in Houston
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Owner description: Opera house in Houston that features opera presentations throughout the year.
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Went to the opera this past weekend at the George R. Brown convention center... Hurricane Harvey apparently damaged their normal theater, so they're calling this the resilience theater. It is literally bleachers set up with black curtains around them to give the idea that you're sitting in the dark opera house.

First problem encountered: Their ticketing email is still sending the wrong email, or no emailed ticket at all.

Second problem: We sat at almost the top row in the middle, paid a good bit for seats and we couldn't even see the supratitles because there was tons of lighting that was hanging down in front of it.. again because they were in their make-shift opera house.

Third problem: (we didn't encounter it, but at least 10 people in front and around us did..) They sold DUPLICATE seats. The couple ahead of us were sitting patiently and another couple walked up and said "um, you're in our seats." Come to find out, they had the exact same tickets.. and then it happened again and again in front of us where there were multiple people with the same seats on their ticket.

We saw La Traviata and left quite early because we couldn't see the supra titles and ended up getting quite lost in the show, so if you go, wait until they're back at the opera house. They really are trying to put on a good show and it's unfortunate for the cast to have to pay for the hurricane's damages..

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Opera is the ultimate sensory experience and the Houston Grand Opera is first rate. They produce classic and new operas. Opera is big and bold with incredible, passionate music and side splitting comedic numbers. If you've never been, look past the stereotypes. There is no pretension here, just amazing entertainment. The Wortham Theater Center was built in the mid-1980's and it feels like it. The Brown Theater, where the opera takes place, is cavernous. But the quality of the productions easily overshadows what the hall lacks, and you'll leave the performance blown away.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

From the moment you enter the facility, everyone is so helpful. The architecture and decorations are beautiful! One of my favorite things about this venue is the lecture before about the performance you're about to see. I'm pretty new to opera so this helps me understand where the composer was coming from and how it was interpreted. If you've never been to an opera try it out, you might actually like it!

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

The Houston Grand Opera is a leading and creative company that develops carefully planned and beautifully executed operas. it also prides itself with sponsoring new artists and commissioning newly written operas at least once a year. Many of the star performances of the last 20 years were premiered in Houston: Florencia en el Amazonas, Nixon in China, Cold Sassy Tree, and many others. The orchestra is first class and HGO has its own school for singers, from which many of the top opera singers of the 21st century have arisen. It is a dynamic, progressive company with much to offer to the world of opera. We recently enjoyed an outstanding production of Faust, with a dramatic finale that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 16 May 2016

This is one of my in-laws' favorite places to go for Opera performances. They gifted us with tickets to a beautiful production of Carousel. The theatre itself was stunning with very helpful staff, and the production was high quality with great design, performance, and choreography. I would love to come back for another performance because I know that no matter what it will be, it will be fantastic.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank LauraDenae
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