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Nov. 17 2012

11/24/12 – Don Carlos – 1:00pm

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Houston Grand Opera Don Carlos by Guiseppe Verdi Libretto by  Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle Sung in French Approximate running time:  3 hours 18 minutes, including two intermissions   Houston Grand Opera presents the Verdi masterpiece in its full five acts and in French. King Philippe II of Spain dissolves his son’s engagement by appropriating […]

Nov. 10 2012

11/17/12 – The Rape of Lucretia – 1:00pm

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Houston Grand Opera The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten Libretto by Ronald Duncan Sung in English Approximate running time:  1 hour 56 minutes, including two intermissions The writings of historians Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus tell the story of Lucretia, a Roman officer’s wife whose very purity inflamed the lust of Prince Tarquinius of Rome […]

Nov. 03 2012

11/10/12 – La Traviata – 1:00pm

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Houston Grand Opera La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave Sung in I talian Approximate running time: 2 hours 4 minutes, including two intermissions The story of Violetta Valéry, a beautiful but mortally ill courtesan, has defined romantic tragedy ever since the Dumas novel that inspired it—La dame aux camellias—appeared in 1848. Violetta […]

Oct. 27 2012

11/03/12 – Fidelio – 1:00pm

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Houston Grand Opera Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner Sung in German Approximate running time: 2 hours, 6 minutes including one intermission Leonore is willing to do whatever it takes to free her husband, Florestan, an innocent political prisoner. Disguised as a boy, Fidelio, she bravely prevents Florestan’s assassination by a corrupt governor. Beethoven’s only […]

Oct. 20 2012

10/27/12 – The Barber of Seville – 1:00pm

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Houston Grand Opera The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini Libretto by Cesare Sterbini Sung in Italian Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes including one intermission   Opera’s notorious barber schemes to help the beautiful young Rosina escape the clutches of her elderly guardian and find true love. Rossini’s score is punctuated with brilliant ensembles and some […]

Oct. 13 2012

10/20/12 – Attila – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Attila by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Temistocle Solera Sung in Italian Approximate running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes including one intermission The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance. In the popular imagination, Attila the Hun was a ruthless barbarian. But […]

Oct. 07 2012

10/13/12 – Marriage of Figaro – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sung in Italian Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes including one intermission A carnally minded count, his neglected wife, their wily servants and a young page who falls in love with every woman he sees: Mozart’s greatest comedy contains a cornucopia of wonderfully flawed and human […]

Sep. 22 2012

09/29/12 – Xerxes – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Xerxes by George Frideric Handel Anonymous revision of Silvio Stampiglia’s libretto ‘Il Xerse,’ based on Nicolo Minato’s ‘Il Xerse’ Sung in Italian Approximate running time: 3 hours, 40 minutes including two intermissions   Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest Handel productions of our time, this visually stunning Olivier Award–winning staging by famed […]

Sep. 15 2012

09/22/12 – Lucrezia Borgia – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Felice Romani Sung in Italian Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes including two intermissions Renée Fleming, “America’s most-loved and most-lauded opera singer” (The Times,London), returns to San Francisco Opera in the title role of this melodically rich bel canto masterpiece. A femme fatale renowned for her […]

Sep. 08 2012

09/15/12 – Faust – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera Faust by Charles François Gounod Libretto by Jules  Barbier and Michel Carré Approximate Running Time: 3 hour, 30 minutes with 2 intermissions In French Gounod’s Faust remains the most famous operatic treatment of Goethe’s play. Orchestral excerpts from the work include the ballet scene from the fifth act, the Nubian dances, Cleopatra variations, […]

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