Houston Grand Opera presents Bernstein’s West Side Story (April 20–May 6), Bellini’s Norma (April 27–May 11), and return of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (May 17, 19, 20) at HGO Resilience Theater: World’s first mariachi opera returns after New York triumph
Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present the first major American opera house production of Leonard Bernstein’s landmark musical West Side Story, April 20–May 6, and Bellini’s vocal powerhouse Norma, April 27–May 11, in the HGO Resilience Theater at the George R. Brown Convention Center. HGO will also bring back its popular groundbreaking production of the world’s first mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna/To Cross the Face of the Moon, for three special performances on May 17, 19, and 20, also in the Resilience Theater. Composed by José “Pepe” Martínez with libretto by Leonard Foglia, the powerful story chronicling three generations of a family divided by countries and cultures has been performed to audience and critical acclaim all over the United States, and in Paris. It has just received rave reviews at its New York premiere at New York City Opera.
“HGO has long taken the lead in expanding the definition of opera since our award-winning 1976 production of Porgy and Bess. In 2010, we broke new ground with the commission of the world’s first mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, and now we do the same with the first major American operatic performances of West Side Story,” notes HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers.
“We are thrilled to offer these extraordinary works to Houston audiences in tandem with Norma, one of the masterpieces of the bel canto opera tradition. HGO’s ability to present our entire 2017–18 season at the GRB has been possible because of an amazing collaboration with Houston First,” notes HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech. “Our colleagues there arranged to relocate more than 60 events in order to accommodate all of our productions. And we are pleased that the theater we built there will now also be used by the Houston Ballet, to ensure that Houstonians have art in their lives while we rebuild our beloved Wortham Theater Center.”