The University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center is delighted to announce the 2018 – 2019 opera season.
The season launches on October 19 with “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” a romantic panorama inspired by the true-life love triangle of Horace, Augusta and Baby Doe Tabor with music by Douglas Moore and libretto by John Latouche.
From January 25 – 28, 2019, audiences can experience one of the most popular fairy tales as the Moores School of Music brings Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” with libretto by Adelheid Wette, to life. The opera, sung in the original German with an English translation projected over the stage, will be accompanied by a Wagnerian orchestra.
During the run of “Hansel and Gretel,” the Moores Opera Center also presents a special two-day production of “Don Pasquale” on January 26 and 27, 2019. With music by Gaetano Donizetti and libretto by Giovanni Ruffini, the comic opera takes audiences on a high-energy romp through the Italian Riviera of the 1950s.
The season closes with “Dinner at Eight,” an opera based on the play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferba, and featuring music by William Bolcom and libretto by Mark Campbell. From April 5 – 8, 2019, audiences can travel back in time to the Broadway of the 1930s with this comedy-drama about an extravagant Manhattan dinner party that soon turns disastrous as the plot unfolds.