Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera

Sat, 10/31/2009 - 1:00pm

Pictured: Benjamin Britten on Aldeburgh beach (Jun-Jul 1959)

Credit: photo by Hans Wild, © Britten - Pears Foundation

WXXI-FM presents the Houston Grand Opera's performance of Beatrice and Benedict.

WXXI-FM presents six operas from the Houston Grand Opera 2008-2009 season.  Recognized internationally for their artistic excellence and innovation, the Houston Grand Opera will present works by Verdi, Rossini, Benjamin Britten, Hector Berlioz, and a World premiere of Brief Encounter by André Previn. Houston Grand Opera airs Saturdays at 1 p.m. beginning October 31 on Classical 91.5/90.3/FM-HD 91.5-1.

Beatrice and Benedict is an opéra-comique in two acts. The young Beatrice and Benedict are ardent rivals of wit — both have vowed to live out their days in happy independence. Seeing their veiled love for one another, their friends Hero and Claudio conspire to expose the truth.
HGO Studio alumna Joyce DiDonato returns as the sharp-witted and sarcastic Beatrice.  The role of Benedict is sung by Norman Reinhardt, while Ryan McKinny and Liam Bonner play Benedict’s conspiring friends Don Pedro and Claudio. Ailish Tynan is Hero, the lovestruck daughter of  Leonato  and  Leann, and Sandel-Pantaleo is Beatrice’s lady in waiting, Ursula

Since its inception in 1955, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has swiftly grown from a small regional organization into an internationally renowned opera company. The company has a reputation for commissioning and producing new works, including 36 world premieres and six American premieres since 1973. In addition to producing and performing world-class opera, HGO contributes to the cultural enrichment of Houston and the nation through a diverse, innovative and balanced program of performances, events, community and education projects that reaches the widest possible public. HGO has toured extensively, including trips to Europe and Asia, and it is the only opera company to have won a Tony, two Grammy awards, and two Emmy awards. HGO’s performances are broadcast nationally and internationally.

For more information, visit www.houstongrandopera.org.