Forget your tunes of ennui, Houston, ’cause the curtain’s rising on in-person opera at the Wortham Center once more. Late last week, the Houston Grand Opera announced its highly anticipated 2021-2022 season, and after seeing the schedule, we can officially say it was worth the wait.

The new season, HGO’s first with live audiences since the coronavirus pandemic began, kicks off with a revival of Rob Ashford’s rendition of Carmen, which the company performed in 2014, and includes the long-awaited world premiere of Snowy Day, based on the beloved children’s’ book by Jack Ezra Keats, as well as crowd-pleaser Magic Flute and Giacomo Puccini’s final opera, Turandot.

But we’re especially interested in HGOco’s world premiere of Turn and Burn, A Rodeo Opera in February 2022. Part of the company’s Song of Houston initiative, the 75-minute chamber opera, which was developed from interviews with athletes of Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, “offers a feminist perspective on contemporary rodeo culture,” according to a release.

“We are thrilled beyond measure to join our beloved audience for a new season of opera,” HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers, said in the statement. “Nothing stirs the soul like being in the theater for a live opera performance—nothing.”

And if you’re still not ready to join the adoring in-person crowd just yet, you don’t have to. In a post-pandemic twist, the opera company also announced the continuation of its HGO Digital programming. These online-only performances will be announced at a later date.

Is it too soon to call for an encore?

More info and tickets at alleytheatre.org. See the full schedule below. 

Houston Grand Opera 2021-2022 Schedule

Carmen: Oct 22–Nov 7, 2021

The Snowy Day: Dec 9–19, 2021*

Dialogues of the Carmelites: Jan 14–22, 2022

Magic Flute: Feb 4–13, 2022

Turandot: Apr 22–May 6, 2022

Romeo and Juliet: Apr 29–May 11, 2022

* World Premiere

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