Established in 1955 by Charles Cockrell, Edward Bing, Louis G. Lobit and Walter Herbert, the Houston Grand Opera initially saw a modest beginning. The company only performed two opera shows, ‘Madame Butterfly’ and ‘Salome’, during its inaugural season. However, the company evolved over the years and became one of the most respected and notable opera companies in the world. Now, the company brings around eight new productions every season. The Houston Grand Opera is also the only opera company in the world that has bagged all three major awards including two Emmy Awards, two Grammys and one Tony Award.
The Houston Grand Opera began touring in 1975 when it staged the show, ‘Treemonisha’, at the Kennedy Center. The following year, the company brought ‘Porgy and Bess’ on the European stages as well as on the Broadway stages. The show garnered immense appraise from critics and won the opera company its first Grammy and Tony Award. Since then the company has toured extensively throughout the world, performing in Canada, Japan, Egypt, Germany, Italy, France, China, Australia and Brazil. The company has produced more than six American premiers and over forty world premieres including hits such as ‘Cold Sassy Tree’, ‘The Little Prince’, ‘The End of Affair’, ‘Brief Encounter’, ‘Little Women’, ‘Nixon in China’, ‘The Seagull’, ‘Willie Stark’ and ‘Robinson Crusoe’.
The four act opera show by Giuseppe Verdi, Aida has fascinated theatre lovers for over a century. First performed in 1871 in Cairo, Egypt, by conductor Giovanni Bottesini, the show features an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. In 1872, the show made its debut in Italy, where Verdi was heavily involved with its production. The show was extremely well received by the critics as well as audience. The success of the Italian premiere led towards several performances at major venues throughout the country. Since then, the show has been reproduced by numerous opera companies and staged in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm, Munich, Monaco, Bohemia, Russia, France, Poland, Hungary, Austria and Spain.
The epic tale of love and betrayal will be once again staged live at the Wortham Theater Center. The show will be performed at the Brown Theater that has a capacity of two thousand and four hundred seats. The venue features advance multimedia lighting and sound system that allows the audience to enjoy large ballet and opera productions. The classic opera will reveal the journey of a young Ethiopian princess Aida who is captured and enslaved in Egypt. Aida becomes the love interest of the Egyptian military commander Radames, who struggles to choose his loyalty for the Pharaoh over his love for Aida. The plot takes another turn when Amneris, Pharaoh’s daughter, reveals her love for Radames.
This exhilarating opera will surely keep the audiences glued to the stage. With advance sound system, mammoth set designs and soulful music, the show will offer a unique experience for the audience. In order to witness this exciting show by Houston Grand Opera, the fans can grab Houston Grand Opera Aida tickets for an unforgettable theatrical journey.