Houston Grand Opera hosts outdoor performance of Shakespearean gem

Typically, opera-goers should pack the Wortham Theater Center to enjoy a show. But now the Houston Grand Opera presents a timeless classic in the open air.

HGO will present Gounod’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, at the Miller Outdoor Theater (6000 Hermann Park Dr.) at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.

These free performances mark a new production led by the artists of HGO Studio, with tenor Ricardo Garcia as Romeo and soprano Elena Villalón as Juliet. Grammy Award-winning and HGO favorite baritone Donnie Ray Albert will play the role of Lord Capulet. HGO Resident Conductor Benjamin Manis will conduct.

Fans can expect an opulent score, with soaring duets for star-crossed lovers, choral harmonies, and new sets and costumes, according to a press release.

Romeo and Juliet will be two hours and 43 minutes including an intermission. The show will be sung in French with English translations planned.

As always, tickets for indoor seating at the Miller Outdoor Theater are free and available at 10:00 a.m. the day before each performance on the Miller website or at the box office. Seating on the hill is also free and open to the public.

For more information on tickets and seating, visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.

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