HGO brings drama to the New Year

The Houston Grand Opera welcomes the New Year with two thrilling %26#8212;%26nbsp;and chilling %26#8212; works in its ongoing 2010%26#8211;2011 season.
Puccini%26#8217;s Tosca finds vibrant new life in a production created especially for the HGO by renowned director John Caird. This time, the tragic love triangle pits Raymond Aceto%26#8217;s Baron Scarpia against Patricia Racette%26#8217;s Floria Tosca and Alexey Dolgov%26#8217;s Mario Cavaradossi. Bunny Christie designed the sets and costumes in the style of 19th-century Rome. Times and dates: 7:30 pm January 22 and 30, February 3 and 5; 2 pm February 7. (Performed in Italian with Italian supertitles.)
Henry James%26#8217; classic novel is explored in Britten%26#8217;s The Turn of the Screw %26#8212; the third production in the HGO%26#8217;s Benjamin Britten series. In this darkly woven tale, two children are haunted by the ghosts of their late governess and her lover. Soprano Amanda Roocroft is the new governess, who fights to protect her charges with only the help of the housekeeper (mezzo-soprano Judith Forst). Victorian sets capture the ambiance of the original novel, under the direction of Neil Armfield. Times and dates: 7:30 pm January 29 and February 6, 10 and 13; 2 pm January 31. (Performed in English with English supertitles.)
Both productions share the Wortham Theater Center%26#8217;s Brown Theater. Information and tickets www.houstongrandopera.org.
Above: Britten's The Turn of the Screw. Photo by Rob Maccoll courtesy of Opera Australia.
Below:%26nbsp; Set Model for Act 1 of HGO's new production of Tosca (set and costumes by Bunny Christie).

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