HGO’s Concert of Arias | Houston Press


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Imagine you are a young singer, hoping for a career in opera and you’ve worked hard enough, been good enough and had enough stamina to reach the finalist stage of a competition where you’ll be performing before a theater jammed with opera lovers.

But now instead of facing a live audience at your big moment, you are instead greeted with facsimiles of people: 2D cardboard cutouts filling the seats as you sing two arias in the course of the evening before a panel of judges. The rewards are still the same — recognition, prize money, possible accepted into a respected training program — but the ambience, well it’ll be a bit different.

This Friday, Houston Grand Opera’s 2021 Concert of Arias will air live but virtually as HGO like

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