Arts & Culture

New Year, New Leadership For A Houston Arts Group

Opera in the Heights serves as a launchpad for emerging opera singers looking to gain experience and exposure. Now, its leaders are working on growth offstage.

Paige Myrick
Paige Myrick, Opera in the Heights’ new Executive Director

In her new role, one of Paige Myrick’s top priorities will be building an audience of opera lovers, while keeping the company’s neighborhood in mind.

“I think Opera in the Heights is a great organization to provide opera that caters to the family experience,” she says. “That’s a large portion of the Heights community and I think we can really explore that demographic more.”

Myrick is already known as a forward-thinker within Houston’s arts community. Last summer, the former Houston Chamber Choir marketing director led a collaborative effort among five local arts organizations to attract more young subscribers.

Myrick has her work cut out for her: Opera in the Heights has seen its share of struggles during the past couple of years, including financial woes and a frequent turnover in management. But that hasn’t scared her or Eiki Isomura, who’s taken the post as new Artistic Director. He’s already busy programming.

“It’s going to be always a balance of the more familiar workhorses of the repertoire, as well as newer works that are becoming the new classics,” he explains.

Isomura and Myrick began their new roles at Opera in the Heights Monday.

Eiki Isomura
Eiki Isomura, Opera in the Heights’ new Artistic Director

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Amy Bishop

Amy Bishop

Arts and Culture Reporter

As Houston Public Media Arts and Culture reporter, Amy Bishop spotlights Houston’s dynamic creative community. Her stories have brought national exposure to the local arts scene through NPR programs such as Here and Now. Her radio career began in 1999 in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Prior to her current position,...

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