Celebrated Italian director of film and opera, Franco Zeffirelli, believed opera to be a “planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate the arts.” Opera is haunting, soothing, personal, thought-provoking and spiritual. To Buck Ross, UH music professor and director of the Moores Opera Center, opera is moving and connecting.
“It’s very important to me that opera be instantly accessible to people,” Ross said. “It should be like going to the movies.”
The Moores Opera Center, celebrating its 25th anniversary, performs four operas a year, usually performances not being offered at other venues in Houston. This year, the UH repertoire includes Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Leo? JanáÄek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, based on a 1920’s comic strip in the Czech Republic.
The material is challenging for students, some of whom aspire to careers in singing, but Ross says the journey is necessary. And it is in that challenge that he finds reward.
“I tell people that I like it because it’s hard. I like it because it challenges my mind and I’ve also found that I was moved by opera in a way that nothing else did,” he said. “There is something about the combination of music and drama that bypasses a certain part of our intellect and goes right to our hearts.”
The Moores Opera Center is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston. I’m Marisa Ramirez.
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