Opera & Musical Theater

Even Clowns Cry: Opera In The Heights Presents Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci

Houston’s small opera company opens its 20th season with the verismo masterpiece.

Opera in the Heights (OH) celebrates its 20th year with a season that includes The Medium and The Telephone, two short operas by Gian Carlo Menotti, Rossini’s beloved La Cenerentola, the story of Cinderella, Gluck’s 1762 masterpiece Orfeo ed Euridice.  The company opens its season with Ruggero Leoncavallo’s verismo classic Pagliacci which is currently on stage at Lambert Hall in the Heights through September 27.

OH music director, Eiki Isomura and American soprano Donata Cucinotta, who sings the role of Nedda, talk to Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about OH’s new season which sees the company going in a different direction.

Two Opera in the Heights musicians pose for a photo in a radio studio
Soprano Donata Cucinotta, who sings Nedda, and music director Eiki Isomura from Opera in the Heights current production of Pagliacci.


Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz is originally from Madrid (Spain). He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all platforms of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree...

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