Moores Opera Center Season

Announcing the 2016-17 Season of
The Moores Opera Center

La Rondine The Crucible - Program cover art

by Robert Ward

Witch-hunting fever has infected the town of Salem, turning neighbor against neighbor with devastating results.  A searing indictment of mob psychology, Arthur Miller’s classic drama was written as a response to the McCarthy anti-Communist witch-hunts of the 1950’s. His play inspired this Pulitzer Prize winning opera by American Robert Ward.

October 21,22, 24, 2016 at 7:30 PM
October 23, 2016 at 2 PM

Sung in the original English with the text projected over the stage.


Cosi Fan Tutte The Secret Marriage - Program cover art

(Il matrimonio segreto)
by Domenico Cimarosa

So, you’ve secretly married your father’s assistant, your father is a fool, your sister is a harpy, your maiden aunt is lusting after your new husband, and a wealthy English count has come to enter into an arranged marriage with your sister, but decides he’d much rather marry you instead.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

At its premiere, this opera so delighted Emperor Leopold II that he ordered dinner for the cast and commanded the opera to be repeated that evening in its entirety! You will be glad to know we are planning on doing it only once a night, but if you bought us dinner we just might change our minds…

January 27, 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM
January 29, 2017 at 2 PM

Sung in the original Italian with English translation projected over the stage.


 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina - Program cover art

Music by John Musto
Libretto by Mark Campbell

Picture it: Sicily, 1930’s.
An inspector from Mussolini’s Rome is paying an incognito visit to a small Italian village, sending everyone into a frenzy of comic obsequiousness, greed, and lust for power.  American composer John Musto’s very funny adaptation of Gogol’s satirical play, The Government Inspector, premiered recently at Wolf Trap to rapturous reviews.

January 26, 28, 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Sung in the original English with the text projected over the stage.


 Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet Program cover art

by Charles Gounod

Lyrical music that will cause you to swoon makes this story of doomed love even more romantic than Shakespeare. Gounod’s opera proves that French is still the language of love. Bring a date, but don’t tell your parents.

April 7, 8, 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM
April 9, 2017 at 2 PM

Sung in the original French with English translation projected over the stage.


 What's Opera, Duck? What's Opera, Duck? Program cover art

Be there to launch the University of Houston Moores Opera Center’s new season at the famed Mucky Duck with our annual cabaret evening of favorite arias and musical theatre songs, wryly hosted by director Buck Ross.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:30 PM
For advance tickets: www.mcgonigels.com

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk
Houston, TX 77098