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This is your all-access pass to the world of opera and musical theater. Below you will find engaging information for some of the world's most beloved operas and musicals. Learn about each work's story, creators, history, and some musical highlights to listen for when you watch with your family!

Rossini

The Barber of Seville

Sparks fly between the witty Rosina and hopeless romantic Count Almaviva, but Rosina is betrothed to her pompous old guardian. Enter matchmaker Figaro: the cleverest barber in all of Seville whose talents go far beyond cutting hair!

Puccini

La bohème

A group of young artists and friends struggling to make ends meet experience love and loss in romantic 19th-century Paris.

Massenet

Cendrillon

Enter a world of fantasy where a mistreated girl becomes a princess with the help of her fairy godmother. Massenet's Cendrillon is the French version of the familiar fairytale, Cinderella. 

Mozart

Don Giovanni


Mozart’s legendary drama about a womanizer who lives only for his own pleasure — and is hair-raisingly punished in the end.

Strauss

Elektra

After her father, King Agamemnon, was murdered by her mother, Elektra wants vengeance.

Gounod

Faust

An aging philosopher sells his soul in hopes of youth and love. Is this bargain worth the price?

Verdi

Luisa Miller

A star-crossed romance by the composer of La Traviata and Rigoletto about sweet Luisa and her love for Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa’s own father loathes.

Puccini

Madama Butterfly

A heartbreaking story about Cio-Cio-San, who sacrifices family and culture to marry B.F. Pinkerton, only to see his ship sail away. We share her joy when he finally returns, and her utter despair when she realizes that he’s married an American woman and has come to take his young son—Cio-Cio-San’s child—back with him.

Mozart

The Magic Flute

Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno. 

Gluck

Orphée et Eurydice

Orpheus embarks on a perilous journey to the underworld to bring his wife back to life.

Tchaikovsky

The Queen of Spades

A broodingly romantic thriller from the composer of Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake. Gherman is an unhappy soldier desperate to learn a secret hidden by a mysterious old countess: the mystery of winning at cards. As his obsession begins to overwhelm him, it also affects the ones he loves and leads to his ultimate demise.

Verdi

Rigoletto

A court jester’s words create trouble for himself and his love-struck daughter.

Verdi

La traviata

A desperately ill courtesan finds her true love, but sacrifices herself to save his reputation. A heart-wrenchingly beautiful story of love and redemption.

Verdi

Il trovatore

This classic opera contains mistaken identity, love, curses, and anvils. What more could you ask for?

Puccini

Turandot

A cruel princess gives three riddles to every prince who wants to marry her. All have failed, until now.

Lloyd Weber/Rice

Jesus Christ Superstar

This epic rock opera tells the story of the last days of Jesus Christ in a modern, dance-packed production.

West Side Story

Two teenagers from opposing New York City gangs fall in love. Watch this star-crossed romance unfold with unforgettable dance and music.

Photos: Andrew Cioffi, Kyle Flubacker, Dan Rest, Todd Rosenberg, Cory Weaver, Lynn Lane/Houston Grand Opera, Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera