Sugar Land, TX - The City is partnering with the Houston Grand Opera and the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center to offer a free informational performance on April 10, at 3 p.m., at the community/worship center, 1700 First Colony Blvd.
The performance is part of an initiative of the Parks and Recreation Department to expand and promote cultural arts in Sugar Land.
Three featured HGO artists -- Yongzhoa Yu, of China, Federico De Michelis, of Argentina, and Sahar Nouri, of Iran – will perform and discuss the opera’s artist in residence program. The program will include a question and answer session where the artists will discuss anecdotes about their lives, careers and crafts.
Founded in 1977, this young artist development program is one of the most recognized and respected young artist programs in the world. The April 10 performance offers an opportunity to experience opera in a unique and personal way, combining arias and lighter musical selections with anecdotes about the artists’ lives, careers and crafts.
Yu finished his degree at the Shanghai Conservatory and has made a big move to the United States. He won two prizes in Concert of Arias: the coveted Audience Choice Award and the inaugural Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award.
De Michelis moved to Houston from Spain, where he studied for the past three years. He won third prize in Concert of Arias. This summer, he made his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Guccio in Woody Allen’s staging of Gianni Schicchi.
Nouri is a former violinist who performed with the Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra and won several prizes for both violin and piano in national music festivals in Iran. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she received a specialist degree in vocal coaching and collaboration under the tutelage of the legendary Martin Katz. She holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano from Arizona State University.