$35 for Opera Under the Stars Performance for Two at Bayou Bend on Saturday, September 22, at 8 p.m. (Up to $70 Value)

Washington Ave./ Memorial Park

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Against the lush backdrop of the moonlit Diana Garden, singers and musicians trill notes inspired by Harry Houdini

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Promotional value expires Sep 22, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person. Redeem starting 9/22 for entrance at venue gate. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Bayou Bend. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Bayou Bend's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 45 minutes before showtime. Must be 13 or older. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal to see Opera Under the Stars, presenting Opera Vista’s production of Houdini the Great at Bayou Bend. For $35, you get two tickets for unassigned lawn seating on Saturday, September 22, at 8 p.m. (up to a $70 value). Gates open at 7:15 p.m. Guests should arrive early for the best seats and plan to bring blankets or lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the show will be rescheduled for Sunday, September 23.

Every autumn, the Bayou Bend branch of Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts sets up a stage in a lush, formal garden to regale audiences with a rotating selection of songs and music under the stars. This year, Opera Vista trills and tremolos through Andy Pape’s and Erik Clausen’s Houdini the Great, a musical biography of the legendary escape artist. The story weaves through various aspects of the Hungarian-born illusionist’s life, from his childhood immigration to the United States to fame, fortune, and the secrets kept by his beautiful wife, Kowalski. Staged in the serene Diana Garden of the mansion at Bayou Bend, the opera draws spectators to tour the central hall of the 1920s house until 7:45 p.m., as well as to gaze at shrubs and hedges sculpted to resemble outdoor parlors. Guests may purchase refreshments at the event and should refrain from bringing outside edibles, children younger than 13, and CliffsNotes.


Though Bayou Bend sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the former estate of philanthropist and art collector Miss Ima Hogg, was completed in 1928 according to classical designs by renowned Houstonian architect John F. Staub. The elegant mansion houses the Early American decorative arts and paintings collection of Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, a congregation of nearly 2,600 furnishings, paintings, and ceramics that populates 28 period rooms in the carefully renovated house. The objects date back as far as 1620, letting the viewer observe the evolution of American taste from the Colonial to Victorian eras. Bayou Bend’s eye-widening assemblage of still lifes, armchairs, and silver was labeled a “treasure-trove” of Americana by Frommer’s, as well as a “must-see” for antiques collectors and gardeners.

The mansion at Bayou Bend is flanked by 14 acres of formal gardens and natural woodlands. Hogg designed the formal gardens as outdoor rooms for hobnobbing and decorated them with statues of a goddess and two muses, inspiring the northern blooms to write sonnets about honeybees. Today, organic gardening methods maintain the flourishing magnolias and crape myrtles.

Customer Reviews

I had a great experience. The garden is beautiful and you feel like going back in time drinking wine in the backyard of the mansion .
Luis H. · October 21, 2012
Beautiful! I will definitely return with friends & family.
Israel F. · October 21, 2012
It was a lovely way to spend an evening with my husband. The place is a sanctuary in the city!
Brandy D. · October 7, 2012
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    Washington Ave./ Memorial Park

    6003 Memorial Dr.

    Houston, Texas 77007

    713-639-7750

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