Click above to buy a $30 orchestra seat for the Saturday, February 6, show at 7:30 p.m. Buy here for a $30 orchestra seat for the Saturday, February 13, show at 7:30 p.m. ($76–$226 value)
Today’s Groupon offers access to high culture without using a highly realistic Steven Weber disguise. For $30, you get an orchestra-level seat at the Houston Grand Opera’s The Turn of the Screw (a $76 to $226 value depending on the seat location). The HGO, now in its 55th season, lit a match under this town’s oil-soaked social scene with Salome in the '50s, and the subsequent fire still rages. Based in the conveniently downtown Wortham Center, the HGO is equally adept at delivering both the epic Wagnerian earthquake of Lohengrin and the sweet, bawdy lilt of the The Elixir of Love. Now it brings its barrel chests and heaving bosoms to a Victorian ghost story.
The indomitable British composer Benjamin Britten wrote the uncanny and creepy The Turn of the Screw in a feverish four months in 1954. Based on the haunting Henry James novella, The Turn of the Screw sings the story of an isolated English governess wresting with an evil spirit for the souls of two young children in her charge. How far will she go to protect them? What sacrifice will she have to make? Is the ghost real, or only in her head? It’s kind of like The Shining, but without the blood floods and Jack Nicholson belting out “Bring me a meatloaf! A good meatloaf!” in soprano.
Orchestra seats put you close enough to the violinist to see her strings tremble as she holds the notes from the show’s taught and frightening theme. From here, it’s easy to see the subtler expressions of woe and pathos in the faces of the performers on the 17,000-square-foot stage. Before the show, wander the soaring music hall and admire the eerie, 21-foot-long John Biggers mural, or strike up a romance with an oil heir or heiress and set yourself up for life.
This deal can be applied to one of two separate performances on February 6 and the 13, both at 7:30 p.m. Be sure the grab the one you want, unless you plan on attending twice and spoiling the ending for everyone else.
Tickets will be available at will call on the date of your selected performance. Seating placement within the orchestra section is subject to availability.
- Houston Grand Opera’s opening night performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto was nearly as powerful as the thunderstorms that raged outside the Brown Theater. The sold-out Houston crowd that braved the weather saw their devotion rewarded with one of the most moving performances of Gilda the city has ever seen… – Aaron Smith, MusicWeb International
- It was refreshing to see a major urban opera company not be afraid to take risks. – Kate B., Insider Pages