The “King of Opera” reopened Houston’s Wortham Theater Center with a stirring performance and benefit concert.
THE PARTY The Houston Grand Opera celebrated its return to the Wortham Theater Center with a benefit concert featuring opera star Plácido Domingo—back for the first time in 30 years since he opened Wortham Theater with a role in Verdi’s Aida—joined by soprano and HGO studio alumna Ana María Martínez and the HGO orchestra. THE SCENE The event sold out, with more than 2,400 music lovers, philanthropists and opera fiends in attendance, including underwriter Margaret Alkek Williams, council member Robert Gallegos and Mayor Sylvester Turner, who proclaimed Sept. 26 as Wortham Theater Center Day. THE HIGHLIGHTS The stirring program of classics such as duet “Pura siccome un angelo,” from La Traviata, and “Tonight” from West Side Story, garnered a standing ovation. Partygoers, including Domingo, then headed to The Post Oak Hotel for a four-course feast inspired by Spain and raised more than $1.5 million in benefit of HGO’s post-Harvey programming. What a comeback! -Mellanie Perez
Photos by Jenny Antill, Priscilla Dickson and Lynn Lane