Siegfried: Wagner’s Warrior Hero Finds Love

Three Mondays, March 21, 28, and April 11, 6:30-8:00 and Wednesday, April 13, time to be ANNOUNCED. | Private residences for the first three sessions; addresses will be provided to subscribers. Full-course participants are invited to be guests of the Houston Grand Opera at the dress rehearsal in Brown Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue, 77002. Limited enrollment.

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has passed the half way mark in its first staging of Wagner’s four-opera Ring cycle – a truly historic event for the city of Houston. Join HGO dramaturg Paul Hopper to learn about the third installment, Siegfried, the opera that inspired the entire cycle.

In Siegfried, we finally meet the hero destined to find Wotan’s sword. With it, he is able to slay the dragon Fafner, collect the all-powerful ring, and awaken the now mortal Brünnhilde from her magic slumber.

We will enrich our appreciation of Wagner’s monumental saga over three course sessions, as we learn about the mythological roots of the epic tale, key musical moments to listen for, and the massive technical demands a Ring cycle puts on an opera house. The course culminates in a fourth session at the final dress rehearsal of Siegfried at Houston Grand Opera, a benefit of full course participation

Paul Hopper became HGO’s dramaturg in December 2014. He manages research and development for HGO’s operas, translates and designs surtitles for all productions, and is the resident opera information source. Mr. Hopper holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Houston.



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If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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