Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
The Houston Grand Opera Orchestra is one of the premiere opera orchestras in North America. Founded in 1955, it has grown from a small regional orchestra to forty-nine members. The opera company has been performing in its home theater, the Wortham Center, since 1987, and performs six mainstage operas per year, along with other smaller productions both in the Wortham Theater and throughout city of Houston. The orchestra has been praised for its performances of standard operas as well as its many premieres of new operas throughout the years. In the past, the orchestra was conducted by John DeMain and is now led by music director Patrick Summers.