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Cars out, piano in as opera company takes over showroom to celebrate 20th season

Cars out, piano in as opera company takes over auto showroom

Opera in the Heights Kenny, Marianne Terrell and Jordan Mathews
Kenny and Marianne Terrell and Jordan Mathews. Photo by Carl Cramer
Opera in the Heights Donata Cucinotta, Bethany Self
Donata Cucinotta sings while Bethany Self accompanies on the piano. Photo by Carl Cramer
Opera in the Heights Jeremiah Johnson, Lynn and James Chamberlain
Jeremiah Johnson and Lynn and James Chamberlain. Photo by Carl Cramer
Opera in the Heights Cori LaPorte and Claudio Gutierrez
Cori LaPorte and Claudio Gutierrez. Photo by Carl Cramer
Opera in the Heights Corey Powell, Eiki Isomura, Brittany Koger
Corey Powell, Eiki Isomura and Brittany Koger. Photo by Carl Cramer
Opera in the Heights Becky Buturovic, Mariam Khalili and Taylor Twohy
Becky Buturovic, Mariam Khalili and Taylor Twohy. Photo by Carl Cramer
Opera in the Heights James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez performs while Bethany Self accompanies on the piano. Photo by Carl Cramer
Opera in the Heights Deborah Haynie, Jeremiah Johnson, Donata Cucinotta and Kirby Janke
Deborah Haynie, Jeremiah Johnson, Donata Cucinotta and Kirby Janke. Photo by Carl Cramer
Opera in the Heights Dash Waterbury and Raphaella Medina
Dash Waterbury and Raphaella Medina. Photo by Carl Cramer
Opera in the Heights Eiki and Monica Isomura
Eiki and Monica Isomura. Photo by Carl Cramer
Opera in the Heights Kenny, Marianne Terrell and Jordan Mathews
Opera in the Heights Donata Cucinotta, Bethany Self
Opera in the Heights Jeremiah Johnson, Lynn and James Chamberlain
Opera in the Heights Cori LaPorte and Claudio Gutierrez
Opera in the Heights Corey Powell, Eiki Isomura, Brittany Koger
Opera in the Heights Becky Buturovic, Mariam Khalili and Taylor Twohy
Opera in the Heights James Rodriguez
Opera in the Heights Deborah Haynie, Jeremiah Johnson, Donata Cucinotta and Kirby Janke
Opera in the Heights Dash Waterbury and Raphaella Medina
Opera in the Heights Eiki and Monica Isomura

What: Opera in the Heights (Oh!) 20th anniversary season kick-off.

Where: Tommy Vaughn Ford in the Heights.

The 411: Shiny wheels out, baby grand piano in as the center of attention at the car dealership where Deborah Haynie and Kirby Janke hosted the gathering of subscribers, young professionals, board members and singers. 

In addition to the schmoozing, libations and nibbles, the evening included a musical program introduced by Oh! maestro Eiki Isomura. Principal cast members from the current production of I Pagliacci performed including tenor James Rodriguez. As guests applauded the artists, Oh!'s mission was brought home — providing a stage for young, emerging artists and providing affordable and accessible opera to Houston.

Who: Board chairman Josh Agrons, executive director Mariam Khalili, Marcia and Michael Feldman, Barbara and Ernest Henley, Corey Powell, Marianne and Kenny Terrell, Martita and Don Schmuck, Lynn and James Chamberlain and Donata Cucinotta.