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Houston Grand Opera sings a special tune for laid-off energy workers with free renewals

Houston Grand Opera offers special deal to laid-off energy workers

Houston Grand Opera HGO 2015-2016 season announcement January 2015 Puccini TOSCA
Houston Grand Opera opens with Puccini's Tosca on October 23. Photo by © Felix Sanchez

Laid-off energy workers may be singing the blues, but they'll soon have a chance to hum an opera aria or two.

Houston Grand Opera announced late Tuesday that it is offering a free renewal for the upcoming season’s subscription package to any current subscriber who lost his or her job in the energy industry.

“We want to offer energy sector employees who have been loyal subscribers our support during this difficult time,” Perryn Leech, managing director of HGO said in a statement.  “People in the energy industry have been generous to Houston Grand Opera, and we want to offer them thanks for supporting our work over the years.”

The offer came amid reports that ConocoPhillips is the latest energy company to cut its workforce. The energy giant announced it plans to cut 1,800 employees, or 10 percent of its global workforce — including more than 500 of the firm’s 3,750 employees in Houston, the Chronicle reports.  Chevron, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger and Royal Dutch Shell are among other energy companies who also announced staff cuts in recent weeks.

Subscriptions for the the seven-package HGO season opening night package range from $1,826 for a seat in the founders box to $114 for a balcony seat. Other subscription prices vary, according to day and time.

The season opens in late October with productions of Puccini’s Tosca and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, followed by a holiday presentation of Rachel Portman and Nicholas Wright’s The Little Prince, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; Dvořák’s Rusalka, Wagner’s Siegfried; and the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, Carousel.