The government shutdown is now the longest in American history, and many furloughed Federal employees are starting to feel the pinch. To help them out, many Houston-area restaurants are offering free or discounted meals to furloughed employees, but sometimes free food isn’t enough to give out-of-work government workers are real sense of normalcy. To help do their part for Houston’s furloughed federal workers, the Houston Grand Opera has announced they will give free tickets to out-of-work government employees.
Free federal employee tickets are available for the following performances at the Wortham Theater Center:
- Florencia en el Amazonas: Jan. 26, Jan. 30, and Feb. 3
- The Pearl Fishers: Jan. 25, Jan. 27, Feb. 2, Feb. 5, and Feb. 8
Florencia en el Amazonas is an opera written by contemporary Mexican composer Daniel Catán. The opera was jointly commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Seattle Opera in 1995 and premiered in 1996. It was the first Spanish-language opera to be commissioned by major American opera houses. The opera tells the story of a famous opera soprano returning home aboard a steamboat with passengers who are unaware of her identity. The boat runs aground during a storm, stranding its passengers in the Amazon.
The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles) was written by legendary French composer Georges Bizet and premiered in 1863. The opera contains one of the best-known duets in Western opera and is considered to be one of Bizet’s best alongside Carmen. The story involves poor pearl fishers also caught in a storm and a whole lot of star-crossed lovers.
Federal employees affected by the ongoing government shutdown can reserve one pair of complimentary tickets per person per production, subject to availability. A valid government ID must be presented when collecting tickets from the box office.