Hospitality Volunteers often get to meet internationally recognized performers. At the Rigoletto Cast Party, John and Judy Mixon welcome Laura Claycomb.
If you want to meet artists and introduce them to Houston, check out this volunteer opportunity.
A team of Hospitality volunteers works behind the scenes of each opera production. Each artist (i.e., a singer, director, conductor, lighting designer, choreographer etc.) is assigned a Host. The Host prepares a 'welcome basket' for the artist's arrival at his apartment, picks the artist up at the airport (and takes him back after the run), gives him an Opening Night gift or memento, invites the artist to the informal Cast Party (and makes sure that he has transportation to get there), and generally makes the artist feel welcome during his stay. Trips to Galveston, NASA, the Galleria, and local restaurants can be fun extras if the artist has time. Hosts also help to plan and produce the Cast Party.
The Hospitality Committee exists to welcome HGO artists to Houston. Volunteers get to know the artists and enjoy a more personal involvement in the opera.
You can be a Chief Host and coordinate the team of volunteers for an opera and plan the cast party. You can Host an artist. You can volunteer your home as a cast party location. You can underwrite the cost of a cast party.
All Guild members are eligible to be on the Hospitality Committee. Initial team sign-up usually takes place at the Volunteer Gathering each spring, and new volunteers are always welcome to join throughout the year.
For photos of Rigoletto Hospitality events, please visit the Rigoletto Team Photo Album.
For photos of Brief Encounter Cast Party, please visit the Brief Encounter Cast Party Photo Album.