Houston Grand Opera, opera company in Houston, Tex., founded 1955 by the German-American impresario and conductor Walter Herbert, who was general director and conductor until 1972. The company performs at the Wortham Theater Center. David Gockley led the company from 1972 to 2005. Patrick Summers has been music director since 1988 and artistic director since 2011; Perryn Leech has served as managing director since 2011. The company regularly commissions new works, mostly by American composers, and has an extensive program for developing young artists and administrators.
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