Houston Grand Opera at RCC

HGOArtists in Residence Performance

WHEN: Friday, March 24, 7:30p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

Suggested donation to RCC: $20

Performers: Sol Jin, baritone, Mane Galoyan, soprano, Geoffrey Loff, pianist/coach

Armenian soprano Mane Galoyan won third place in the women’s voice division of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in summer 2015. Other prestigious awards include a 2014 prize in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, and first prize in the 7th Bibigul Tulegenova International Singing Competition in Kazakhstan. Ms. Galoyan is an alumna of HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy (2013) and HGO Studio artist (2015–17).

Korean baritone Sol Jin made his opera debut in 2014 at Carnegie Hall in New York City as the Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata. In October 2015 “Opera News” chose him as one of 25 rising opera stars in America. Mr. Jin received 1st prize in The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and 4th prize in The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation’s Annual International Vocal Competition, Emerging Artist Awards for Opera Index Competition (2015), and 2nd Prize of XIV ALTAMURA/CARUSO International Voice Competition (2015). His stage appearances with various opera companies include: Rodrigo in Don Carlo,  Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Macbeth in Macbeth and Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro.

Miami, Florida, native Geoffrey Loff is a répétiteur, collaborative and solo pianist, assistant conductor, and composer. He made his concert debut at age 13 and has performed as a soloist for the Chopin Foundation and the International Miami Piano Festival. As a collaborative pianist, he has been a frequent performer for the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Chopin Foundation. He was pianist and music director for Atlanta Opera’s outreach program, young artist and assistant conductor for Opera North, and resident artist for Minnesota Opera. In summer 2015, he was a staff pianist and assistant conductor with Skylark Opera and Mill City Opera. At HGO Geoffrey Loff had been a coach for The Elixir of Love, Nixon in China, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Tosca, The Little Prince, The Marriage of Figaro, Siegfried,  and HGOco’s world premiere of Laura Kaminsky and Mark Campbell/Kimberly Reed’s Some Light Emerges. Mr. Loff is HGO Studio artist (2015–17).

Performance Program:

  • “Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette by Gounod
  • “Di provenza il mar, il suol” from La traviata by Verdi
  • Armenian art song
  • Korean art song
  • Ride of the Valkyries piano transcription by Wagner
  • “La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni by Mozart
  • “Quando m’en vo’” from La bohème by Puccini
  • “Largo al factotum” from Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Private Evening “HGO at Russian Cultural Center”

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 7:00p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas, CaviArt Gallery (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)


This is a private event for our members and supporters.HGO

In the program:

  • “Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle” from Roméo et Juliette, Gounod
  • “Voi che sapete” from The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
  • Olga’s aria from Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky
  • “If I Loved You” from Carousel, Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • The Red Dress, song by Ricky Ian Gordon

Megan Samarin
, mezzo-soprano. Megan is a second-year artist with the HGO Studio, was a finalist in HGO’s 2014 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias and is an alumna of HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy. Last season at HGO, she sang Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and this September she performed Lady Columbia in HGOco’s world premiere of Gregory Spears and Royce Vavrek’s O Columbia.

Kirill Kuzmin, pianist and coach, HGO Studio artist (2015–16). Kirill was born in Moscow. He studied at the State Musical College in Moscow and then at the Moscow State Conservatory.  After graduation, he entered the Young Artists Program of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, and then worked for that company as a pianist and coach on numerous productions.  In 2014 and 2015, he served as an apprentice coach with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. Kirill has appeared in recital in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre Beethoven Hall and Carnegie Hall. This season at HGO, he coached singers in Eugene Onegin.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com


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This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
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