• St. Paul's United Methodist Church (map)
  • 5501 Main St
  • Houston, TX, 77004
  • United States

The December 11 Salt and Light program will feature studio artists in residence from the Houston Grand Opera. The artists will be D’Ana Lombard, soprano, and Sahar Nouri, pianist/coach.

This also marks the last program arranged by Susie Ragsdale, who retires once again from the St. Paul’s staff, though she has assured all that she will still be a presence here. Susie has worked almost her entire professional life at St. Paul’s or United Methodist organizations. She was the founding director of Prime Timers, the former name of Salt and Light, and the long-time director of the St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston. During her now-retiring staff position she had lead visitation as well as Salt and Light.

The HGO Studio is one of the most respected young artist programs in the country. For more than 30 years it has served young singers and pianist/coaches, providing a bridge between the full-time training and full-fledged operatic careers. Each year after an exhaustive nationwide search, a hand-selected group of talented individuals is brought to Houston to work alongside the best in the business at Houston Grand Opera. In main-stage productions and at other less traditional venues, these artists hone their craft as singing actors. 

The first-prize winner of HGO’s 2014 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias, Lombard has appeared with HGO as Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and First Lady in The Magic Flute.

This season with HGO, Nouri’s coaching includes Cosi fan tutte, Madame Butterfly, and Sweeney Todd plus appearances with the HGO Studio in recital at Rienzi.

Gather at 10:30 a.m., program at 11. An $8 lunch served to those who RSVP by December 9 to info@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527.