Houston Grand Opera is turning to a music-loving armadillo named Sandy in its efforts to cultivate the next generation of opera lovers.
The opera company, through its HGOco education and community initiative, has published its first book, The Armadillo's Dream, which it hopes will introduce young readers to opera and the HGO's home-stage, the Wortham Theater Center. Written by Dennis Arrowsmith, HGOco's Touring Programs Manager, with illustrations by Eduard Hakobyan, the book follows the adventures of Sandy, an armadillo who lives on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou in Houston, whose dream is to sing. Proceeds from the book will also fund future projects.
This week on A Tempo (Saturday 11/17 at 7 pm), host Rachel Katz will speak with Arrowsmith, as well as with Carleen Graham, director of HGOco, about the book and other efforts to introduce opera and music to young people throughout Houston.