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Houston Grand Opera and Holocaust Museum Houston present panel discussion on “How Identity Ages”

SAUL_Glyndebourne, Director; Barrie Kosky, Saul; Christopher Purves, David; Iestyn Davies, Merab; Lucy Crowe, Michal; Sophie Bevan, Jonathan; Paul Appleby, High Priest; Benjamin Hulett, Witch of Endor; John Graham_Hall,

What:   Houston Grand Opera (HGO) and the Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) present “How Identity Ages,” a panel discussion on the impact of aging on our identity, personal agency, and mental health, as part of HGO’s Seeking the Human Spirit and inspired by the opera Saul. This six-year, multi-disciplinary initiative, under the auspices of HGOco, explores universal spiritual themes raised in opera and expands and deepens Houstonians’ connections to opera and to art. Handel’s biblical oratorio Saul, running Oct. 25 – Nov. 8, is one of four 2019-20 mainstage productions connected with Seeking the Human Spirit that explores the theme of “identity” in profound and powerful ways.

In Saul, personal identity is threatened when power and glory are passed on to the next generation. How does Saul, the King of Israel, confront his waning power as he watches David seize the attention and influence he once knew? Barrie Kosky’s dramatic production explores issues relating to identity and aging and their effects on mental health. 

Who:     Professionals on the panel include:

  • Dr. Matthias Henze, Professor and Founding Director of the Program in Jewish Studies, Rice University
  • Dr. Robert Curt Peterson, Assistant Professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, staff Psychologist, Menninger Clinic
  • Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church downtown
  • Dr. Carleen Graham, Director of HGOco- Moderator

When:          Oct. 10 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where:         Ethel and Albert Herstein Theater

                  Holocaust Museum Houston

                        5401 Caroline St., Houston, 77004

Tariff:           Free, but registration is required at:


                  Parking is available on the campus for $8.