The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Houston Grand Opera Presents “The Arts of Intimacy”

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 – Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM


As part of its “Seeking the Human Spirit” initiative, Houston Grand Opera presents an evening of lecture, poetry, art, and music. This multidisciplinary event reflects the crossroads of culture, identity, and faith in 14th-century Spain.

“The Arts of Intimacy” draws inspiration from HGO’s production of La favorite and the book The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture. The opera focuses on a love triangle among a noblewoman, king, and warrior—which unfolds amidst the Arab occupation of 14th-century Iberia and the power struggles between church and state.

• Maya Soifir-Irish, Rice University professor, on interfaith relations of the period

• Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman, writer and artist
• Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Houston poet laureate

• Kyle Comer, musician (guitar)
• Michael Fares, musician (oud)
• Chabrelle Williams, soprano

Drop in! This event is free. On Thursdays, Museum general admission is free, courtesy of Shell Oil Company. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About “Seeking the Human Spirit” 

This six-year (2017–23), multidisciplinary initiative is designed to highlight the universal spiritual themes raised in opera and to expand and deepen Houstonians’ connections to opera and to art. The 2019–20 season focuses on the theme “Identity.”

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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