A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I attended the chamber opera, O Columbia, performed by Houston Grand Opera. A chamber opera is very small and has only the most basic costumes, orchestra, and stage setting.
This opera was about the space shuttle Columbia disaster. The stage was backed by a large sheet and shadow puppets enhanced the performance. The costumes were black trousers and tops for all and the set consisted of a bed, a ladder, and various small props.
The opera was lovely! The songs were thought provoking and interesting - it's rare that I hear an opera in English so it was a treat to not have to follow along with the subtitles. The story of Columbia was woven into a larger theme about exploration and risk, and while I understood it, I was initially confused, as was my friend.
I'm glad we went to the show. It was a unique opera and an interesting experience.