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June 26, 2021

Megan joins her friends at The Houston G&S Society for an evening of tomfoolery as the gang steps into each other's shoes! Could Mabel finally get her chance to rule the seven seas??? For it is, it IS a glorious thing to be a pirate king!

Details to come!

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Twenty-Four

A New Opera from Old Sources

August 1, 2021 Place: Sam Houston State University

Renowned tenor Tony Boutte presents a brand new full-length opera, comprised of music from the most well-known anthology in classical singing, 24 Italian Songs and Arias. This new opera will be workshopped by Megan, Tony, and their colleagues in early August. More details to come!

Photo from another baroque opera production: Charpentier’s Orphee aux Enfers, with The Boston Early Music Festival



Recent Events

Master Class with Tom Cipullo

October 11, 2017

UNT hosts American opera composer Tom Cipullo in a master class featuring his acclaimed works.  Megan Stapleton, soprano and Austin Murray, baritone perform Lucy, a 10 minute opera about an elderly woman, struggling with loneliness and possibly Alzheimers, who holds a conversation with an imagined friend.

4pm October 11, 2017 Lyric Theater, Murchison Center

Mozart's Exultate Jubilate; Schubert's Mass in G - Galveston Symphony Orchestra

April 23, 2017 Place: Grand 1894 Opera House

Megan returns to the Grand 1894 Opera House to perform once again with Galveston Symphony Orchestra. GSO's closing concert will feature musical beauties including Mozart's Exultate Jubilate and Schubert's Mass in G.

More information to follow

Telemann Concert - Houston Baroque

February 11, 2017 Place: 4807 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77056

Cantatas, Instrumental Chamber Works, and Solo Organ Works



Megan Stapleton and Julia Fox, soprano


Nadia Lesinska, baroque violin


Bruce Brogdon, theorbo


Jordan Witherspoon, viola da gamba


Patrick Parker, organ and harpsichord



Saturday, February 11, 6:00 P.M.


St. Philip Presbyterian, 4807 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77056

Houston Baroque Album Release

December 15, 2016

Houston Baroque releases its debut album this December. Featuring exquisite early music, including five of Handel's Nine Italian Arias this CD will be released under Raven Records. To sample previews of some of the music which will be featured on the CD, click on this link: http://www.houstonbaroque.org/news.html

Says early music pioneer Max van Egmond of the recording, "A surprising recording, with an attractive program, showing the quality of each member of the ensemble. stylish music making. Very good sound. the organ is splendid. I'm looking forward to more recordings and I'm sure this ensemble will make it."

Pre-order your CD  

Baroque Recital with Aschauer and Carrettin

November 9, 2016

Megan Stapleton, soprano - Mario Aschauer, harpsichord - Zachary Carrettin, violin and cello da spalla

SHSU Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall

Paul English Music Presents: OLDEN JAZZ

October 29, 2016 Place: 3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Paul English Music presents Olden Jazz, featuring Megan Stapleton with The Paul English Trio. Hear your favorite standards as well as rarely performed treasures of the twenties, thirties, and forties. Order dinner or kick back with a glass of wine, and let timeless music fill your soul.


Megan Stapleton, vocals

Paul English, piano

Brennen Nase, bass

Tim Solook, drums


This concert is part of Paul English Music's Jazz Nights at Canopy series.


Location: 3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Time: 8pm-11pm

Cover charge: $10 per person

Paul English Music Presents: SINGERS SHOWCASE

October 23, 2016 Place: 3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Paul English Music presents SINGERS SHOWCASE in the Jazz Nights at Canopy series. Sample the vocal stylings of three uniquely different singers as Cecy Duarte, Elisha Jordan and Megan Stapleton tag-team at the mic. The trio will also team up for a few tight-harmony trios reminiscent of an era gone by. We invite you mark your calendars and reserve your table. Come, kick back and let us massage your ears with the music that speaks to us. We hope it will speak to you.


Elisha Jordan, vocals

Cecy Duarte, vocals

Megan Stapleton, vocals

Paul English, piano

Brennen Nase, bass

Tim Solook, drums


Says Paul English, "I am thrilled to work with Claire Smith of Canopy to create a new venue for jazz in Houston at Canopy restaurant in Montrose. Tasty food and drink, excellent service, and comfortable digs - and some of the best musicians I know. Our nights may rock, but coolness will prevail. I look forward to seeing you there!"


Location: 3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Time: 7pm-10pm

Cover charge: $10 per person 

Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Ars Lyrica

September 9, 2016 Place: Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center

Ars Lyrica’s 2016/17 season opens with a trip to Versailles, where French kings and their courtiers cultivated pleasures of all kinds, including musical follies. Marc-Antoine Charpentier's witty chamber Opera pairs nicely with motets, drinking songs, and chamber works by François Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau, for a sumptuous and quinessentially French musical feast. Unusual for its era, Les Plaisirs de Versailles is a comedy - and an ode to both wine and chocolate! (Quoted from the 2016-2017 Ars Lyrica brochure.)

Location: Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center
Tickets: Available May 1st. www.arslyricahouston.org

Italian Masters - Houston Baroque

September 4, 2016 Place: 1311 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77004

Chamber vocal and instrumental music and Solo organ works by Lonati, Monteverdi, Zipoli, and others



Megan Stapleton and Julia Fox, soprano


Nadia Lesinska, baroque violin


Bruce Brogdon, theorbo


Jordan Witherspoon, viola da gamba


Patrick Parker, organ and harpsichord



Sunday, September 4, 7:00 P.M. 


First Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004 


This concert is generously underwritten by Kevin and Jane Kremer.

Princess Ida - July 22-24 & July 29-31

July 22, 2016 Place: The Wortham Center

Houston's Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents Princess Ida, featuring Megan Stapleton in the title role.  As with all Gilbert and Sullivan shows, this is one for the whole family! 

Location: The Wortham Center

Dates and Time: 
July 22nd & 23rd @ 8pm
July 24th @ 2:30pm
July 29th & 30th @ 8pm
July 31st @ 2:30pm

Tickets @ www.gilbertandsullivan.org