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Joseph Campana

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Joseph Campana is a poet, arts writer, and scholar. He is the author of a collection of poems, The Book of Faces, and has received grants from the NEA and the Houston Arts Alliance. You can find his poems, essays, and reviews of books, dance, theater, and visual arts writing in Slate, Poetry, Guernica, Dance International, Culture Vulture, Explore Dance, BigRed&Shiny, and the Kenyon Review. He teaches at Rice University. He teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at Rice University.    

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Talk Opera To Me

Seductive Carmen ensures Houston Grand Opera closes on an ultra sexy note

By Joseph Campana

Early in Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Albrecht makes a choice: Love or power. He can only make the magic ring from the Rheinmaidens’ gold if he swears off romance ...


Talk Opera To Me

Putting a Ring on it elevates Houston Grand Opera to new heights — and accomplishes a great dare

By Joseph Campana

There’s only one Ring — Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, a mammoth endeavor comprised of four operas for which Wagner crafted both music and librettos over 26 years ...


Talk Opera To Me

The highlight of the season: A Coffin In Egypt pushes Houston Grand Opera in a bold, new direction

By Joseph Campana

Whether it hails from ancient Egypt or Egypt, Texas, A Coffin in Egypt is anything but old news. Houston Grand Opera's 52nd world premiere, composed by Ricky Ian Gordon ...


Talk Opera To Me

Opera inspired by one of Hollywood's greatest stars gets a Houston moment: How about A Little Night Music?

By Joseph Campana

Stephen Sondheim gave a nod to Mozart when he titled A Little Night Music. But it's clear he had Ingmar Bergman on the brain. Where would Sondheim have been ...


Talk Opera To Me

Brutal sex, evil clowns and a vicious curse: It's just another night at Houston Grand Opera

By Joseph Campana

Clowns, jesters and fools: Why do these figures of theatrical tomfoolery turn tragic? It may be some weeks before the Houston Grand Opera is ready to "Send in the Clowns ...


Talk Opera To Me

Controversial Holocaust guard opera sets sail in Houston: Are you on board?

By Joseph Campana

Passengers above, prisoners below. With such a simple structure Houston Grand Opera opens a new year with Mieczysław Weinberg's haunting The Passenger, which runs from Saturday through February 2 ...


Talk Opera To Me

Lessons from a farce: Houston Grand Opera's Die Fledermaus looks to restore the genre's good name

By Joseph Campana

It's been a hard month for the farce. Not once but twice President Obama launched this term at Republicans as he railed against the 16-day government shutdown, the third ...


Opera Time

In love with death: Houston Grand Opera's suffocating Aida spares no one, pulls off all-time great exit

By Joseph Campana

The opening of an opera season is the time to make a great entrance. But sometimes we remember best the drama of a great exit. Take Giuseppe Verdi's ever-popular ...


The Review is In

Frenzied bodies: Daring and provocative dance takes over in Houston Ballet season opener

By Joseph Campana

What's in a name? "Four Premieres" may be an accurate title for Houston Ballet's season opener, which runs through Sept. 15 at Wortham Theater Center, but the program ...


The Review is In

Real magic: Houston Ballet and Trey McIntyre put the wonder back into Peter Pan

By Joseph Campana

Fuzzy bunnies, padded booster seats, a stack of copies of Angelina Ballerina and a pirate hat: It's another night at Houston Ballet. But not just any night. The ballet ...


The Review is in

Revenge trumps love in compelling Houston Grand Opera production of Il Trovatore

By Joseph Campana

Is it not one of the great ironies of tragic opera that everyone should be in such good voice as disaster engulfs all? I found myself thinking this on the ...


HGO Preview

Hammer time: Love, revenge and the world's most famous anvil song make Il Trovatore special

By Joseph Campana

Even if you've never heard Verdi's Il Trovatore before, you've heard it before. You can experience firsthand one of Verdi's most popular works this week as ...


Talk Opera To Me

The show of the season? The allure of fatal love packs Houston Grand Opera's Tristan and Isolde with promise

By Joseph Campana

How do you love a myth? Passionately and to no good end, it seems, if we consider some of our favorite myths of love: Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra ...


'Tis the season

A ballet worth rioting over? Stanton Welch puts a new twist on the daunting "Rite of Spring"

By Joseph Campana

Spring is a time of renewal, but winter doesn’t always go quietly. As Houston Ballet prepares for its latest mixed repertory program, there’s definitely a sense of newness ...


The review is in

The thrill of bad behavior: HGO's Don Giovanni goes to the dark side but is not wicked enough

By Joseph Campana

Sometimes you're so wicked you get dragged down to hell. Sometimes you're so wicked, you don't even care. Central to Mozart's Don Giovanni is the vicarious ...


Ambitious production

Sweet songs and difficult conversation: HGO's Show Boat raises powerful racial themes

By Joseph Campana

Sometimes you just can't help loving something. Certainly, that's true of Jerome Kern's Show Boat, which audiences have loved since its debut in 1927. With its book ...


inspirational story

The work of artist Henry Ossawa Tanner is seen in a new light at rare MFAH exhibit

By Joseph Campana

Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Nina Simone — and don’t forget Henry Ossawa Tanner. Dancer, writer, singer, and painter, all four were African-American artists who left their homes, that perhaps didn ...


The Italian Girl in Algiers

A sexy shipwreck, Turkish drag and oh, those Italian girls: Houston Grand Opera gets feisty

By Joseph Campana

Everyone understands the appeal of pirates — sexy, naughty, dangerous. But what's the appeal of shipwreck? If you ask The Italian Girl in Algiers, she might say, "Transformation." Houston Grand ...


Poor Mimi is back at the pawn shop

La vie boheme! Houston Grand Opera is latest to tackle classic story of economic & erotic woe

By Joseph Campana

Can an opera be so good you'd perform it without its music? I was thinking about this question as I prepared for a brand-new production of Giacomo Puccini's ...


Strange Eggs

Menil's subdued Claes Oldenburg exhibit raises questions about surrealism and beauty

By Joseph Campana

How strange should strange be? When walking into a gallery dedicated to surrealism, one may find this a hard question to answer. Happily Houstonians can stroll into the Menil Collection ...


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