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Houston's hottest weekend happenings: Five (plus) don't-miss events

By Joel Luks

On the itinerary this weekend is an honest musical that will rip your heart out, an elegant recital filled with promise, a reading series of new American theater, a choral performance that doesn ...


Frederica Von Stade is back

Putting a ring on it: Houston Grand Opera reveals its new season and there's extra drama

By Joel Luks

In this world you're either growing or you're dying — so get in motion and grow. Words to live by from Lou Holtz, a famous American football coach, author and motivational speake ...


Shelby's Social Dairy

Albina Shagimuratova wows HGO crowd with magical mini concert in diamond-filled Bulgari salon

By Shelby Hodge

As gala kickoff parties go, the Houston Grand Opera evening at Bulgari was one for the books. Sure, the bubbly, the fancy hors d'oeuvres from Jackson & Co. and the high-fashion crowd are st ...


The show must go on

Houston Grand Opera goes through three tenors in La Traviata: Day saved with little rehearsal

By Whitney Radley

Young Mexican tenor David Lomelí was slated to play Alfredo Germont in Houston Grand Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata. But just days before ...


Love, sex, death & irony

Extraordinary singing overcomes lackluster production in Houston Grand Opera's La Traviata

By Theodore Bale

Sometimes a night at the opera is A Night at The Opera. I don’t mean in the sense of that 1935 Marx Brothers film. I’m thinking more of Queen’s fourth studio album, even if it was ...


Pick Five (Plus)

Your weekly guide to Houston: A Saint Arnold showdown, ROCO, Ricky Rubio & the ultimate Chinese New Year party

By Joel Luks

"It get's better," lord of the violin Joshua Bell joked from the Jones Hall stage. When the house lights came up after Bell's first piece, the audience thought it was intermission ...


No Free Love

Opera's greatest fallen women: HGO's La Traviata enjoys its place among the wicked seductresses

By Joseph Campana

Falling in love or just plain fallen? Many argue about the true subject of opera. Is it love, sex, death, nation, history, or the grandeur of music itself? Love is a popular answer. But as Hous ...


Pick Five (Plus)

Your weekly guide to Houston: Spanish carols, a French icon and a winter (solstice) wonderland

By Joel Luks

If there's such a thing as too much talent, it would resemble the Glassell School of Art studio sale over the weekend. Think of wall after wall filled with paintings, prints, mixed media and ph ...


The Arthropologist

Houston Grand Opera Studio is training a new generation of stars

By Nancy Wozny

What a marvel Joyce DiDonato was as Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. DiDonato may be a household name in opera circles, but she's also a former Houston Grand Ope ...


Warhorses & new productions

Houston Grand Opera's 2011-12 season highlights Verdi, Britten & my favorite new diva

By Theodore Bale

Still reeling from Houston Grand Opera’s stunning production of Lucia di Lammermoor Friday night, I was thrilled to learn that the company will present Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. It ...


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