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Houston Opera Bummer

More Carmen Miranda than stunning Carmen: Houston Grand Opera closes with a whimper after Ring glory

By Theodore Bale

When it comes to Bizet’s Carmen, it’s an “either/or” situation. It’s either about the lusty Carmen with her cigarettes and seguidillas, or it’s all about Don Jos ...


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 forever. The choice ...


Grand Opera Ball

With dancers in swimsuits, a soprano on stage and flowers galore, Opera Ball is spectacular

By Shelby Hodge

Even without the stellar $2 million in proceeds, Saturday night's Houston Grand Opera Ball would have been one of the company's most memorable. With the dreamy Don Carlos from HGO's upc ...


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 thrill of bad behavio ...


Shelby About Town

Joanne King Herring heads to Middle East, Lester Smith discos for charity & DiverseWorks pulls off an artful welcome

By Shelby Hodge

Joanne King Herring's book tour for her tome, Diplomacy and Diamonds, is about to take an international leap thanks to the largesse of Zorah and Taseer Badar, ZT Wealth CEO. The Badars are host ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A heavenly recital with Ana María Martínez generously rewards the University of St. Thomas

By Shelby Hodge

"Transcendent." In a word, gala co-chair Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein captured the essence of the remarkable recital that internationally-renowned soprano Ana María Martínez gi ...


Pick Five (Plus)

Your weekly guide to Houston: Cemeteries come to life, brass balls and Sally Jessy Raphael puppets

By Joel Luks

What was San Diego Symphony's concertmaster Jeff Thayer doing in Houston? He happens to be Houston Symphony's horn player Julie Thayer's hubby. He stepped in last minute and occupied th ...


Joke's on us

Brilliantly cartoonish Barber of Seville kicks off Houston Grand Opera's 57th season with a Cubist twist

By Theodore Bale

Cash fluttered down over the audience at the conclusion of Houston Grand Opera’s The Barber of Seville Friday night. As I headed to the car, for a moment I imagined playing a cruel joke ...


HGO season opener

Hunky Nathan Gunn & all-star cast poised to make classic Barber of Seville look easy

By Joseph Campana

Everyone needs a good stylist. But being a barber is no easy thing: just ask Figaro. This week the Houston Grand Opera opens its 57th season with Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville, ...


University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Center Benefit Concert, featuring Ana Maria Martinez

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

This event celebrates the University’s vision for enhancing visual and performing arts for the campus and the Houston community. Thanks to a grant from The Alkek Williams Foundation, UST


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