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Talk Opera To Me

A haunting ending gives Houston Grand Opera the chance for a spectacular 60th beginning

By Joseph Campana

A great end makes for a great beginning. Giuseppe Verdi ended his illustrious career with defining adaptations of Shakespeare’s Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and it is Verdi&rsq ...


CultureMap at 5

CultureMap's biggest scoops: Stories of love and death, music and food, quick exits and new beginnings

By Clifford Pugh

Whether it's the old-fashioned print media or the new digital world, no reporter likes anything better than to be first with a story. During CultureMap's first five years, we've ha ...


The CultureMap Interview

Goodfellas: New top dogs Patrick Summers & Perryn Leech preview Houston Grand Opera's future

By Clifford Pugh

After Houston Grand Opera general director Anthony Freud announced he was leaving for the head job at Lyric Opera of Chicago last spring, the HGO board turned to an in-house team to take his place, ...


Chicago bound

Redefining opera for the 21st century: Anthony Freud reflects on his stint at Houston Grand Opera

By Anthony Freud

It's almost exactly six years ago that I was offered the job: general director of Houston Grand Opera. At the time, I had been general director of Welsh National Opera for 11 years and chairman ...


Three-headed team

Houston Grand Opera officially names Patrick Summers its new leader, confirming CultureMap's report

By Joel Luks

It's finally official. The Houston Grand Opera has its new leader — a trio of leaders, to be accurate. As CultureMap first reported back on April 21, HGO music director Patrick S ...


Europe or Bust

Houston Grand Opera plans Paris trip To Cross the Face of the Moon with mariachi opera

By Clifford Pugh

Houston Grand Opera is Paris bound. HGO announced late Thursday that it will open the 2011-12 season at the prestigious Théâtre du Châtelet in late September with six perform ...


Trading the baton for a corner office

Patrick Summers appears to be front runner for top Houston Grand Opera job

By Shelby Hodge

From the moment that CultureMap broke the story on Wednesday of Anthony Freud's departure from his post as Houston Grand Opera general director and CEO and that a successor could be named soon, ...


The fat lady sings for HGO

Houston Grand Opera CEO Anthony Freud is headed to Lyric Opera of Chicago

By Shelby Hodge

UPDATE: The Lyric Opera of Chicago board plans to confirm Anthony Freud’s appointment as general manager Thursday afternoon. Freud told the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday night he is "ho ...


Runs through April 30

A sexy, young cast & a hotshot conductor aim to make The Marriage of Figaro fresh for HGO

By Joseph Campana

Madness, suicide, rape, child killing, execution: Welcome to this season’s Houston Grand Opera. But if you’ve had your fill of tragedy, there’s no better fix than Mozart’s e ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Rippling biceps, a $4 million windfall, a zillion flowers and killer gowns made this an opera ball to remember

By Shelby Hodge

Well before the spotlight fell on Margaret Alkek Williams, the scene in the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center could have been a casting call for a contemporary version of My Fair Lady, &nb ...


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