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Mozart's Masterpiece

The world's greatest womanizer brings sex appeal to Houston Grand Opera's Don Giovanni

By Theodore Bale

It was hot and brazenly humid the morning I left my faded old hotel in Prague’s Wenceslas Square and walked towards the Vltava River. After crossing over one of the city’s magnific ...


It's complicated

Houston Grand Opera's thought-provoking Fidelio boosted by extraordinary singing of Karita Mattila and dream cast

By Theodore Bale

Oppression and liberation have a face-off in the first moments of Beethoven’s overture to his only opera, Fidelio. A full, bombastic orchestra dominates a quiet yet persistent choir of woodwi ...


Is opera political?

Houston Grand Opera tackles politics, love & devotion in Beethoven's operatic masterpiece, Fidelio

By Joseph Campana

Illegal detention, political prisoners and the unpunished crimes of the powerful: Sound familiar? I’m not talking about contemporary politics, but rather Beethoven’s operatic master ...


Rare Birds

Roll over Beethoven: If the classical God never existed, music would be much better off

By Chris Becker

When John Lennon sang his now famous lyric: “Imagine there’s no heaven …” he wasn't necessarily implying: “There is no God.” He was simply saying, “Im ...


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