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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 ...


The Review Is In

Power & mercy: Houston Grand Opera's Don Carlos is an epic that hits on a personal level

By Theodore Bale

Such a grand web of emotion, history, and musical thinking is contained in Verdi’s epic Don Carlos that the experience of it is psychologically complicated. I’m extremely grateful to Ho ...


Pick Five (Plus)

Your weekly guide to Houston: Asia Society's monster kickoff, Heights home tour & Discovery Green's fab birthday

By Joel Luks

The Pink Ribbons Project knows how to make an entrance. The breast cancer awareness organization picked the right chairs for its upcoming Pink at the Brown performance bash at Wortham Theater Cente ...


CultureMap Video

A 70th birthday surprise for the ages — opera legend style

By Joel Luks

Samuel Ramey had no idea a mob of his colleagues were taking cover behind closed doors waiting to belt out "Happy Birthday" in four-part harmony when he was asked to autograph photos for ...


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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