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Love is a burning thing: Fascinating Die Walküre heralds opera of the future

By Theodore Bale

Here in Houston, I know a brilliant woman who said, “The worst failures are always those of the imagination.” I thought about my well-spoken friend during the second act of Houston Gran ...


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A heavenly Ring: The story of opera's most famous 8 minutes is told in HGO's Die Walküre

By Joseph Campana

Die Walküre may clock in at nearly five hours but it takes only eight minutes to find heaven. Houston Grand Opera continues this week Fura dels Baus’ ambitious production of Richard ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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It's complicated: HGO's Ariadne auf Naxos celebrates the beauty of contradiction

By Joseph Campana

Tragedies terrorize, comedies titillate. Richard Strauss’s unconventional Ariadne auf Naxos complicates. Spectacular death and sexual shenanigans are the stuff of opera. So is the beauty ...


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Greek drama gone wild: Houston arts groups get ancient, reimagine classical themes

By Nancy Wozny

The House of Atreus gets a make-over as Houston hands the keys to the city over to Dionysus this spring, with some delicious reimagining of classical themes. The mythmastering begins tonight at ...


Houston Grand Opera presents Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos

Wortham Theater Center

Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos elegantly pokes a little fun at the joust between an 18th century serious opera company and a troupe of comedians at the home of the richest man in Vienna. In


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