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He'll be back

Opera Vista's Viswa Subbaraman heads for Milwaukee but hopes for further Houston collaborations

By Joel Luks

It wasn't that long ago that Opera Vista was warming up to intone its swan song. A jack-of-all-trades, founder and maestro Viswa Subbaraman needed to reenergize his board, reorga ...


Foundation for Modern Music

A composer's legacy lives on: Robert Avalon new music competition hosts winners concert

By Joel Luks

Had composer Robert Avalon lived to witness the first contemporary classical music composition competition that he started to organize back in 2004, he would been thrilled at the outcome. Had he li ...


Amelia Earhart at Moores

Music engineering: An emotional meltdown gives flight to Daron Hagen's Amelia opera

By Joel Luks

When composer Daron Aric Hagen arrived at University of Houston's Moores School of Music, it wasn't just to witness the production-in-progress of his newest large-scale opera, Amelia &mdash ...


Pick Five (Plus)

Your weekly guide to Houston: A major Culture Collision, star-gazing barbecue & pot theater

By Joel Luks

It's been roughly five months since my first day as listings editor at CultureMap. Wondering ... are you enjoying these weekly guides? Do you like the events I am highlighting? Is there anythin ...


An Opera Vista Dream

Grab your stripper poles! Bringing opera to a nightclub, skimpy outfits included

By Joel Luks

A stripper pole may not be the quintessential opera prop. But then again, Opera Vista isn't your granny's opera either. As art in bars becomes progressively mainstream, the idea of incl ...


Opera Vista presents Vera of Las Vegas

Rich's [closed]

Opera Vista's production of Vera of Las Vegas, by Daron Hagen and Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Muldoon, tells the story of two ex-IRA operatives on the run from the INS and two rogue MI


Who will win?

The Final Four: Opera Vista Festival compositions are sexy, funny, legal & gay(er)

By Joel Luks

Pretty music makes us like a character. Ugly music has the opposite effect. Think Smurfs and Gargamel.  This attitude was expressed numerous times by the judges at the 2011 Opera Vist ...


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