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Tragedies of Sex

The Rape of Lucretia throws a challenging, controversial test at the Houston Grand Opera

By Joseph Campana

We love to watch a fallen woman fall. What about a rape? A suicide? Challenges abound with Houston Grand Opera's ambitious new production of Benjamin Britten's 1946 The Rape of Lucretia ...


The Year in Culture

War and art: The year in Houston culture, from untimely departures to major acquisitions

By Joseph Campana

In with a bang, out with a whimper? I was thinking about that phrase the other day after I saw a headline in The New York Times announcing the end of the war in Iraq War nearly nine years after ...


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 ...


The review is in

Christine Goerke steals the show in disappointing HGO production of Ariadne auf Naxos

By Theodore Bale

It is reasonable to want Houston Grand Opera to finish what has been a revelatory season with its crowning achievement, a definitive performance of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s ...


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 ...


Diva retires from opera stage

Not a dry eye in the house as HGO honors Frederica von Stade after final performance

By Leslie Loddeke

  Frederica von Stade: Talk about a great role model, both onstage and off. And they did, very eloquently – as well all opera lovers might – when Houston Grand Opera offici ...


Shelby About Town

It was a super lineup of parties on Super Bowl Sunday, opera fete included

By Shelby Hodge

By some weird quirk of nature, while football fans were sloshing through the melting snow in Dallas on Super Bowl Sunday, in Houston the weather was ideal for an indoor-outdoor party allowing ...


The Arthropologist

Houston Grand Opera Studio is training a new generation of stars

By Nancy Wozny

What a marvel Joyce DiDonato was as Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. DiDonato may be a household name in opera circles, but she's also a former Houston Grand Ope ...


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 ...


The Review is in

Dead Man Walking is a landmark American opera, but is it a great one? Stellar Houston cast answers

By Theodore Bale

American opera in the late 20th century has no shortage of portentous, politically-charged themes. Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking, which premiered in San Francis ...


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