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Opera in the Heights reception celebrates new leadership and emerging talent

By Joel Luks

What: Opera in the Heights' Maestro Circle welcome reception for new executive director Stephanie Helms. Where: Home of Bill Baldwin and Joe Gonzalez. The 411: Another New Yorker moving ...

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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — including the zaniest fest ever

By Joel Luks

On the agenda this week are a cultural festival, an al fresco social, experimental art, intimate opera and a film phenomenon that has the attention of audiences around the globe. Be sure to cli ...

Shelby's Social Diary

A night of musical highs: Affordable opera tease builds party anticipation

By Shelby Hodge

What a musically delicious sampling it was when Opera in the Heights presented a potpourri of popular pieces from the upcoming season at its party launching the 2013/2014 repertoire. Fans gathered ...

The Review is In

Piss off women at your own risk: Opera in the Heights' Macbeth whips you like a dominatrix

By Joel Luks

Lessons learned from Shakespeare's Macbeth: Listening to women may be hazardous to your health. May cause visions, delusion, psychotic episodes and unwelcome ghosts to manifest at the most inco ...

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Mad Max, Poltergeist and Shakespeare merge: Opera in the Heights embraces the supernatural

By Joel Luks

It's quite possible that Giuseppe Verdi didn't understand one word of William Shakespeare's Macbeth when he saw it for the first time. Scholars say that the Italian Romantic c ...

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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events

By Joel Luks

On tap this week are events that strive to keep Houston verdant, the premiere of an opera written more than a century ago, a dirty adventure race, walking tours, a whimsical costumed race and conte ...

Toi Toi Toi

Shakespeare in the house: Opera in the Heights' new season tunes to 19th century Italy

By Joel Luks

Toi Toi Toi! Opera in the Heights 2012-13 program lineup may be ambitious. But since artistic director Enrique Carreón-Robledo stepped up to the conductor's podium, the company ...

The Review Is In

Opera in the Heights finds the magic touch: New maestro and a rising star lift Il Trovatore

By Theodore Bale

There might have been only two anvils, but at least they were authentic and hammered with unrelenting gusto. One of the most beloved scenes in all Italian opera, the rousing “anvil chorus&rdq ...

Pick Five (Plus)

Your weekly guide to Houston: Proud comedy, St. Patrick's Parade, burnings at the stake, blooming azaleas & a dance party

By Joel Luks

I may not know the difference between a battement frappé and a battement fondu développé yet — albeit the dance junkies at Houston Ballet's Ballet Barre are surely wo ...

Texas water good for sopranos?

Sexy death: Two hometown girls take on a Tudor Queen in Opera in the Heights' Anna Bolena

By Joel Luks

In real life, death isn't sexy. It's a very dull, dreary affair, so said Somerset Maugham. Crossing over to the hereafter isn't the apex of our existence nor the pinnacle of our accompl ...

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