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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 ...


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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 ...


The Arthropologist

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


Shelby About Town

Houstonians and Lance Armstrong rule at the Louvre, plus Facebook games

By Shelby Hodge

It's been two years since Becca Cason Thrash chaired the original Liaisons au Louvre fundraiser — three days of heady, chichi partying in Paris in support of the venerable museum. In the ...


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Everything's gone green in HGO's Xerxes

By Theodore Bale

Handel’s Xerxes is a green opera. In the Houston Grand Opera production, with its brilliant direction from Nicholas Hytner, sets and costumes by David Fielding and lighting design by Pau ...


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