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Long and strong

Tristan and Isolde is crowning achievement of Houston Grand Opera season, but it's likely to drive you mad

By Theodore Bale

Never underestimate the power of an opera. When it came to his own Tristan and Isolde, composer Richard Wagner felt only mediocre performances could save him, “for good ones would surely driv ...


The Review Is In

Women at war: With a chilling Mary Stuart, HGO pulls off a show-stopping season ender

By Theodore Bale

Last week on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta, Marlo Hampton calmly told Kim Zolciak, “You are a whore.” It was her matter-of-fact tone, perhaps, that made the insult so chillin ...


Love, sex, death & irony

Extraordinary singing overcomes lackluster production in Houston Grand Opera's La Traviata

By Theodore Bale

Sometimes a night at the opera is A Night at The Opera. I don’t mean in the sense of that 1935 Marx Brothers film. I’m thinking more of Queen’s fourth studio album, even if it was ...


No Free Love

Opera's greatest fallen women: HGO's La Traviata enjoys its place among the wicked seductresses

By Joseph Campana

Falling in love or just plain fallen? Many argue about the true subject of opera. Is it love, sex, death, nation, history, or the grandeur of music itself? Love is a popular answer. But as Hous ...


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 ...


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