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Where's the magic? Stellar singing can't redeem HGO's mundane Magic Flute

By Joseph Campana

Everyone wants to be over the moon. When the iconic Queen of the Night, in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, appeared beneath a large crescent moon, I as ...

Wife Swap

Love sextet? Everybody wins in swingers hoax that's an operatic masterpiece — laughs included

By Joseph Campana

What do two sisters, two lovers, a maid and an old philosopher know about love? Belt it out: Three is never a crowd; love requires at least a sextet. Or so it seems in Mozart's comic op ...

Hans Graf's Grand Farewell

Hans Graf's farewell: Hang on to your Wunderhorn, this is Mahler like you've never heard it

By Theodore Bale

In 2000, he started at Houston Symphony with a program of Mozart, Schubert, John Adams and Carl Orff's popular Carmina Burana. Tonight, Maestro Hans Graf completes his impressive tenure as HSO& ...

Musical Humor, Seriously

Eine kleine: Conductor reveals the real secret of Mozart's addictive little tune and why we love it

By Naomi Galvez

When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed Eine kleine Nachtmusik — A Little Night Music as it's familiarly called — he actually never penned a proper title. He simply noted that he comp ...

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The thrill of bad behavior: HGO's Don Giovanni goes to the dark side but is not wicked enough

By Joseph Campana

Sometimes you're so wicked you get dragged down to hell. Sometimes you're so wicked, you don't even care. Central to Mozart's Don Giovanni is the vicarious thrill of bad behavio ...

Mozart's Masterpiece

The world's greatest womanizer brings sex appeal to Houston Grand Opera's Don Giovanni

By Theodore Bale

It was hot and brazenly humid the morning I left my faded old hotel in Prague’s Wenceslas Square and walked towards the Vltava River. After crossing over one of the city’s magnific ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rare Birds

Unfinished business: Composers interpret fragments of the masters for Brentano String Quartet

By Chris Becker

It is a particularly Eurocentric concept, this belief that a “finished” work of music, i.e. music written down on paper, copyrighted, and under the control of a publisher, should automa ...

HGO season opener

Hunky Nathan Gunn & all-star cast poised to make classic Barber of Seville look easy

By Joseph Campana

Everyone needs a good stylist. But being a barber is no easy thing: just ask Figaro. This week the Houston Grand Opera opens its 57th season with Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville, ...

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