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He'll be back

Opera Vista's Viswa Subbaraman heads for Milwaukee but hopes for further Houston collaborations

By Joel Luks

It wasn't that long ago that Opera Vista was warming up to intone its swan song. A jack-of-all-trades, founder and maestro Viswa Subbaraman needed to reenergize his board, reorga ...


Opera Under the Stars with Opera Vista: Houdini the Great

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

The gorgeous Diana Garden is the magical backdrop for Bayou Bend's annual fall tradition of Opera Under the Stars. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a fabulous Opera Vista production, the


Amelia Earhart at Moores

Music engineering: An emotional meltdown gives flight to Daron Hagen's Amelia opera

By Joel Luks

When composer Daron Aric Hagen arrived at University of Houston's Moores School of Music, it wasn't just to witness the production-in-progress of his newest large-scale opera, Amelia &mdash ...


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 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 ...


Final performance Friday night

Opera Vista boosts boundaries of contemporary opera with controversial, unforgettable Powder Her Face

By Theodore Bale

“They wrote songs about me,” the Duchess sings defiantly time and again during the course of Thomas Adès and Philip Hensher’s Powder Her Face. Apparently she’s referr ...


Touting "Powder Her Face"

Opera Vista celebrates fifth anniversary with "Dirty Duchess Party"

By Ruchi Mukherjee

Everyone loves a great party and if the key words are good food, great music and promising to be dirty then you are assured to get a crowd. In this case partygoers gathered for the "Dirty Duch ...


Opera Vista's Dirty Duchess Party

Celebrate Opera Vista's fifth anniversary and OV's next production, Thomas Ades' Powder Her Face. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Opera Vista. Guests will join in conversation wi


Opera Vista presents Powder Her Face

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Written by composer Thomas Adès and librettist Philip Hensher, Powder Her Face is a witty and lusty tale of the Duchess of Argyll's marriage, subsequent divorce and final desce


Opera Under the Stars with Opera Vista at Bayou Bend

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

The Diana Garden is the magical backdrop for Bayou Bend’s annual fall tradition of Opera Under the Stars. Bring a folding chair or blanket and enjoy another Opera Vista production, the fifth


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