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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 ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — pure yoga madness included

By Joel Luks

January is just about over and done with. And hopefully so are any mentions of the biatch of a polar vortex.  Warm yourself up with this week's suggestions, which include a bendy gathe ...


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 ...


Opera in the Heights presents Lucia di Lammermoor

Opera in the Heights

Lucia is a young woman with the bad luck of being born in the 17th century. She loves Edgardo, but his father did Lucia's family dirty in the old days, so now the son is persona non grata. Luci


Opera in the Heights presents Don Giovanni

Opera in the Heights

History's classic womanizer has an action-packed day ending in permanent relocation to hell. Don Giovanni's servant Leporello opens the opera complaining about having to stay up all night w


Opera in the Heights presents Don Pasquale

Opera in the Heights

Marvel at the voices and laugh at Don Pasquale as he makes a fool of himself for love. When Don Pasquale's nephew Ernesto refuses his uncle's selection of a bride, he decides to disinherit


Opera in the Heights presents La Traviata

Opera in the Heights

Feel the fiery passion and poignant beauty of the music created for this tale of ardent love and heartbreaking sacrifice. Violetta is a young courtesan living in the Paris of the 1800s. She is givi


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Making opera popular: Opera in the Heights gets wicked thanks to a hot maestro makeover

By Joel Luks

When Opera in the the Heights needed a makeover, incoming maestro Enrique Carreón-Robledo simply had to take over. He taught the energetic company the proper poise needed to talk to boys, wh ...


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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