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Beautiful music

A who's who of beautiful people at the Opera: See the scenes from one of Houston's most exclusive parties

By Shelby Hodge

The arbor of crystal chandeliers overhead shed a sparkling light across the stage of Wortham Center's Brown Theater as Houston Grand Opera patrons celebrated the company's 60th anniversary. ...


A little night music

The ultimate diamond anniversary: A blinged out diva returns home to Houston for stunning gala

By Shelby Hodge

Following a stunning display of her coloratura talents in formal concert in Wortham Center's Cullen Theater, world acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato let it rip ragtime ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's Prince of Parties pulls off an afternoon tea that is straight out of the movies

By Shelby Hodge

Perfection. How else could one describe the beautiful afternoon tea hosted by Jackson Hicks and Milton Townsend in honor of Houston Grand Opera patron Terrylin Neale? Even the drizzly day could ...


Sing it, baby

Concert of Arias combines glorious opera talent competition with glamorous black-tie soirée

By Shelby Hodge

The social set turned out in exceptionally fine feather for Houston Grand Opera's exuberant "Concert of Arias," which once again thrilled a sellout audience with performances by ...


Talk Opera to Me

Arts scoop: Houston Grand Opera's new season is packed with sexy world premieres

By Joel Luks

A melange of old and new, tradition and innovation, and favorites and unknowns are what opera buffs can expect for the Houston Grand Opera's 2015-16 lineup, which the organization just rev ...


Party Watch

A UH moment: Cougar Red Steinway piano steals the show at River Oaks Country Club

By Shelby Hodge

What: The University of Houston Moores School of Music annual fall fundraiser, "Moores Aplenty." Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: It was all about the music this midd ...


The Review Is In

Stand-in steals the show in HGO's bland Cosi fan tutte, but the music still scores

By Theodore Bale

Mozart’s Così fan tutte has always been, for me, just like an old friend. You know, the one who bugs you at times, and then comforts you at others. The friend who calls in the middle o ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Tragedy left onstage as Houston Grand Opera celebrates 60th season with lavish party

By Shelby Hodge

It was a rough night for the Venetian court when Othello was tricked into believing that Desdemona was unfaithful. Murder, mayhem and suicide ensued on stage at Wortham Theater Center as ...


CultureMap at 5

CultureMap's biggest scoops: Stories of love and death, music and food, quick exits and new beginnings

By Clifford Pugh

Whether it's the old-fashioned print media or the new digital world, no reporter likes anything better than to be first with a story. During CultureMap's first five years, we've ha ...


HGO Parties in NYC

Glamorous parties surround Houston Grand Opera's New York production of The Passenger

By Shelby Hodge

When Houston Grand Opera took its acclaimed production of The Passenger to the Park Avenue Armory for its New York premiere, patrons and fans followed for a weekend that included not only one ...


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