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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 ...


The Review Is In

Solid Gold: Dazzling Das Rheingold elevates Houston Grand Opera to new heights

By Theodore Bale

I suppose I’ve been waiting all my life for the La Fura dels Baus production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold. And while my many columns and opera reviews might have given readers the notion t ...


Grand Opera Ball

With dancers in swimsuits, a soprano on stage and flowers galore, Opera Ball is spectacular

By Shelby Hodge

Even without the stellar $2 million in proceeds, Saturday night's Houston Grand Opera Ball would have been one of the company's most memorable. With the dreamy Don Carlos from HGO's upc ...


Party Watch

Opera honcho celebrates special birthday in high style with arias, admirers and Ring Cycle cake

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Grand Opera general manager Perryn Leech's 50th birthday party. Where: The Uptown Park high-rise residence of Beth Madison, former HGO board chair. The 411: The Rhein ...


Shelby's Social Diary

88-year-old music legend honored in a black-tie Houston night full of starpower

By Shelby Hodge

It's not often that a non-profit scores such a renowned collection of complementary headliners as the University of Houston's Moores School of Music managed for its 27th annual gala. B ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston Grand Opera's Concert of Arias searches for — and maybe finds — the next Renée Fleming

By Shelby Hodge

Each year, the Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers culminates in a crescendo of music and a flurry of social activity as finalists in the national competition sing their hearts out ...


Talk Opera To Me

Brutal sex, evil clowns and a vicious curse: It's just another night at Houston Grand Opera

By Joseph Campana

Clowns, jesters and fools: Why do these figures of theatrical tomfoolery turn tragic? It may be some weeks before the Houston Grand Opera is ready to "Send in the Clowns," with that c ...


Talk Opera To Me

Controversial Holocaust guard opera sets sail in Houston: Are you on board?

By Joseph Campana

Passengers above, prisoners below. With such a simple structure Houston Grand Opera opens a new year with Mieczysław Weinberg's haunting The Passenger, which runs from Saturday th ...


The Review is in

Revenge trumps love in compelling Houston Grand Opera production of Il Trovatore

By Joseph Campana

Is it not one of the great ironies of tragic opera that everyone should be in such good voice as disaster engulfs all? I found myself thinking this on the opening night of Houston Grand Opera&# ...


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