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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 ...


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 ...


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

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 ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's most glamorous gala: Anticipation builds for the party of the season — a florist's dream

By Shelby Hodge

With Fleurs de l'Opera as the theme for the upcoming Houston Grand Opera ball, it should be no surprise that on departure from the gala kickoff party, guests were presented with bouquets of min ...


Shelby's Social Diary

H-Town's performing arts groups join in Miller Outdoor Theatre 90th anniversary celebration

By Shelby Hodge

The stage at Miller Outdoor Theatre has seldom seen a grander evening than the 90th anniversary celebration of this cornerstone of Hermann Park. With a massive chandelier overhead and tablecloths d ...


Shelby About Town

Houstonians party and play across the country; tennis star works out in H-Town

By Shelby Hodge

Escaping the torrid temps of July in Houston, a handful of Houston Grand Opera patrons recently made the annual sojourn to Santa Fe, N.M., for a round of parties and performances. In between ga ...


Shelby at Opera Ball

At Houston Grand Opera Ball gilding the lily a good thing for the white-tie-and-tails throng

By Shelby Hodge

Against a rich tableau of Belle Epoque splendor, the ladies attending the Houston Grand Opera ball blossomed in the Wortham Theater Center Grand Foyer, transforming its utilitarian purpose into a g ...


A little day music

One expensive Ring: $2 million gift for Houston Grand Opera sets a record for a single production

By Shelby Hodge

The fantastical and exotic visions of stage director Carlus Padrissa of Barcelona held the gathering of Houston Grand Opera patrons mesmerized at a theater in Sundance Cinemas Wednesday a ...


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