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Demon Barber of Fleet Street returns

Musical theater or opera? Sondheim's "grusical" masterpiece is on the cutting edge

By Theodore Bale

Now, let’s see… we’ve got tinker. Something pinker! Tailor?  Paler.  Butler?  Subtler.  Potter?  Hotter. Locksmith?  And with that last interrogativ ...

The Italian Girl in Algiers

A sexy shipwreck, Turkish drag and oh, those Italian girls: Houston Grand Opera gets feisty

By Joseph Campana

Everyone understands the appeal of pirates — sexy, naughty, dangerous. But what's the appeal of shipwreck? If you ask The Italian Girl in Algiers, she might say, "Transformation. ...

Night at the Opera

Not easy to watch, but HGO's passionate The Rape of Lucretia has thrilling moments

By Theodore Bale

Friday night at the Wortham during intermission, I purchased a CD at the Houston Grand Opera gift shop. That’s when the sales clerk blurted out, “The second part is so much better than ...

Tragedies of Sex

The Rape of Lucretia throws a challenging, controversial test at the Houston Grand Opera

By Joseph Campana

We love to watch a fallen woman fall. What about a rape? A suicide? Challenges abound with Houston Grand Opera's ambitious new production of Benjamin Britten's 1946 The Rape of Lucretia ...

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Christine Goerke steals the show in disappointing HGO production of Ariadne auf Naxos

By Theodore Bale

It is reasonable to want Houston Grand Opera to finish what has been a revelatory season with its crowning achievement, a definitive performance of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s ...

Runs through April 30

A sexy, young cast & a hotshot conductor aim to make The Marriage of Figaro fresh for HGO

By Joseph Campana

Madness, suicide, rape, child killing, execution: Welcome to this season’s Houston Grand Opera. But if you’ve had your fill of tragedy, there’s no better fix than Mozart’s e ...

The Year in Culture

Discovery zone: For Boston expat, the Houston performing arts scene is a delightful revelation

By Theodore Bale

I’ll admit that when I moved to Houston last March, I had plenty of expectations. Along with the friends in Boston I knew I would miss terribly, I counted organizations such as the Boston Sym ...

The Year In Culture

Less blockbuster, more indie surprises: A call for fewer Texas-sized art exhibits in 2011

By Joseph Campana

What I want most from art is surprise. I want something that delights or shocks and makes the whole world seem new. As I looked back on a heady year of art in 2010, I thought about what has kept me ...

The Arthropologist

Kids on stage: Acting in-between homework in Houston

By Nancy Wozny

Pinkerton has to be the world's worst opera cad. He fake marries Cio Cio San, then leaves her with his child. I wonder though, would Madame Butterfly be a three-hankie opera without 4-year ...

Disturbing & Entrancing

HGO's Peter Grimes is a thoroughly terrifying opera

By Theodore Bale

It seems fitting that Houston Grand Opera chose to open its new production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes on Halloween weekend, because it is a thoroughly terrifying opera. The 1945 m ...

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