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Lessons from a farce: Houston Grand Opera's Die Fledermaus looks to restore the genre's good name

By Joseph Campana

It's been a hard month for the farce. Not once but twice President Obama launched this term at Republicans as he railed against the 16-day government shutdown, the third longest in American ...


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 ...


Frederica Von Stade is back

Putting a ring on it: Houston Grand Opera reveals its new season and there's extra drama

By Joel Luks

In this world you're either growing or you're dying — so get in motion and grow. Words to live by from Lou Holtz, a famous American football coach, author and motivational speake ...


Shelby's Social Diary

M.D. Anderson's 70th anniversary bash brings in $4.3 million, wowing 2,000 well-heeled guests

By Shelby Hodge

If Tony Awards were given for best orchestrated, most entertaining, high-earning fundraisers, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's 70th anniversary celebration at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night wo ...


The review is in

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 ...


Opera preview

It's complicated: HGO's Ariadne auf Naxos celebrates the beauty of contradiction

By Joseph Campana

Tragedies terrorize, comedies titillate. Richard Strauss’s unconventional Ariadne auf Naxos complicates. Spectacular death and sexual shenanigans are the stuff of opera. So is the beauty ...


The Arthropologist

Greek drama gone wild: Houston arts groups get ancient, reimagine classical themes

By Nancy Wozny

The House of Atreus gets a make-over as Houston hands the keys to the city over to Dionysus this spring, with some delicious reimagining of classical themes. The mythmastering begins tonight at ...


Houston Grand Opera presents Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos

Wortham Theater Center

Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos elegantly pokes a little fun at the joust between an 18th century serious opera company and a troupe of comedians at the home of the richest man in Vienna. In


the man with the red sneakers

Behind the scenes with A Prairie Home Companion as it gets Texas cozy

By Carolina Astrain

Garrison Keillor didn't just use the Wortham Theater Center as a stage for a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion Saturday evening. True to form, he made Texas part of ...


The CultureMap Review

Everything's gone green in HGO's Xerxes

By Theodore Bale

Handel’s Xerxes is a green opera. In the Houston Grand Opera production, with its brilliant direction from Nicholas Hytner, sets and costumes by David Fielding and lighting design by Pau ...


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