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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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Hammer time: Love, revenge and the world's most famous anvil song make Il Trovatore special

By Joseph Campana

Even if you've never heard Verdi's Il Trovatore before, you've heard it before. You can experience firsthand one of Verdi's most popular works this week as the Houston Grand Opera c ...


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Power & mercy: Houston Grand Opera's Don Carlos is an epic that hits on a personal level

By Theodore Bale

Such a grand web of emotion, history, and musical thinking is contained in Verdi’s epic Don Carlos that the experience of it is psychologically complicated. I’m extremely grateful to Ho ...


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Asia Society's monster kickoff, Heights home tour & Discovery Green's fab birthday

By Joel Luks

The Pink Ribbons Project knows how to make an entrance. The breast cancer awareness organization picked the right chairs for its upcoming Pink at the Brown performance bash at Wortham Theater Cente ...


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A 70th birthday surprise for the ages — opera legend style

By Joel Luks

Samuel Ramey had no idea a mob of his colleagues were taking cover behind closed doors waiting to belt out "Happy Birthday" in four-part harmony when he was asked to autograph photos for ...


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You'll get Lost in HGO's quirky, spellbinding Turn of the Screw

By Theodore Bale

Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw might seem like a strange common denominator for prime-time television and opera, but fans of the ABC hit series Lost know that it tu ...


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