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Seductive Carmen ensures Houston Grand Opera closes on an ultra sexy note

By Joseph Campana

Early in Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Albrecht makes a choice: Love or power. He can only make the magic ring from the Rheinmaidens’ gold if he swears off romance forever. The choice ...

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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&# ...

Long and strong

Tristan and Isolde is crowning achievement of Houston Grand Opera season, but it's likely to drive you mad

By Theodore Bale

Never underestimate the power of an opera. When it came to his own Tristan and Isolde, composer Richard Wagner felt only mediocre performances could save him, “for good ones would surely driv ...

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The show of the season? The allure of fatal love packs Houston Grand Opera's Tristan and Isolde with promise

By Joseph Campana

How do you love a myth? Passionately and to no good end, it seems, if we consider some of our favorite myths of love: Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, and Tristan and Isolde. This we ...

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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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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