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Musings

  • An Opera in an Airplane Museum
    Nov 1, 2017

    There are plenty of films about war and its effects on both soldiers and civilians, but few modern operas. Composer Tom Cipullo became one of the first to translate a true war story to the operatic stage when he wrote his chamber opera, Glory Denied, in 2006. 

  • This is Halloween...Opera Style
    Oct 27, 2017

    Opera is a dramatic art form that naturally lends itself to extraordinary production designs. Which means opera productions offer a goody bag of costume inspiration when in search of the perfect Halloween outfit. 

  • Just the Fachs, Ma’am
    Oct 24, 2017

    Imagine an aural version of the “blind” taste tests that Madison Avenue is so fond of…but instead of coffees or sodas, the point of comparison is singers. 

  • Doing a Super Job
    Oct 13, 2017

    Have you ever noticed characters on stage but not singing during an opera and wondered who they are? They are likely supernumeraries, or supers for short. 

  • Opera News Features New HGO Studio Alum Singing In Julius Caesar
    Sep 29, 2017

    When mezzo-soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin steps onto the HGO stage as Sesto in Julius Caesar next month, she will have national exposure that few young artists can hope for: a glamorous photo spread in Opera News, the nation’s premier opera publication.

  • Top 3 Things Director Arin Arbus Wants You to Know About La traviata
    Sep 27, 2017

    Arin Arbus, the director of La traviata, made her HGO debut directing The Rape of Lucretia in 2012. Her production of La traviata has been seen at Canadian Opera Company and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, who co-produced it with HGO.

  • Film Lovers Save the Date: September 25
    Sep 22, 2017

    If you love French films, mark September 25 at 7 p.m. on your calendar.

  • As Gears Are to a Clock, So Aspen Is to HGO
    Aug 15, 2017

    It’s hot, it’s humid; it’s Houston in mid-July. Inside the walls of the Wortham Theater Center are air-conditioned offices filled with bustling staff members determined to make the upcoming season the best one yet. But their administrative efforts to prepare for the 2017–18 productions would amount to little without the musical materials to rehearse the singers and orchestra musicians. That’s why HGO needs 27-year-old Aspen McArthur. 

  • Opera Camp Reflections
    Jul 18, 2017

    Summer break is a perfect time for kids to explore new activities they may not have the chance to experience in school or at home. And what better place to do so than summer camp!

  • Seeking the Human Spirit
    Jun 30, 2017

    On May 22, 2017, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) proudly announced the most ambitious artistic community initiative in its history: Seeking the Human Spirit (STHS). The six-year (2017–23) initiative strives to emphasize spiritual themes in opera, and thus expand and deepen Houstonians’ connections to opera and to art.