• Show on the Road
    Nov 18, 2016

    I recently heard that the two least popular music styles are rap and opera.  I’d say it’s because each requires active listening. At an opera performance, there is a hefty amount of information coming at you from the stage. So how do we make opera less intimidating?

  • Winging It—or Not—With Props
    Nov 7, 2016

    We always work to make even the smallest details of our props historically accurate because it helps the performers really believe in the world they are creating onstage. For the upcoming world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life, we bought some historical bank deposit slips on eBay and Amazon. With computer technology we recreated them using the name of the bank that the main character, George Bailey, owned.

  • The Start of the Season
    Oct 17, 2016

    It’s not the sound of singers, although that is part of it. It’s not the return of familiar faces, although they are a part of it. It’s not the volume of laughter—although that is certainly a big part of it. All of these things signal the start of the season, and they are bound together with a creative energy that makes the whole building seem to hum.

  • Tie One On For Rudy
    Sep 21, 2016

    During the month of September HGO is celebrating the life of Rudy Avelar, the HGO's director of patron services, who passed away over the summer. For nearly 40 years Rudy was at every performance greeting patrons, making problems go away, and indulging his love of opera and its performers. 

  • A Summer of Opera Travels
    Aug 23, 2016

    This summer I had a lighter performance schedule than usual, which was exactly what was intended and needed after the demanding summit of Siegfried, which will remain one of the most joyous memories I’ve ever had as a conductor.

  • What’s in an HGO Wig?
    Aug 9, 2016

    “I don’t want them to notice,” says Dotti Staker, the Wig and Makeup Department head at Houston Grand Opera.

  • Keeping Score
    Jul 25, 2016

    It is just a shelf of hardbound books to some, but to me it represents a lifetime of knowledge and aspiration. 

  • Vocal Competitions: A Judge's Perspective
    Jul 11, 2016

    I have just returned from Cape Town, South Africa, where I served on the jury of the 35th Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition. 

  • Opera Camp Turns 20
    Jun 22, 2016

    We try to meet children where they are, so that by the end of the week they will know more about music and have had fun. Today I run into adults who are married with kids who still remember how much they enjoyed Opera Camp. It’s very rewarding.

  • Different Conferences, Similar Themes
    Jun 10, 2016

    Attending conferences can be enlightening, inspiring, and occasionally frustrating, and you can certainly leave believing that the glass is very full—or very empty.