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Musings

2018
  • Designs of the Times
    Oct 31, 2018

    Designs of the Times

  • Quick Start Guide: La bohème
    Oct 25, 2018
  • Quick Start Guide: The Flying Dutchman
    Oct 24, 2018
  • Summoning The Angels: The World of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman
    Oct 16, 2018

    Composer Richard Wagner (1813–83) was 30 years old at the premiere of his Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), an opera generally regarded as the first flowering of a genius who would follow it with works of greater profundity.

  • Do You Know The Flying Dutchman
    Oct 11, 2018

    How well do you know The Flying Dutchman? Put your knowledge to the test by taking the quiz below.

  • A Little Wine with Your Opera?
    Jul 25, 2018

    Few things pair better with wine than cheese. Given that today is National Wine and Cheese day, we at HGO have decided it was the perfect opportunity to pair the operas of our 2018–19 season with wine.

  • Stock the Shops
    Jun 13, 2018

    Great opera sweeps you up in the magic of beautiful music and powerful storytelling. But we’ll let you in on a secret: the magic is in the details.

  • Efraín Solís: A Natural Fit
    May 7, 2018

    Efraín Solís knows what it’s like to be an outsider. As a Mexican American growing up in Orange County, California, he says, “I felt stuck between two worlds. I couldn’t hide that I looked Hispanic. I was not like the white kids, but I didn’t speak with an accent. And I knew about my Mexican culture but had not lived it like the kids who came from there.”

  • Opera Pets
    Apr 11, 2018

    Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

    -Anatole France 

  • HGO Spotlight: Jennifer Wijangco
    Mar 14, 2018

    Jennifer Wijangco turned the frame that sits on her desk at HGO so that I could see it. In it was the ticket to the first opera she ever saw: Houston Grand Opera’s production of The Tales of Hoffmann on November 15, 1992.