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  • 18 years ago | Stage

    Houston Grand Opera's new production of Hansel and Gretel is indeed a testimony to the genius of famed children's-book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The fanciful sets Sendak has designed for this show truly capture the charm of Engelbert ...

  • 18 years ago | Stage

    Using surreal staging and costumes in operatic productions can be a risky business. Sometimes the results are appealing; sometimes they're appalling. In the case of Houston Grand Opera's new production of Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth, the results are ...

  • 18 years ago | Stage

    Mozart's The Magic Flute lends itself to an imaginative set design. Indeed, it almost demands one that can capture the flavor of the heroic/comic opera, which Mozart set in ancient Egypt. Several seasons ago, Houston Grand Opera presented renowned...

  • 18 years ago | Stage

    Broadway shows and movies aren't the only things that are endlessly tinkered with before they're presented to the public in what's supposed to be their final form. Operas, too, undergo revisions, and few have been as frequently revised as Modest M...

  • 19 years ago | Stage

    When Richard Strauss's Salome premiered in 1905, it caused considerable scandal. Its sensuous nature was just too much for the audiences of the day. Over the years, though, the opera's impact has been muted as crowds have become more jaded. But in...

  • 19 years ago | Stage

    When Houston Grand Opera commissioned Mexican composer Daniel Catan to produce Florencia en el Amazonas, HGO director David Gockley envisioned a work in Spanish that would capture the culture and flavor of South America. He also said he wanted a w...