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  • 21 years ago | Stage

    Verdi's Rigoletto is an opera of tremendous moral force. Count Monterone is not just an outraged father, but the voice of doom. His solemn curse, which opens and closes the opera, is a judgment on a corrupt, hypocritical world. From palace to hove...

  • 21 years ago | Stage

    For better or for worse, the title of Verdi's beloved melodrama La Traviata makes a virtually untranslatable mouthful: "The woman who has gone astray." That it is rarely translated is probably just as well. Nowadays, with its connotation of sexual...

  • 21 years ago | Stage

    The Houston Grand Opera obviously likes composer Robert Moran. Two years ago the company launched his one-act Beauty-and-the-Beast opera Desert of Roses, and now they've premiered his new effort, The Dracula Diary. Considering as well such other r...

  • 22 years ago | Stage

    Gaetano Donizetti's 1835 opera Lucia di Lammermoor has never recommended itself to critical taste. Even by late 19th-century standards, this Romeo and Juliet-ish melodrama seemed hopelessly dated. Today, one still wonders if the opening chorus of ...

  • 22 years ago

    Hold on to your hats and get out your lavender-colored lorgnettes! After a century of Marx, Freud and feminism, the 1990s might well be the decade of homocentric criticism. A case in point: Wayne Koestenbaum's The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexual...

  • 22 years ago

    Hopefully, Houston won't have to wait another 14 years for the next guest appearance of Michael Tilson Thomas. The eminent American conductor, who currently serves as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, last appeared with the Hou...