, Wagner’s not in Valhalla anymore — he’s in Texas. The musical comedy condenses 15 hours of Ring Cycle into two and a half of twangy Texas country with a few “cheeky little winks to Ring fans,” says music director (and HGO assistant conductor) Patrick Harvey. “It feels different only in that it is such a different time and place, and the characters perhaps interact with each other in ways they wouldn’t in the mythical setting because they are acting with each other like Texans, and Texans are a very specific breed.” Sure to lure that specific breed? Each ticket includes a barbecue dinner and drink.
7 p.m. April 23. Jackson Street Barbecue, 209 Jackson. Also 7 p.m. April 30. Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon, 11410 Hempstead. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit hgo.org
Siegfried is a “rodeo Romeo”; Brünnhilde, his cowgirl betrothed. The Rhinemaidens are synchronized swimmers, and the Norn triplets offer a barnyard alternative to Tammy, singing “Hog-Tie Your Man.” In Houston Grand Opera’s