Houston Grand Opera gets off to a great start with the beginning of its epic march through Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung.
Das Rheingold Is a monumental undertaking.
Recently I was walking through the grocery store, wearing headphones that blasted music, and I saw something that disturbed me. It was a young male, who couldn't have been any older than I am, wearing long hair and jeans like any good metalhead should. But what I saw across his chest on his black ba ... More >>
Houston Grand Opera's Tristan und Isolde is a feast for the ears.
GroovehouseAll Hail Tom Araya, The Dark Lord.Today is the sixth International Day of Slayer, started in 2006 to coincide with June 6, 2006, the most evil-numbered date in history. It's also lead singer Tom Araya's birthday, and the guitarist now makes his home on a ranch in Buffalo, Texas - God's ... More >>
Josef KriehuberIf you know absolutely nothing about opera, you still know Richard Wagner's name. His "Ring Cycle" of four operas based on Teutonic and Norse mythology was famously parodied by Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, forever cementing his music into pop culture. His biggest fan was Adolf Hi ... More >>
Have you heard of the Wilhelm Scream? Basically, it was a one-second sound bite from a bit character in a 1951 movie that somehow made its way into Warner Brothers Studios' collection of sound effects. It has since been used as a special effect in hundreds - maybe thousands - of films, from ... More >>
A Long, Strange Trip
Tristan & Isolde's clumsy romance may make you crave Shakespeare
A Houston softball team accuses Atlanta of being too straight
Houston Ballet's pricey new Firebird gets lost in time
Abstract sets and gestures turn Katya into near-parody
HGO stares down all the challenges in its long-awaited Tristan and Isolde
Kirov kicks in masterfully for a tardy maestro
Der Rosenkavalier will delight the faithful, but won't win any converts