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21 May 2018

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Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 2

‘Cruzar’ a homecoming of Houston Grand Opera’s past success
19 May 18 / Houston Chronicle
Cruzar la Cara de la Luna returns to HGO with its charm intact
19 May 18 / Houstonia
Norma

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Beautifully sung “Norma” at HGO
6 May 18 / Opera Warhorses
Liudmyla Monastyrska and Jamie Barton triumph in Bellini’s masterpiece
5 May 18 / OperaWire
HGO’s Norma tells a story of female empowerment
2 May 18 / Houstonia
HGO’s ‘Norma’ is grand, but lead can’t ‘Let It Go’
1 May 18 / LMT Online
Bellini's beauty somewhat dulled in this HGO production of Norma
29 Apr 18 / Houston Press
HGO’s beautifully sung “Norma” revives a glorious past
29 Apr 18 / Classical Review
West Side Story

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Francesca Zambello’s spirited mounting of Bernstein’s “West Side Story”
6 May 18 / Opera Warhorses
HGO presents a masterpiece in ‘West Side Story’
24 Apr 18 / Houston Chronicle
HGO’s strong cast makes “West Side Story” a stylish success on the opera stage
22 Apr 18 / Classical Review
HGO's West Side story offers a well-sung, if less than edgy Tony
22 Apr 18 / Houston Press
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

HGO's 'Barber of Seville' plays up comedy over music
30 Jan 18 / Houston Chronicle
The Barber of Seville takes the comedy over the top
30 Jan 18 / Houstonia
Rossini's wickedly funny Barber struggles with too many distractions
28 Jan 18 / Houston Press
Elektra

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Stars, crossed and aligned
28 Jan 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Seductive diva dominates Houston Grand Opera's Elektra
25 Jan 18 / Culturemap
The epic Elektra struggles to overcome its venue
23 Jan 18 / Houstonia
HGO constructs an 'Elektra' of epic proportions
23 Jan 18 / Houston Chronicle
Elektra and its tale of all-consuming blood lust has blockbuster power
21 Jan 18 / Houston Press
Goerke and colleagues put across the violent intensity of HGO’s “Elektra”
21 Jan 18 / Classical Review
The House without a Christmas Tree

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Selfless act melts a heart in new Christmas opera
9 Dec 17 / Classical Voice North America
A lively cast boosts HGO’s musically slender “Christmas Tree”
2 Dec 17 / Classical Review
HGO tries again for another holiday opera with The House Without a Christmas Tree
2 Dec 17 / Houston Press
After years of fumbling, HGO may have landed a holiday winner
2 Dec 17 / Houstonia
Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Caesar reigns
10 Nov 17 / TheaterJones
Houston Grand Opera’s resilient “Julius Caesar” showcases Anthony Roth Costanzo and stellar cast
4 Nov 17 / Opera Warhorses
HGO gives 'Julius Caesar' the Hollywood treatment
31 Oct 17 / Houston Chronicle
Julius Caesar brings exceptional sounds to a cluttered stage
31 Oct 17 / Houstonia
HGO scores bigtime in a strong outing with Julius Caesar
29 Oct 17 / Houston Press
La Traviata

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Houston Grand Opera’s “La Traviata” with Shagimuratova, Pittas, Petean
4 Nov 17 / Opera Warhorses
Forced out by flooding, Houston's opera gets on with the show
24 Oct 17 / New York Times
Quirks aside, La Traviata proves Convention Hall opera can work
24 Oct 17 / Houstonia
HGO's 'Traviata' triumphs by melting away its unique setting
22 Oct 17 / Houston Chronicle
It's a swing and a miss for HGO's production of La Traviata alas
22 Oct 17 / Houston Press
A hardy HGO opens season on time with a retooled “Traviata”
22 Oct 17 / Classical Review
Götterdämmerung

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Gold standard
6 May 17 / TheaterJones
Houston Grand Opera’s spectacular “Götterdämmerung”
29 Apr 17 / Opera Warhorses
Houston Grand Opera’s Götterdämmerung is a masterful tour de force
25 Apr 17 / Houstonia
“Götterdämmerung” makes an electrifying climax to Houston Grand Opera’s high-tech Ring cycle
25 Apr 17 / Classical Review
Götterdämmerung sung with glorious voice at HGO
25 Apr 17 / Houston Press
Soprano electrifies Houston Grand Opera's epic end to the Ring Cycle
24 Apr 17 / Culturemap
After a soprano’s crisis, a Brünnhilde is born
Christine Goerke has cemented herself as the reigning American dramatic soprano of the day — the big payoff on a risky bet she made after a crisis nearly 14 years ago.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

The Abduction from the Seraglio seals an excellent season at Houston Grand Opera
2 May 17 / Houstonia
Intrigue on a train and great singing power HGO's elegant The Abduction from the Seraglio
30 Apr 17 / Culturemap
The Abduction from the Seraglio is a wonderful cap on HGO's outstanding season
30 Apr 17 / Houston Press
Siegfried

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Siegfried slashes like a samurai in Houston spectacle
26 Apr 16 / Classical Voice North America
Power of ambitious 'Siegfried' rings true
20 Apr 16 / Houston Chronicle
Fear in future past
19 Apr 16 / Bachtrack
The cast of Siegfried triumphs in HGO's production of the Wagner classic
19 Apr 16 / Houston Press
Jay Hunter Morris returns to Texas for Siegfried
Jay Hunter Morris says when his young son hears him practicing at home, running through scales or tackling the various roles he's taken on, he asks his father why he sings so loud.
Messa da Requiem

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Verdi's Requiem at HGO offers all that heaven could want, but needs more hell
17 Feb 17 / Houston Press
Fast and furious
16 Feb 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
The Houston Grand Opera does Verdi's Messa da Requiem but never finds the right tempo
15 Feb 17 / TheaterJones
Heaven-storming drama and grace under pressure with HGO’s Verdi Requiem
13 Feb 17 / Classical Review
Nixon in China

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Of race and opera: Two views on 'Nixon in China' — and theatrical stereotypes
5 Feb 17 / Dallas Morning News
HGO's rousing Nixon in China stays in tune with the times
25 Jan 17 / Culturemap
Houston Grand Opera’s Nixon in China turns 30
24 Jan 17 / Houstonia
'Nixon in China' can't hide behind art to avoid social responsibility
24 Jan 17 / Houston Chronicle
Nixon in China returns to the Wortham with musical glories and a dense libretto
23 Jan 17 / Houston Press
Balancing act
23 Jan 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
Inspired cast makes HGO’s “Nixon in China” a return trip worth taking
22 Jan 17 / Classical Review
Houston Grand Opera questioned over use of white actors
Advocacy group calls decision to use white actors for Asian roles in Nixon in China 'not OK'.
It's a Wonderful Life

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Doors and wings
16 Dec 16 / TheaterJones
Jake Heggie’s celestial transformation of “It’s a Wonderful Life”
10 Dec 16 / Opera Warhorses
It's a Wonderful Life, but gloomy opera lacks holiday spirit
5 Dec 16 / Culturemap
HGO's "It's a Wonderful Life" soars
5 Dec 16 / Houston Chronicle
HGO gives effective and colorful premiere for Heggie’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”
4 Dec 16 / Classical Review
Faust

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Un deslucido Fausto en Houston
14 Dec 16 / Opera World (Spanish)
Could it be Satan?
9 Nov 16 / TheaterJones
World class singing in classic “Faust”
5 Nov 16 / Opera Warhorses
A descent into hell with wonderful voices and music
1 Nov 16 / Houston Press
Houston Grand Opera's terrifying and charming Faust is a don't miss hit
1 Nov 16 / Culturemap
L'elisir d'amore

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

A tasty treat
9 Nov 16 / TheaterJones
Elixir of Love a bel canto treat from Houston Grand Opera
5 Nov 16 / Houston Press
Engaging “Elixir of Love” at Houston Grand Opera
5 Nov 16 / Opera Warhorses
What is special about this production is its setting, on the Amalfi coast of Italy, in the 1950s
26 Oct 16 / Broadway World
Carousel

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 1

HGO's Carousel catches some of the magic, buoyed by its great songs
26 Apr 16 / Houston Press
Prince of Players

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Floyd's Prince fails to command
14 Mar 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
Floyd’s “Prince of Players” receives effective world premiere at Houston Grand Opera
8 Mar 16 / Classical Review
'Prince of Players' score soars, while libretto is a letdown
8 Mar 16 / Houston Chronicle
Struggling to find his part to play
8 Mar 16 / Wall Street Journal (via Google)
Sophisticated Prince of Players triumphs in beautiful premiere
8 Mar 16 / Culturemap
Rusalka

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 6

At Houston Grand Opera, Dvořák's gorgeous Rusalka makes a solid case for this work to be performed more often
8 Feb 16 / TheaterJones
HGO's production of Rusalka is opera at its finest
2 Feb 16 / Houston Press
Forests and trees
2 Feb 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
HGO excels with unsentimental 'Rusalka'
2 Feb 16 / Houston Chronicle
Houston Grand Opera delivers a magical evening with Rusalka
1 Feb 16 / Culturemap
Magical debuts make the myth alive in Houston Grand Opera's Rusalka
31 Jan 16 / Bachtrack
Le nozze di Figaro

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Groovy Figaro
8 Feb 16 / TheaterJones
A groovier "Figaro" survives opening night illness
26 Jan 16 / Houston Chronicle
Houston Grand Opera wastes a Figaro
26 Jan 16 / Bachtrack
The show must go on, even if Figaro falls flat on its face
25 Jan 16 / Culturemap
HGO's The Marriage of Figaro loses its Count, has no understudy, but the show goes on!
24 Jan 16 / Houston Press
The Little Prince

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Houston Grand Opera's 'Little Prince' sings from the heart
8 Dec 15 / Houston Chronicle
A charmed Little Prince at Houston Grand Opera
8 Dec 15 / Bachtrack
Tosca

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Puccini's Tosca is a lavishly sung production and worth the drive
5 Nov 15 / TheaterJones
Sex and Violence At HGO in Tosca
27 Oct 15 / Houston Press
A timeless Tosca at Houston Grand Opera
27 Oct 15 / Bachtrack
Tosca returns, triumphant
26 Oct 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
Grand voices highlight HGO’s latest 'Tosca'
25 Oct 15 / Houston Chronicle
Tosca triumphs in stunning Houston Grand Opera season opener
25 Oct 15 / Culturemap
Eugene Onegin

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Houston Grand Opera's Eugene Onegin stars an unlikely hero
3 Nov 15 / Bachtrack
HGO's ambitious production of Eugene Onegin sparkles in quest for love
1 Nov 15 / Culturemap
Katie Van Kooten excels as heart of 'Eugene Onegin'
1 Nov 15 / Houston Chronicle
Die Walküre

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Ride, Walkuries, ride!
7 May 15 / TheaterJones
Superb cast in Fura del Baus’ American Walküre debut
7 May 15 / Bachtrack
Wunderbar
2 May 15 / Broadway World
Houston's “Die Walkure” splendidly sung, played, fussily staged
26 Apr 15 / Dallas Morning News
Houston Walküre showcases two starry sopranos
25 Apr 15 / Classical Voice North America
Jamie Barton shines bright in Houston Opera’s “Ring” cycle
24 Apr 15 / Arts Atlanta
HGO's Die Walküre comes complete with a gang-buster finale and powerful voices
21 Apr 15 / Houston Press
HGO's Die Walküre offers more subdued take on Wagner
21 Apr 15 / Houstonia
A Brünnhilde for the ages
Christine Goerke's upcoming portrayal of Brünnhilde in the Houston Grand Opera's "Die Walküre" is a step in a larger journey.
Sweeney Todd

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Devilish delights
2 May 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
More Intense Insanity Needed in HGO's Sweeney Todd
28 Apr 15 / Houston Press
Die Zauberflöte

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Kathryn Lewek soars as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute
3 Feb 15 / Houston Press
A Flute for all
3 Feb 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
HGO offers a new version of perennial favorite, 'Magic Flute'
3 Feb 15 / Houston Chronicle
Madama Butterfly

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Ana Maria Martinez Soars in HGO's Madame Butterfly
27 Jan 15 / Houston Press
Butterfly soars, again
26 Jan 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
Houston Grand Opera's 'Butterfly' is a vocal, dramatic feast
25 Jan 15 / Houston Chronicle
A Christmas Carol

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

An astounding performance of Iain Bell’s brilliant new Dickens opera
18 Dec 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
One tenor’s spirit haunts operatic Christmas Carol
18 Dec 14 / Classical Voice North America
HGO's 'A Christmas Carol' proves a tour de force
9 Dec 14 / Houston Chronicle
Otello

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Seeing red
8 Nov 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
A listless Otello — How is that possible?
8 Nov 14 / Seen and Heard
Houston Grand Opera brings out visceral power of Verdi's 'Otello"
26 Oct 14 / Houston Chronicle
Houston Grand Opera to stage demanding 'Otello'
Opera companies worldwide revere Giuseppe Verdi's adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Othello." Yet they rarely perform it.
Così fan tutte

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

HGO's 'Cosi fan tutte' delivers humor, humanity of Mozart story
5 Nov 14 / Houston Chronicle
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News & Articles

HGO appoints Kim as principal guest conductor
Houston Grand Opera has appointed Eun Sun Kim as principal guest conductor starting with the 2019–20 season.
18 May 2018 / Classical Review
Plácido Domingo to return to Houston Grand Opera
Plácido Domingo will return to the Houston Grand Opera to celebrate the reopening of the Wortham Theater Center.
16 May 2018 / OperaWire
Hungarian State Opera's "Porgy & Bess" not authorised
The Hungarian State Opera was not authorized to perform “Porgy and Bess” with an all Hungarian cast.
25 Jan 2018 / OperaWire
Houston Grand Opera announces 2018-19 season
Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, a return to the Wortham Theater Center that mixes new works and classics from Mozart, Wagner and Puccini.
20 Jan 2018 / Houston Chronicle
Houston Grand Opera extends relocation
Houston Grand Opera has announced reconstruction at the Wortham Theater Center will take longer than expected. As a result, the company will present its winter season at the HGO Resilience Theater.
6 Nov 2017 / OperaWire