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Aida

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Houston Grand Opera’s ‘Aida’ doesn’t need pachyderms to be powerful
4 Feb 20 / Houston Chronicle
Magnificent singing in Aida saves this HGO production
2 Feb 20 / Houston Press
No pyramids along the Nile needed for Houston Opera’s soaring “Aida
2 Feb 20 / Classical Review
La Favorite

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Jamie Barton, a phenomenon in “La Favorite”
1 Feb 20 / Opera Warhorses
A chance to hear Jamie Barton's voice for the ages
26 Jan 20 / Houston Press
El Milagro del Recuerdo

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 5

An enjoyable family affair dominated by Héctor Vasquez’s hilarious turn
8 Jan 20 / OperaWire
HGO’s Christmas opera celebrates the yuletide in Mexico
10 Dec 19 / Houstonia
HGO stages a miraculous ‘Milagro’ at the Wortham Center
9 Dec 19 / Houston Chronicle
A heartwarming holiday mariachi premiere with HGO’s “El Milagro del Recuerdo”
9 Dec 19 / Classical Review
A Mariachi opera Christmas offering
7 Dec 19 / Houston Press
Saul

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Verdi and Handel, with fresh twists, spark opera stage
9 Nov 19 / Classical Voice North America
A visually, vocally stunning “Saul” at Houston Grand Opera
2 Nov 19 / Opera Warhorses
Houston Grand Opera’s ‘Saul’ is worthy of Guillermo del Toro
29 Oct 19 / Houston Chronicle
Hosanna and hallelujah: HGO's Saul is special indeed
29 Oct 19 / Houston Press
HGO presents Handel’s “Saul” with modern soul in stylized staging
29 Oct 19 / Classical Review
Rigoletto

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Verdi and Handel, with fresh twists, spark opera stage
9 Nov 19 / Classical Voice North America
Rigoletto Makes Art Out of #MeToo
23 Oct 19 / Houstonia
A stellar cast carries Houston Grand Opera’s flashy gangland “Rigoletto”
20 Oct 19 / Classical Review
Don Giovanni

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Behind closed doors
9 May 19 / parterre box
Outstanding cast for “Don Giovanni” in Kasper Holten’s vibrantly visual production
4 May 19 / Opera Warhorses
Can you make Don Giovanni feel relevant? HGO Just did.
24 Apr 19 / Houstonia
HGO stages the perfect ‘Don Giovanni’ for the #MeToo era
23 Apr 19 / Houston Chronicle
Sex first, then hell
22 Apr 19 / Houston Press
The Phoenix

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Superb performances from Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni
4 May 19 / Opera Warhorses
Houston salutes Da Ponte’s feats in bland new opera
4 May 19 / Classical Voice North America
“The richest food that money can buy”
29 Apr 19 / parterre box
“The Phoenix” soars in Houston Grand Opera world premiere
28 Apr 19 / Classical Review
The Phoenix isn't quite the world premiere we'd hoped for but the cascade of voices is exceptional
28 Apr 19 / Houston Press
Florencia en el Amazonas

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

On Amazon river and in old Ceylon, lyric operas flow
2 Feb 19 / Classical Voice North America
Florencia en el Amazonas offers a magical vision of love
24 Jan 19 / Houstonia
A musical and visual delight
20 Jan 19 / Classical Review
An opera rich in sound and look at HGO
20 Jan 19 / Houston Press
Les pêcheurs de perles

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Houston Grand Opera unveils a luminescent ‘Pearl Fishers’
29 Jan 19 / Houston Chronicle
HGO's The Pearl Fishers offers beautiful music and a look at a star on the rise
28 Jan 19 / Houston Press
Soprano Carroll is the heart of Houston Grand Opera’s “The Pearl Fishers”
28 Jan 19 / Classical Review
La bohème

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Back home for “Bohème”
17 Nov 18 / Opera Warhorses
The Houston Grand Opera's production of La bohème is a great start to its season
31 Oct 18 / TheaterJones
HGO’s beloved ‘La bohème’ wields emotional sledgehammers
30 Oct 18 / Houston Chronicle
A mild La bohème leans on the quality of its source material
30 Oct 18 / Houstonia
Der Fliegende Holländer

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Ships ahoy!
31 Oct 18 / TheaterJones
The Flying Dutchman returns to the Wortham with ‘transcendent purity’
23 Oct 18 / Houstonia
HGO’s eerie ‘Flying Dutchman’ as rousing as roiling seawaters
23 Oct 18 / Houston Chronicle
HGO's The Flying Dutchman shows off its soloists, orchestra and chorus
21 Oct 18 / Houston Press
Houston Grand Opera’s dramatic “Dutchman” makes a worthy homecoming
21 Oct 18 / Classical Review
Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

Houston Grand Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna returns to HGO with its charm intact
19 May 18 / Houstonia
‘Cruzar’ a homecoming of Houston Grand Opera’s past success
19 May 18 / Houston Chronicle
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 West Side story offers a well-sung, if less than edgy Tony
22 Apr 18 / Houston Press
HGO’s strong cast makes “West Side Story” a stylish success on the opera stage
22 Apr 18 / Classical Review
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
HGO constructs an 'Elektra' of epic proportions
23 Jan 18 / Houston Chronicle
The epic Elektra struggles to overcome its venue
23 Jan 18 / Houstonia
Goerke and colleagues put across the violent intensity of HGO’s “Elektra”
21 Jan 18 / Classical Review
Elektra and its tale of all-consuming blood lust has blockbuster power
21 Jan 18 / Houston Press
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
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
A lively cast boosts HGO’s musically slender “Christmas Tree”
2 Dec 17 / Classical Review
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
Julius Caesar brings exceptional sounds to a cluttered stage
31 Oct 17 / Houstonia
HGO gives 'Julius Caesar' the Hollywood treatment
31 Oct 17 / Houston Chronicle
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
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
HGO's 'Traviata' triumphs by melting away its unique setting
22 Oct 17 / Houston Chronicle
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
“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
Houston Grand Opera’s Götterdämmerung is a masterful tour de force
25 Apr 17 / Houstonia
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
The Abduction from the Seraglio is a wonderful cap on HGO's outstanding season
30 Apr 17 / Houston Press
Intrigue on a train and great singing power HGO's elegant The Abduction from the Seraglio
30 Apr 17 / Culturemap
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
The cast of Siegfried triumphs in HGO's production of the Wagner classic
19 Apr 16 / Houston Press
Fear in future past
19 Apr 16 / Bachtrack
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
'Nixon in China' can't hide behind art to avoid social responsibility
24 Jan 17 / Houston Chronicle
Houston Grand Opera’s Nixon in China turns 30
24 Jan 17 / Houstonia
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
Engaging “Elixir of Love” at Houston Grand Opera
5 Nov 16 / Opera Warhorses
Elixir of Love a bel canto treat from Houston Grand Opera
5 Nov 16 / Houston Press
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)
'Prince of Players' score soars, while libretto is a letdown
8 Mar 16 / Houston Chronicle
Sophisticated Prince of Players triumphs in beautiful premiere
8 Mar 16 / Culturemap
Floyd’s “Prince of Players” receives effective world premiere at Houston Grand Opera
8 Mar 16 / Classical Review
Struggling to find his part to play
8 Mar 16 / Wall Street Journal
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
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Houston Grand Opera to launch free digital shows
Houston Grand Opera is hoping to make up for performances that had to be canceled due to COVID-19, because they just launched a new program of digital works for the 2020-2021 season.
12 Aug 2020 / Houston Chronicle
Houston Grand Opera cancels 70 percent of 2020-21 season
The Houston Grand Opera has announced that it will cancel 33 of 47 performances throughout the 2020-21 season due to continued concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.
24 Jun 2020 / OperaWire
Houston Grand Opera receives $2.5M loan to rehire staff
The financial injection comes from the Payment Protection Program.
2 May 2020 / Houston Chronicle
Houston Grand Opera furloughs 25 employees
This is the latest arts organization to announce cutbacks in the wake of COVID-19.
22 Apr 2020 / Houston Chronicle
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17 Jan 2020 / OperaWire