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Musings

  • Tie One On For Rudy
    Sep 21, 2016

    During the month of September HGO is celebrating the life of Rudy Avelar, the HGO's director of patron services, who passed away over the summer. For nearly 40 years Rudy was at every performance greeting patrons, making problems go away, and indulging his love of opera and its performers. 

  • A Summer of Opera Travels
    Aug 23, 2016

    This summer I had a lighter performance schedule than usual, which was exactly what was intended and needed after the demanding summit of Siegfried, which will remain one of the most joyous memories I’ve ever had as a conductor.

  • What’s in an HGO Wig?
    Aug 9, 2016

    “I don’t want them to notice,” says Dotti Staker, the Wig and Makeup Department head at Houston Grand Opera.

  • Keeping Score
    Jul 25, 2016

    It is just a shelf of hardbound books to some, but to me it represents a lifetime of knowledge and aspiration. 

  • Vocal Competitions: A Judge's Perspective
    Jul 11, 2016

    I have just returned from Cape Town, South Africa, where I served on the jury of the 35th Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition. 

  • Opera Camp Turns 20
    Jun 22, 2016

    We try to meet children where they are, so that by the end of the week they will know more about music and have had fun. Today I run into adults who are married with kids who still remember how much they enjoyed Opera Camp. It’s very rewarding.

  • Different Conferences, Similar Themes
    Jun 10, 2016

    Attending conferences can be enlightening, inspiring, and occasionally frustrating, and you can certainly leave believing that the glass is very full—or very empty. 

  • Boosting Young Singers’ Training
    May 16, 2016

    YAVA provides singers with a great opportunity to work with the same faculty who are responsible for HGO’s Studio and main stage artists. 

  • Litmus Test
    May 12, 2016

    When people are generous enough to share their experiences and pieces of their lives with you for the purpose of creating art, you really feel an obligation and a sense of responsibility to them.

  • On Homecoming and Community
    Apr 19, 2016

    It’s great to be conducting Carousel at HGO. I love the piece; it is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest score and includes one of the great anthems, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”