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Musings

  • 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.”

  • Reflections on My First Ring Cycle
    Apr 5, 2016

    It’s great to be back in Houston for Siegfried.  This is my first Ring cycle as Wotan, and it is the realization of a dream for me.

  • Bringing the Prince of Players Design to Life
    Mar 10, 2016

    Finding a way to bring an artistic vision to the stage is a big part of why I do this job. But there is also a point when we need to ask, “How can we create this responsibly, within the operational capacity that we have?”

  • Reflections on HGO's 2016-17 Season
    Feb 19, 2016

    There are very few questions in life that I find uncomfortable, but one is, surely, when I’m asked about a new opera season: “What are you most excited about?” It always feels like someone is asking me, “Which child is your favorite?”

  • The Courage to Sing
    Feb 3, 2016

    Our annual Concert of Arias is a big day for HGO, and especially for the HGO Studio; it’s the culmination of our audition process for incoming studio artists and the final round of the Eleanor McCollum Competition.

  • Rusalka: A Fairy Tale in Motion
    Jan 25, 2016

    No genre has captured the world’s imagination as firmly and persistently as the fairy tale.

  • The Power of Opera
    Dec 11, 2015

    I received the following thoughts from HGO’s harpist Joan Eidman, and immediately invited her to post them on this blog.

  • Film Gems from the Past
    Oct 27, 2015

    The ubiquitous cinema—we all have our favorite films.

  • Triple Time
    Oct 13, 2015

    I’m currently immersed in the opening repertoire of three opera companies.