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Musings

  • Doing a Super Job
    Oct 13, 2017
  • Opera News Features New HGO Studio Alum Singing In Julius Caesar
    Sep 29, 2017

    When mezzo-soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin steps onto the HGO stage as Sesto in Julius Caesar next month, she will have national exposure that few young artists can hope for: a glamorous photo spread in Opera News, the nation’s premier opera publication.

  • Top 3 Things Director Arin Arbus Wants You to Know About La traviata
    Sep 27, 2017

    Arin Arbus, the director of La traviata, made her HGO debut directing The Rape of Lucretia in 2012. Her production of La traviata has been seen at Canadian Opera Company and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, who co-produced it with HGO.

  • Film Lovers Save the Date: September 25
    Sep 22, 2017

    If you love French films, mark September 25 at 7 p.m. on your calendar.

  • As Gears Are to a Clock, So Aspen Is to HGO
    Aug 15, 2017

    It’s hot, it’s humid; it’s Houston in mid-July. Inside the walls of the Wortham Theater Center are air-conditioned offices filled with bustling staff members determined to make the upcoming season the best one yet. But their administrative efforts to prepare for the 2017–18 productions would amount to little without the musical materials to rehearse the singers and orchestra musicians. That’s why HGO needs 27-year-old Aspen McArthur. 

  • Opera Camp Reflections
    Jul 18, 2017

    Summer break is a perfect time for kids to explore new activities they may not have the chance to experience in school or at home. And what better place to do so than summer camp!

  • Seeking the Human Spirit
    Jun 30, 2017

    On May 22, 2017, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) proudly announced the most ambitious artistic community initiative in its history: Seeking the Human Spirit (STHS). The six-year (2017–23) initiative strives to emphasize spiritual themes in opera, and thus expand and deepen Houstonians’ connections to opera and to art. 

  • Connecting Across the Centuries
    Mar 9, 2017

    Opera plumbs the depths like no other art. We need look no further than HGO’s 2017–18 season to reinforce that point. In Verdi’s La traviata, Bellini’s Norma, and Bernstein’s West Side Story, wrenching conflicts between passion and duty drive protagonists to make the ultimate sacrifice, and smoldering revenge drives the title character of Elektra to commit murder.

  • Before and After the World Premiere
    Dec 22, 2016

    Have you ever heard of Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne? Even the greatest composers have written works that do not succeed. That is one reason why opera companies and funders have taken an increasing interest in holding opera workshops during the creative process. 

  • Show on the Road
    Nov 18, 2016

    I recently heard that the two least popular music styles are rap and opera.  I’d say it’s because each requires active listening. At an opera performance, there is a hefty amount of information coming at you from the stage. So how do we make opera less intimidating?