Clutter clutter, mutter mutter

There were so many multi-colored wig-and-bald clown caps on stage Friday that I starting hearing a rhyme from my childhood: One cap, two cap, green cap, blue cap—from top to bottom Houston Grand Opera’s latest performance of Barber of Seville looks like Dr. Seuss tried to go postmodern and sounds a bit like it too, but for a devilishly charismatic barber who saves the day. My review at Houstonia.

Opera after a Hurricane

How do you review an opera after a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey wipes out its hall for a season? It’s not anything I ever learned in school. At Houston Grand Opera’s season opening night of La Traviata on Friday, I heard all kinds of mixed emotions from the audience who, replete in black tie, clambered around the George R. Brown Convention Center hall HGO had valiantly converted into an opera theatre. Take a look at the varying reviews coming out. At Houstonia Magazine, mine is but one version of what’s going on and how to talk about it. Particularly, I admire Joseph Campana’s review at Culturemap–do check it out too.

Mozart’s Seraglio; Frank’s Conquest

Two pieces at Houstonia Magazine this week: the first, a review of Houston Grand Opera’s Abduction from the Seraglio in which Ryan Speedo Green stole the show, and the second, an interview with Gabriela Lena Frank about the world premiere of her Conquest Requiem this weekend with the Houston Symphony.

Twilight in Houston

It’s finally here, the end of Houston Grand Opera’s epic Ring Cycle. Looking back, I have to say I’ve loved every minute of it–the wild fantasy of the production, the singers (Christine Goerke!), the fire and ice that met every turn. Indeed, it is a bittersweet ending to a four-year journey. Read my review at Houstonia Magazine.

(If you want to go back in time and reminisce with me, you can read my reviews of Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, and Siegfried too.)