Seussical, the Opera

Review: The Barber of Seville Takes the Comedy Over the Top

Houston Grand Opera interprets Rossini's classic opera using plenty of color.

01/29/2018 By Sydney Boyd

Tragedy

Review: The Epic Elektra Struggles to Overcome Its Venue

HGO's performance of the ultra-gory opera still feels like squeezing blood from a convention center stone.

01/22/2018 By Sydney Boyd

Sweet Spot

After Years of Fumbling, HGO May Have Landed A Holiday Winner

The world premiere of The House Without a Christmas Tree is not complicated, which may be its greatest strength.

12/01/2017 By Sydney Boyd

Nice Spread

Quirks Aside, La Traviata Proves Convention Hall Opera Can Work

Sure, it's not the Wortham, but HGO continues to put on a show.

10/23/2017 By Sydney Boyd

Review

Don't Miss the Devilish Charms of Houston Grand Opera's Faust

The devil's in the details with this classic performance.

10/31/2016 By Sydney Boyd

Review

Houston Grand Opera's Elixir of Love is a Marvelous Riot

High notes meet belly laughs in this farcical production.

10/25/2016 By Sydney Boyd

opera

Review: HGO's Die Walküre Offers More Subdued Take on Wagner

Compared to last year's bombastic Rheingold, the Fura dels Baus Walküre plays up the composer's sensitive side.

04/20/2015 By Sydney Boyd

opera

Review: HGO's Magic Flute Has Great Singing But Not Much Else

Houston tenor David Portillo shines as Tamino, but production and conducting are lackluster.

02/02/2015 By Sydney Boyd

opera

Review: Brilliant Ana María Martínez Shines In Madame Butterfly

The Puerto Rican soprano returns to Houston Grand Opera in Puccini's beloved masterpiece.

01/26/2015 By Sydney Boyd

Opera

Review: A Coffin in Egypt is Dead on Arrival

Despite an extraordinary performance by 68-year-old Frederica von Stade, the HGO world premiere opera falls flat.

03/18/2014 By Sydney Boyd