Music

Flash Chat: Matthew Dirst of Ars Lyrica

Ars Lyrica takes us to Vienna for a special New Year’s celebration on December 31, 2012, 9 p.m. at Zilka Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, featuring featuring two rising stars of the opera stage – soprano Lauren Snouffer and countertenor John Holiday. An elegant gala and [...]...

Outstanding Voices

Three Singers Make a Home in Houston The edges of my chiffon gown tickle the red carpet and my lofty, leopard print shoes lift me onto the escalators at the Wortham Theater Center. Surrounded by the soaring whimsy of Albert Paley’s ribbon-like sculptures, I imagine the ensuing [...]...

Review: Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Monecchi

Opera in the Heights Is love only sweet when it’s forbidden? In the Opera in the Heights (a.k.a. Oh!) production of Vincenzo Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, there is no aphrodisiac like danger for the young lovers, Romeo and Giulietta. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet [...]...

Playing It Forward

Chris Johnson, James and Daren hightower Jam during a lesson at Children's Music Foundation. PHOTOS: AMY COLLIER. Instruments Land in Young Musicians’ Hands Th...

Review: The Italian Girl in Algiers

The Italian Girl in Algiers Giant hats, a suspended cage, growing sand castles and balloons in the shape of Italy are just a few of the comic objects blown wonderfully out of proportion in Houston Grand Opera’s production of The Italian Girl in Algiers by Gioacchino [...]...

Review: La bohème

In Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, happiness is simply one hand to warm another. As a humming audience member made clear, the melodies Puccini wrote are stunning and memorable, making this opera a well-known favorite. It’s hard to capture Puccini’s original, effortless simplicity [...]...

Review: Otello at Opera in the Heights

Gold medallions, dapper suits, and a man snorting heroin set the new scene of Gioachino Rossini’s Otello. Though still a tragic tale of a father’s prejudice and a daughter’s sense of duty, it is opera’s Scarface. Rossini’s Otello is the first of two Houston opera premieres in Oh!’s [...]...

Fresh Tracks

Three Houston Music Groups Offer New Recordings In the 21st Century you really can find everything on the internet. Thanks to the magic of digital technology, you can find a car, a house or, if you are the Houston Chamber Choir’s artistic director, Robert Simpson, the manuscript [...]...