Author Archives: Opera Out Loud

US Army Tenor Lends his Voice to Lois Alba Aria Competition

A last minute addition to the program of the 6Th Annual Lois Alba Aria Competition will be sure to generate extra excitement. This year’s Competition takes place on Sunday, May 15, from 3:00pm – 5:00 pm at Cullen Hall at … Continue reading

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A Splendid Trovatore

Today I went to the Met movie and saw Verdi’s Il Trovatore in an HD simulcast. It was done with such perfection that I’ll remember it as a high point in the whole of my opera-going experience. If the Maestro … Continue reading

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Our Town Opera Packs a Punch

I went to Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town last Saturday night, and I am so glad I did.  It was such an excellent performance! The singing, set, acting, everything was so good. The … Continue reading

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Nixon In China – A Real Wow!

Nixon in China was a real WOW experience.  I loved the orchestral music and I think you would have, too.  The composer is John Adams, written in 1986-87, in a very minimalist style, really great. It would have two rhythms … Continue reading

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Pure Unadulturated Light

Need to hear a message full of hope and heart at the beginning of a New Year?  Here you are… I came across the following news story the other day and was shocked to learn what hard times mezzo-soprano Zheng … Continue reading

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Don Carlo: Dangerous Times on a Grand Scale

  The MetOpera simulcast of Don Carlo on Saturday was bigger than big!  Big political issues (authority vs. liberty), high stakes (your life), high drama (loyalty, love, frustration, heretics burning), and grand scale (Six leading characters, big orchestra, huge chorus). … Continue reading

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To Cross the Face of the Moon Goes Straight to the Heart

A Mariachi Opera?  I was very curious, so I took myself over to the small and beautifully renovated theatre space at Talento Bilingüe de Houston on Jensen Drive on Saturday night. Houston Grand Opera (HGO) commissioned the truly bilingual opera … Continue reading

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