Articles by W. L. Taitte

Playing It Safe

Jan 1, 1989 By W. L. Taitte

Take two Aspern: one a world premiere by the Dallas Opera, the other the Henry James novella on which the opera is based. Which is better for you?

That’s Entertainment

Dec 1, 1987 By W. L. Taitte

The Houston Grand Opera was out to impress, with its new house and three ambitious productions in one week, but what it proved best was just how enjoyable this brand of theater can be.

For the Love of Bach

Sep 30, 1986 By W. L. Taitte

The Dallas Bach Society combines crackerjack musicians, a well-trained choir, and top-ranked vocal soloists—the result is a baroque-music lover’s dream.

No-shows and Great Shows

Feb 1, 1986 By W. L. Taitte

The only excitement of the Dallas Opera season came from a couple of fortunate gambles, while the Houston Grand Opera triumphed by bringing Faust alive for contemporary audiences.

Classical Music
Desire and Memory

Dec 1, 1985 By W. L. Taitte

The Ups and Downs of Theophilus Maitland had more ups than downs in Dallas, but Memorial Candles didn’t have much memorable melody.

Short and Sweet

Jul 31, 1985 By W. L. Taitte

Sometimes the opera is over before the fat lady sings. Consider the successful debut of sixteen brief and eclectic works commissioned by the Texas Opera Theater.

A Flop

Jul 31, 1984 By W. L. Taitte

At this year’s dismal San Antonio Festival, the English National Opera and the Texas productions were the only shows worth seeing.

Top O’ the Pops

May 31, 1984 By W. L. Taitte

The fare offered by the Houston Pops Orchestra may not be highbrow, but conductor Ned Battista thinks it’s American music at its best.

Alley of Aspirations

Apr 1, 1984 By W. L. Taitte

Houston’s well-heeled Alley Theatre is trying to pass itself off as a national theater. Across town, the Chocolate Bayou is just trying to hang on.

Something for Everyone

Jul 31, 1983 By W. L. Taitte

The ambitious San Antonio Festival went all out, with 73 acts-everything from Dallas ballet to Berlin opera, from Robert Merrill to Sarah Vaughan. Houston Grand Opera and Leonard Bernstein both made mistakes in A Quiet Place.

Those Raucous Babylonians

Jun 30, 1983 By W. L. Taitte

This spring both of Texas’ top symphonies staged the late William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Fest. Dallas held back, but Houston made merry with the splashy biblical spectacle.

Standing Room Opera

Feb 1, 1983 By W. L. Taitte

Texas opera lovers would have ended the season happily just having seen a lively Rosenkavalier, a magical Rheingold, and a fiery Wozzeck. But then the Houston Grand Opera’s Pagliacci came along and took their breath away.

Hal-le-lu-jah!

Dec 1, 1982 By W. L. Taitte

On Christmas Day, people all across the country can tune in to PBS to hear the Concert Chorale of Houston sing the Messiah. That’s reason to rejoice.

Halftime Heroes

Nov 1, 1982 By W. L. Taitte

The bright-eyed, pink-cheeked cream of Texas youth aren’t scrambling on the football field. They’re playing in the high school band.

A Generous Helping

Jun 30, 1982 By W. L. Taitte

Houston’s Stages theater gave new writers a push and established writers a pat when it put on a Texans-only playwrights’ festival.

Hands Across The Ocean

May 31, 1982 By W. L. Taitte

British playwright Alan Ayckbourn dropped in on his American cousins at Houston’s Alley Theatre and directed the U.S. premiere of his latest and most innovative work.

Hot Pasta

Mar 1, 1982 By W. L. Taitte

From their antipastos to their cannoli, three restaurants are leading Texans to the pure, simple pleasures of classical Italian cooking.