Music: Have Arias, Will Travel

A Texas touring company finds opera a home on the road

Faint hearts need not apply. That goes for fatties too: a brochure declares proudly that there are "no two-ton Teutons in our company." Still, it takes more than just a strong voice and a presentable shape to join up with the Texas Opera Theater.

A certain amount of vigor is required to get through the Houston-based company's long days; counting time for travel, set assembling and performances, the crew can work as many as 20 hours on a day when the main company is...

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