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The Houston Grand Opera’s World Premiere of The Phoenix

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Houston Grand Opera will close out its standout 2019-2020 season with the world premiere of composer Tarik O’Regan and librettist and director John Caird’s The Phoenix. This opera is part of the Seeking the Human Spirit initiative, which reflected the theme of “transformation” for this season. 

Photo Courtesy of Lynn Lane

Italian opera librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte landed in New York City in the mid-1800s after both scandal and success in Europe. From there he rose once again and opened New York City’s first opera company in 1833. The story of The Phoenix reveals Da Ponte’s tumultuous and truly operatic odyssey as a lifelong search for identity.

Playing Da Ponte is distinguished American baritone Thomas Hampson, who happens to be Lucas Pisaroni’s father-in-law. Pisaroni assumes the role of Da Ponte’s son, Lorenzo. Lauren Snouffer who takes on four roles, (Da Ponte’s niece Giulietta and three soprano roles) tell HHM she is most excited about

…the orchestration.  Tarik has created a beautifully diverse sound world, which spans from moments as relatable as a musical to poignantly complex numbers which challenge the notion of how opera should sound.

Director Caird has a long history with HGO as a stage director, including a 2010 production of Tosca that returned in the fall of 2015 and a 2012 staging of La bohème that was just remounted this past fall. He is also the winner of multiple awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director and several Tony Awards as a theater director.

Photo Courtesy of Lynn Lane

Experience The Phoenix at the Wortham Theater Center on these dates:

Friday, April 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 28 at 2 pm
Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 10 at 7:30 pm

Purchase tickets today and get 10% off using promo code, HOTEL.


Feature Photo Courtesy of Felix Sanchez. 

Local Houstonian and Editor + Digital Director of Houston Hotel Magazine. Follow her on Instagram for her latest adventures, @emilylunstroth.

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