World premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s ‘The Phoenix’ at Houston Grand Opera
This month marks the world premiere of composer Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, starring Luca Pisaroni and Thomas Hampson at the Houston Grand Opera. Pisaroni and Hampson play the different ages of Lorenzo Da Ponte as a group of singing actors come together to create a stage adaptation about the colorful life of the scandalous librettist that created the stories of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and The Marriage of Figaro. Patrick Summers conducts the HGO Orchestra and Chorus, with the libretto and production by John Caird, and set and costume designs by David Farley.
Three mainstage operas at HGO this season: The Flying Dutchman, Florencia en el Amazonas, and The Phoenix, are part of “Seeking the Human Spirit”, the company’s six-year multidisciplinary initiative designed to highlight the universal spiritual themes raised in opera, and to enable a wider segment of the Houston community to experience opera’s beauty, emotional power, and potential to heal. The theme of this season is “Transformation”.
On April 26, 28, and May 4, 7 & 10, Pisaroni and Hampson will share the stage with a sparkling cast of artists, including Rihab Chaieb as Maria Malibran / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Nancy Da Ponte (née Grahl), Chad Shelton as Patrick Kelly / Bishop of Ceneda / Giacomo Casanova / Emperor Joseph II / ‘Opera’ Taylor / Clement Clarke Moore, Lauren Snouffer as Giulietta / Anzoletta / Mary Grahl / Brigida Banti, Elizabeth Sutphen as Faustina / Angela Tiepolo / Annetta / Matilda Grahl / Anna Morichelli.