Think You Know This Famous Librettist? A Performance of The Phoenix Stands to Change That
Lorenzo da Ponte led a scandalous life that rivaled the stories he committed to paper. Now, the Houston Grand Opera brings the famed librettist’s highs and lows to life on stage at Wortham Theater Center. Whether you’re familiar with Da Ponte’s work or are just learning of him, The Phoenix promises to entertain audiences of all backgrounds! See it live next Tuesday, May 7th.
Lorenzo da Ponte was the renowned creator of operas Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and The Marriage of Figaro, among others. After becoming a priest and poet in Venice, he was banished when it was discovered that he had connections to many brothels and a secret family with two children. Luckily, he was introduced to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Austria and flourished as a librettist. His new-found fame gained him access to the upper echelons of European society. Yet after much success, Da Ponte found himself bankrupt and needing to flee once more. He sought refuge in America where he made a modest living as a grocer before rising again to establish New York City’s first opera company in 1833.
This world premiere by composer Tarik O’Regan and librettist John Caird features Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni playing the different ages of Da Ponte as a group of actors come together to create a stage adaptation of this amazing story of redemption.
Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is one of the largest, most innovative, and most highly acclaimed opera companies in the United States. HGO was the only American finalist for Opera Company of the Year at the 2017 International Opera Awards. In fulfilling its mission to advance the operatic art to serve an ever-evolving audience, HGO leads the field in commissioning new works (65 world premieres to date) and in training and nurturing promising young artists and administrators.
See what the buzz is about when you witness the Houston Grand Opera’s production of The Phoenix. Tickets to The Phoenix range from $20 to $210 and may be purchased online at www.houstongrandopera.org. Accessible seating is also available.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019—7:30 PM
Event Venue Location:
Wortham Theater Center
501 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas 77002