Houston Grand Opera Announces Cast Change For ‘La Favorite’

By Francisco Salazar

The Houston Grand Opera has announced a cast change for Donizetti’s “La Favorite.”

The company revealed that Michael Spyres will sing the role of Fernand replacing Lawrence Brownlee. The performance will mark Spyres’ debut at the Houston Grand Opera.

Spyres is set to also make his Metropolitan Opera debut in “La Damnation de Faust” this month alongside Elina Garanca and Ildar Abdrazakov. This season he is set to appear at the Bayerische Statasoper, Tonhalle Orchester, Salzburg Festival and Wiener Staatsoper.

“La Favorite” also stars Jamie Barton, Jacques Imbrailo, Federico De Michelis, Christopher Bozeka, and Elena Villalón. Patrick Summers conducts the production by Kevin Newbury.

Brownlee returns to the performance on Feb. 1, 2020.