Houston Grand Opera’s 2018-19 Season To Feature Ana María Martínez, Luca Pisaroni, Thomas Hampson & Ailyn Pérez

By Francisco Salazar

The Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2018-19 season featuring six productions of German, Italian, Spanish and French repertoire. There will also be a world premiere, the first for the company in over a decade.

The season opens with “The Flying Dutchman” on Oct. 19 with Andrzej Dobber in the title role and Rachel Willis-Sørensen in the role of Senta. Kristinn Sigmundsson sings Daland while Eric Cutler is Erik. Music director Patrick Summers conducts Tomer Zvulun production.

Performance Dates: Oct. 19-Nov.2 (5 Performances)

John Caird’s classic production of “La Boheme” follows with Nicole Heaston as Mimi and Ivan Magrì as Rodolfo. Michael Sumuel is Marcello while Pureum Jo is Musetta. James Lowe conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 26-Nov. 11 (6 Performances) 

Ana María Martínez returns to HGO in the title role Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” in Francesca Zambello’s production. Joshua Guerrero, Norman Garrett, Nancy Fabiola Herrera and David Pittsinger round out the cast while Patrick Summers conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 18-Feb. 3 (5 Performances)

The HGO lines up Mariusz Kwiecien and Lawrence Brownlee in the cast of Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers.” Andrea Carroll sings the role of Leila while Federico De Michelis sings Nourabad. Conductor Roderick Cox leads director E. Loren Meeker’s production.

Performance Dates: Jan. 25-Feb. 8 (5 Performances) 

Kasper Holten’s Royal Opera House production comes to the Houston Grand Opera with Philippe Sly in the title role of “Don Giovanni.” Ryan McKinny sings the role of Leporello while Ailyn Pérez takes on the role of Donna Anna. Melody Moore and Ben Bliss round out the cast as Donna Elvira and Don Ottavio while Kristinn Sigmundsson is the Commendatore. Cristian Măcelaru conducts.

Performance Dates: April 20-May 5 (5 Performances)

The HGO will world premiere “The Phoenix” by composer Tarik O’Regan and librettist John Caird. The new opera which tells the story of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s life and stars Thomas Hampson as an older Da Ponte and Luca Pisaroni as a young Da Ponte and Lorenzo Da Ponte Jr. Rihab Chaieb sings the roles of Maria Malibran, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Nancy Da Ponte née Grahl while Joseph Kaiser will sing the roles of Patrick Kelly, Giacomo Casanova, Emperor Joseph II, Opera Taylor, and Clement Clark Moore. John Caird directs the new production while Patrick Summers conducts the world premiere.

Performance DateApril 26 -May 10 (5 Performances)