Matthew Polenzani, Isabel Leonard to Headline Houston Grand Opera’s ‘Werther’

By David Salazar

Houston Grand Opera is set to present Massenet’s “Werther” starting on Jan. 27, 2023.

The opera will star Matthew Polenzani in the title role alongside Isabel Leonard, Jasmine Habersham, and Sean Michael Plumb; all four artists will be making their company debuts. Other cast members include Patrick Carfizzi, Ricardo Garcia, Cory McGee, Emily Triegle, and Luke Sutliff.

Also making his debut is director Benoît Jacquot, whose mise-en-scène is presented in co-production with the Opéra National de Paris and the Royal Opera House.

“Werther” runs through Feb. 10, 2023 at the Wortham Theater Center for a total of five performances.

This is the first time since 1979 that the Houston Grand Opera presents the Massenet masterwork.