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The Passenger

Saturday January 18, 2014 - Sunday February 2, 2014

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center  



Overview

BRILLIANT. MAJESTIC. VIBRANT.

Join us for a dazzling seven-opera season! With international stars, an American premiere, and impeccable performances, you'll see what makes HGO an important voice on the world's musical stage. And you can see it all for as little as $15 a ticket!


Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger 
Sung in English  

January 18, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | January 22, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | January 25, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
January 31, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | February 2, 2014 - 2:00 p.m.
 

Memory can comfort, torment-even terrify-but it is always with us. As Faulkner wrote, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."

The horrors of the Second World War, still raw today, were fresh in 1959 when Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz wrote a play titled The Passenger from Cabin 45 for Polish radio. The play became the basis of the opera by Mieczyslaw Weinberg in 1967.

En route to a new post with her husband, a German diplomat, Lisa is unnerved by the sight of a woman-another passenger-who eerily resembles Martha, one of the inmates Lisa tormented when she was an SS overseer at Auschwitz. 

The action of the drama takes us from the stylish gentility of a luxury liner's deck to the squalor of a death camp where cruelty, despair, and unspeakable courage are evident in equal measure. This American premiere will be one of the most important musical events of the year. 

"A shattering coup. It is at times like this that opera's synthesis of music and drama works its most powerful spell." - The Sunday Times (London) 

"Rarely has such a unity of emotion been experienced in an opera house." - Frankfurter Allgemeine (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) 

Cast
Liese - Michelle Breedt 
Walter - Joseph Kaiser
Marta - Melody Moore
Tadeusz - Morgan Smith
Katya - Kelly Kaduce
Bronka - Kathryn Day  
Hannah - Agnieszka Rehlis
Ivette - Uliana Alexyuk
Krystyna - Natalya Romaniw
Vlasta - Carolyn Sproule
Old Woman - Victoria Livengood
First SS Officer - Robert Pomakov
Second SS Officer - Peixin Chen
Third SS Officer - Kevin Ray
Steward/Elderly Passenger - James Maddalena 
Senior Overseer/Capo - Cheryl Parrish

Creative Team
Conductor - Patrick Summers - Margaret Alkek Williams Chair 
Director - David Pountney
Associate Director - Rob Kearley 
Set Designer - Johan Engels
Costume Designer - Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Lighting Designer - Fabrice Kebour
Fight Director - Leraldo Anzaldua
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus 
Richard Bado, Chorus Master    

Grand Guarantor
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation  

Guarantors
Amanda and Morris Gelb
Joan and Stanford Alexander/Ann and Stephen Kaufman/
Paula and Irving Pozmantier/the Warren Family
Vinson & Elkins   

Grand Underwriters
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Joyce Z. Greenberg
Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
Shirley and Bruce Stein      

Co-production of the Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria; Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa, Warsaw; English National Opera, London; and Teatro Real, Madrid.  

Photo by Karl Forster      

Cast/Creative Team

Cast

Michelle Breedt*
Liese

Joseph Kaiser
Walter

Melody Moore
Marta

Morgan Smith*
Tadeusz

Kelly Kaduce
Katya

Kathryn Day
Bronka

Agnieszka Rehlis*
Hannah

Natalya Romaniw**
Krystyna

Carolyn Sproule**
Vlasta

Uliana Alexyuk**
Ivette

Victoria Livengood
Old Woman

Robert Pomakov
First SS Officer

Peixin Chen**
Second SS Officer

Kevin Ray**
Third SS Officer

James Maddalena
Steward/Elderly Passenger

Cheryl Parrish
Senior Overseer/Capo

Creative Team

Patrick Summers
Conductor

David Pountney
Director

Johan Engels
Set Designer

Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Costume Designer

Fabrice Kebour*
Lighting Designer

Rob Kearley*
Associate Director

Leraldo Anzaldua
Fight Director

Courtney D. Jones
Movement Director

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

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To give by phone or for more information, contact Rebecca Kier at 713-546-0252 or rkier@houstongrandopera.org.

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BRILLIANT. MAJESTIC. VIBRANT.

Join us for a dazzling seven-opera season! With international stars, an American premiere, and impeccable performances, you'll see what makes HGO an important voice on the world's musical stage. And you can see it all for as little as $15 a ticket!


Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger 
Sung in English  

January 18, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | January 22, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | January 25, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
January 31, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | February 2, 2014 - 2:00 p.m.
 

Memory can comfort, torment-even terrify-but it is always with us. As Faulkner wrote, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."

The horrors of the Second World War, still raw today, were fresh in 1959 when Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz wrote a play titled The Passenger from Cabin 45 for Polish radio. The play became the basis of the opera by Mieczyslaw Weinberg in 1967.

En route to a new post with her husband, a German diplomat, Lisa is unnerved by the sight of a woman-another passenger-who eerily resembles Martha, one of the inmates Lisa tormented when she was an SS overseer at Auschwitz. 

The action of the drama takes us from the stylish gentility of a luxury liner's deck to the squalor of a death camp where cruelty, despair, and unspeakable courage are evident in equal measure. This American premiere will be one of the most important musical events of the year. 

"A shattering coup. It is at times like this that opera's synthesis of music and drama works its most powerful spell." - The Sunday Times (London) 

"Rarely has such a unity of emotion been experienced in an opera house." - Frankfurter Allgemeine (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) 

Cast
Liese - Michelle Breedt 
Walter - Joseph Kaiser
Marta - Melody Moore
Tadeusz - Morgan Smith
Katya - Kelly Kaduce
Bronka - Kathryn Day  
Hannah - Agnieszka Rehlis
Ivette - Uliana Alexyuk
Krystyna - Natalya Romaniw
Vlasta - Carolyn Sproule
Old Woman - Victoria Livengood
First SS Officer - Robert Pomakov
Second SS Officer - Peixin Chen
Third SS Officer - Kevin Ray
Steward/Elderly Passenger - James Maddalena 
Senior Overseer/Capo - Cheryl Parrish

Creative Team
Conductor - Patrick Summers - Margaret Alkek Williams Chair 
Director - David Pountney
Associate Director - Rob Kearley 
Set Designer - Johan Engels
Costume Designer - Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Lighting Designer - Fabrice Kebour
Fight Director - Leraldo Anzaldua
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus 
Richard Bado, Chorus Master    

Grand Guarantor
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation  

Guarantors
Amanda and Morris Gelb
Joan and Stanford Alexander/Ann and Stephen Kaufman/
Paula and Irving Pozmantier/the Warren Family
Vinson & Elkins   

Grand Underwriters
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Joyce Z. Greenberg
Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
Shirley and Bruce Stein      

Co-production of the Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria; Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa, Warsaw; English National Opera, London; and Teatro Real, Madrid.  

Photo by Karl Forster      

Cast

Michelle Breedt*
Liese

Joseph Kaiser
Walter

Melody Moore
Marta

Morgan Smith*
Tadeusz

Kelly Kaduce
Katya

Kathryn Day
Bronka

Agnieszka Rehlis*
Hannah

Natalya Romaniw**
Krystyna

Carolyn Sproule**
Vlasta

Uliana Alexyuk**
Ivette

Victoria Livengood
Old Woman

Robert Pomakov
First SS Officer

Peixin Chen**
Second SS Officer

Kevin Ray**
Third SS Officer

James Maddalena
Steward/Elderly Passenger

Cheryl Parrish
Senior Overseer/Capo

Creative Team

Patrick Summers
Conductor

David Pountney
Director

Johan Engels
Set Designer

Marie-Jeanne Lecca
Costume Designer

Fabrice Kebour*
Lighting Designer

Rob Kearley*
Associate Director

Leraldo Anzaldua
Fight Director

Courtney D. Jones
Movement Director

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Donate Now Button on Support HGO 

To give by phone or for more information, contact Rebecca Kier at 713-546-0252 or rkier@houstongrandopera.org.

To submit your gift by mail, please use this form.

Loyal donors are behind each performance at Houston Grand Opera.
We can’t do it without you; please consider making a gift today!

Donate Now  


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