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Language

Sung in English and Italian with projected English translation

Age

Appropriate for all ages

Running Time

2 hours and 25 minutes
1 intermission

Subject

Mozart's notorious librettist is reborn.

Lorenzo da Ponte led a scandalous life that rivaled the stories he committed to paper, including some of his most popular operas: Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and The Marriage of Figaro. 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 the 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. 


Cast and Creative Team

Lorenzo Da Ponte

 Thomas Hampson

Lorenzo Da Ponte Jr.
/ Lorenzo as a Young Man 

 Luca Pisaroni  


Maria Malibran
/ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
/ Nancy Da Ponte née Grahl

 Rihab Chaieb



Patrick Kelly / Giacomo Casanova
/ Emperor Joseph II
/ Opera Taylor
/ Clement Clark Moore

 Joseph Kaiser




Giulietta / Anzoletta
/ Matilda Grahl
/ Anna Morichelli

 Lauren Snouffer



Faustina / Angela Tiepolo
/ Annetta / Louisa Grahl
/ Brigida Banti

Elizabeth Sutphen



Director 

 John Caird

Conductor

Patrick Summers

Set & Costume Designer

David Farley

Lighting Designer

Michael James Clark

Choreographer
/ Movement Director

Tim Claydon

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Original Production by Houston Grand Opera.

Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera.

CAST

Thomas Hampson
Lorenzo da Ponte
Luca Pisaroni
Lorenzo da Ponte Jr/ Lorenzo as a young man
Rihab Chaieb
Maria Malibran/Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Nancy da Ponte née Grahl
Joseph Kaiser
Patrick Kelly/Giacomo Casanova/Emperor Joseph II/Opera Taylor/Clement Clark Moore
Lauren Snouffer
Giulietta/Anzoletta/Matilda Grahl/Anna Morichelli
Elizabeth Sutphen
Faustina / Angela Tiepolo / Annetta / Louisa Grahl / Brigida Banti

CREATIVE TEAM

Patrick Summers
Conductor
John Caird
Director
David Farley
Set & Costume Designer
Michael James Clark
Lighting Designer
Choreographer/Movement Director
Richard Bado
Chorus Master

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