Houston Grand Opera today unveiled its detailed plans for the 2013-14 season. As reported in September, the opera is undertaking the first part of a four-season plan to do the entire Ring cycle (a production by the Catalan company La Fura dels Baus) and a Sondheim work. It will stage the North American premiere of The Passenger, a Holocaust novel.
It will also be staging the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's A Coffin in Egypt based on the late Horton Foote's play of the same name. And despite previously announcing her retirement or at least a slowdown in performing, mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade will be singing - good news for Houston.
And it's giving us a double dose of Verdi with Aida and Rigoletto.
Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers and Managing Director Perryn Leech made their announcement by press release today. There will also be two new opera commissions as part of HGOco's East + West series, this time on the Indian and Cambodian communities.
According to HGO, the 48 performances of eight operas planned by HGO for the 2013-14 season is an increase of 45 percent over is 2011-12 season. They also say subscription sales have increased by 35 percent.
Here's the lineup
Guiseppe Verdi: Aida October 18, 20, 26, 29, November 1, 3 9
Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus October 25, 27, Nov 2, 8, 10
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: The Passenger January 18, 22, 25, 31, February 2
Guiseppe Verdi: Rigoletto January 24, 26, 29, February 1, 7, 9
Stephen Sondheim: A Little Night Music March 7, 9, 13, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 Ricky Ian Gordon: A Coffin in Egypt (World Premiere) March 14, 16, 22
Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold April 11, 13, 17, 23, 26
Georges Bizet: Carmen (new production) Aoril 25, 27, May 2, 4, 8, 10