Photo: Bregenzer Festspiele / Karl Forster.
In my column on Mieczysław Weinberg's The Passenger last summer, I noted that the Lincoln Center Festival had plans to stage the piece in a future season. It turns out that that production, whose date is not yet public, will not be the opera's only American appearance. The Houston Grand Opera is ready to announce that it will present The Passenger in 2014, in the powerful David Pountney staging that previously played in Bregenz and London. Michelle Breedt is slated to reprise the role of the Aufseherin, Lisa; Joseph Kaiser will portray her husband, Walter; Melody Moore is Martha; Morgan Smith is Tadeusz; and Patrick Summers will conduct.