This past weekend, the Houston Grand Opera gave the US premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera "The Passenger," which will be performed again at this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival. Here’s what the Houston Chronicle had to say about this powerful work:
" ‘The Passenger,’ Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Holocaust opera, depicts not only the human spirit’s strength in the face of cruelty, but also its weakness when it denies the call of conscience. Weinberg’s long-neglected 1960s opera marshals ingenious storytelling and direct, potent music to bring both sides to life.”
> Read more about the opera’s Houston premiere here.
> Learn more about the Lincoln Center Festival performance this summer here.
(Photo by Lynn Lane)
Check out this new video from Playbill.com, as they go backstage at Lincoln Center Festival’s Monkey: Journey to the West and give a peek at the intricate workings of the show which features a cast of Chinese acrobats, singers, contortionists and martial artists.(Photo by Stephanie Berger)
Sinéad O’Connor, Ireland’s most renowned female vocalist, has always imbued her music—in any genre—with a powerful sense of raw spirituality. So perhaps it should be no surprise that this multiplatinum-selling artist has always harbored a deep love for the sounds of classic soul gospel music, one of the most joyful and deeply spiritual forms of music anywhere in the world. Sinéad’s personal soundtrack has always been marked by artists like Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and the Staple Singers, and for these two special nights at Alice Tully Hall, she treats audiences to a joyous romp through some of her favorite songs of that era, with a few surprises along the way, backed by a band specially assembled for this event which includes members of The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Soul Stirrers under the musical direction of Oscar- and Tony-nominated composer and pianist Bob Telson. A follow-up to her jaw dropping cameo at last year’s Lincoln Center Festival tribute to Curtis Mayfield, this exclusive concert is Sinéad’s only U.S. appearance this summer. Guest performers include The Inspirational Voices of The Abyssinian Baptist Church.
Lincoln Center Festival
July 26 and 27
Alice Tully Hall