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Houston Grand Opera Announces Substitution For LA FAVORITE

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Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announces that conductor Christophe Rousset withdrew today from the HGO premiere of La favorite due to personal circumstances. HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers will conduct all five performances. The production runs from Jan. 24 - Feb. 9, 2020 at the Wortham Theater Center.

Patrick Summers was named artistic and music director of HGO in 2011 after having served as the company's music director since 1998. Highlights of his work at HGO include conducting the company's first-ever complete cycle of Wagner's Ring and its first performances of the Verdi Requiem; collaborating on the world premieres of Tarik O'Regan's The Phoenix, André Previn's Brief Encounter, Christopher Theofanidis's The Refuge, Jake Heggie's It's a Wonderful Life, The End of the Affair, and Three Decembers, Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree and Prince of Players, and Tod Machover's Resurrection.

Additionally, Summers led the American premiere of Weinberg's Holocaust opera The Passenger, both at HGO and on tour to the Lincoln Center Festival; and nurtured the careers of such artists as Christine Goerke, Ailyn Pérez, Joyce DiDonato, Ana María Martínez, Ryan McKinny, Tamara Wilson, Albina Shagimuratova, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Norman Reinhardt, Jamie Barton, and Dimitri Pittas. Maestro Summers will also conduct HGO's new production of Aida during the winter repertoire.

To learn more about La favorite or to purchase tickets, visit: HGO.org.


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