Houston Grand Opera got a coup on Friday with the news that famous German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, hailed by London Telegraph as “the world’s greatest tenor,” will join the company’s orchestra on October 6 for a one-night concert at the Wortham Theater Center. “An Evening with Jonas Kaufmann” will be the tenor’s Houston premiere and mark HGO’s return to Wortham after more than a year of absence due to the pandemic.
The concert, under the direction of HGO Artistic and Musical Director Patrick Summers, will serve as the company’s season opener with a post-performance gala dinner at the Brown Theater.
Solo recitals and concerts are standards in Kaufmann’s calendar, whose performances this summer by Cavaradossi in Puccini’s “Tosca” have received much praise. A German critic writes that the tenor “impressed as Cavaradossi with his famous velvety tones, seductive piani and the incredible security of his high notes”.
In Europe for the rest of the summer, the dreamer Kaufmann will give five recitals and concerts as well as multiple appearances in Tosca and at Wagner Tristen and Isolde in cinemas on the continent.
HGO’s concert will feature “a wide selection of arias and excerpts from the tenor’s heroic repertoire, including a generous sampling of the Wagnerian roles for which he has become famous,” according to a statement.
Jonas Kaufmann and the return of Wortham
“Not only are we thrilled with the opportunity to host one of the world’s most versatile tenors, but it will also be an evening of celebration as we return to live performances at Wortham,” said Summers. “The arts community has been hugely affected over the past year, and we are very honored to open our 2021-22 season with such an incredibly celebrated artist.”
Available now, concert gala dinner ticket packages include premium concert tickets and a post-performance sit-down dinner with Jonas Kaufmann. Individual tickets for the concert only will be available later this summer. Ticket packages range from $ 10,000 to $ 50,000, while individual concert and dinner tickets range from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000. Details are available here. Individual tickets for the concert only will be available at a later date.
HGO’s full 2021-22 production season kicks off October 22 with Carmen.