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Houston Grand Opera - Weinberg's The Passenger

Memory can comfort, torment-even terrify-but it is always with us. As Faulkner wrote, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."

The horrors of the Second World War, still raw today, were fresh in 1959 when Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz wrote a play titled The Passenger from Cabin 45 for Polish radio. The play became the basis of the opera by Mieczyslaw Weinberg in 1967.

En route to a new post with her husband, a German diplomat, Lisa is unnerved by the sight of a woman-another passenger-who eerily resembles Martha, one of the inmates Lisa tormented when she was an SS overseer at Auschwitz. 

The action of the drama takes us from the stylish gentility of a luxury liner's deck to the squalor of a death camp where cruelty, despair, and unspeakable courage are evident in equal measure. This American premiere will be one of the most important musical events of the year.

Sung in English.

Tickets and seating are on your own.

Pre-curtain lectures are held 45 minutes before each performance on the Orchestra Level of the theater.  These 20-minutes presentations are free and open to all ticket holders.

Out of consideration for other patrons and for the performers, there is no late seating.

I will be at the top of the escalator to the left from 7:00PM to 7:10PM (wearing black/white outfit).  Please come and say hello.

Downtown offers free metered street parking after 6:00PM on Saturday (do not park by the red ones).  Parking in the Theater District Parking Garage is $7.00 on Saturday.  Clearance for trucks and vans is 6’8”.


For anyone interested in having dinner before the performance, let's gather in the lobby of the Post Rice Lofts building at 5:45PM.  It is located at 909 Texas in between Travis and Main Streets.  I will be in the seating area on the left.  We will leave for dinner at 6:00PM.

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  • Cheryl G.

    The opera was truly moving - poetry can come after Auschwitz.

    January 26, 2014

  • Larry B.

    Never forgive, never forget, was the theme of the Opera. It was moving with an amazing set and music that created an atmosphere that brought you into a horrible place. Not a happy experience.

    Kathleen was by the staircase, we only had one person at dinner. For these operas the socializing occurs before the event. We are typically too spent to go out after.

    January 26, 2014

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