When David Pountney staged Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger at English National Opera in September 2011, most of the London critics reached deep into their dictionaries of scorn. Mine was one of few voices that argued for the importance of the work, not as a holocaust memento but as a masterwork of modern opera.
Since then, The Passenger has been staged in Karlsruhe, Germany.
The big news is that Houston Grand Opera is to stage the US premiere tonight in a production that Chicago Lyric Opera will share in 2015. The show will also travel to the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. Start queuing now.