Houston Grand Opera presents It's A Wonderful Life
The 1946 Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life has become synonymous with the American holiday spirit. The story of a man at the precipice who is given an opportunity to see what the world would have been like if he had never lived becomes the newest in HGO’s series of holiday operas.
This world premiere by Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer is based, like the film, on Philip Van Doren Stern’s 1943 story, The Greatest Gift. Unlike Heggie’s best-known operas, which are based on real-life situations or stories, It’s a Wonderful Life is a fantasy comedy-drama, with mystical elements not bound by the limits of time and space.