Houston Grand Opera presents The Wreckers
Dame Ethel Smyth’s epic 1906 opera The Wreckers gets its first-ever full-scale production from a major American opera company.
This must-see new production stars Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke as the resolute Thirza, whose husband, the preacher Pascoe, declares to the coastal community that shipwrecks along their shore are meant to be pillaged - and meant to be premeditated by leaving the lighthouse dark. But Thirza’s heart and conscience are not with her husband or with his dangerous methods. Someone among them is secretly warning the ships of danger, and the villagers search for the traitor while Thirza embraces her convictions, no matter the cost.
Acclaimed HGO Studio alumni Reginald Smith, Jr. and Norman Reinhardt sing the roles of Pascoe and Mark, the fisherman in love with the married Thirza. Radiant soprano and HGO Studio alumna Mané Galoyan performs the role of Mark’s unhappy ex, Avis. This exciting new HGO production is directed by Louisa Muller and conducted by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers.
An original HGO production, it features English translation by Amanda Holden.