World Premiere | A Christmas Carol
A Chamber Opera
Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Music by Iain Bell, Libretto by Simon Callow.
December 5, 2014 - 8:00 PM | December 7, 2014 - 2:30 PM | December 9, 2014 - 8:00 PM
December 11, 2014 - 8:00 PM | December 14, 2014 - 2:30 PM | December 16, 2014 - 8:00 PM
December 17, 2014 - 8:00 PM | December 19, 2014 - 8:00 PM | December 20, 2014 - 8:00 PM
December 21, 2014 - 2:30 PM
God bless us, everyone!
When Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol appeared in 1843, it delighted Victorian London and still inspires imaginations today.
While this version of A Christmas Carol is not for the very youngest children, those who are old enough to enjoy a great ghost story will appreciate it and its timeless uplifting message.
Iain Bell, a promising young British composer, has written a captivating score to a libretto by Simon Callow, the renowned film and stage actor. Remembered for roles in films like A Room with a View and Four Weddings and a Funeral, Callow has also played Ebenezer Scrooge and Dickens himself on the screen.
Together, they have penned a spellbinding, intensely theatrical experience for HGO's intimate Cullen Theater. The opera is a true tour de force - a one man show - with Jay Hunter Morris as the narrator of this beloved fable. We will, without doubt, leave the theater with a deeper understanding of the holiday each time we say, "Merry Christmas."
"Bell shows he can create gentle, lyrical moments, tumultuous structures that build in atmosphere and action scenes that excite." - Kurier (Vienna)
The Narrator - Jay Hunter Morris
The Narrator - Kevin Ray (Dec. 17 and 20)
Conductor - Warren Jones
Director - Simon Callow
Set & Costume Designer - Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designer - Mark McCullough
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
A Production of Houston Grand Opera.
Image by Pattima Singhalaka.
Near the end of the workday on Christmas Eve, Scrooge, a penurious businessman, grudgingly gives his clerk Bob Cratchit the next day off for the holiday. When Scrooge returns home, he is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, who died on Christmas Eve seven years previously. Marley wears a long, heavy chain and warns Scrooge that he faces the same fate unless he mends his selfish ways. Marley warns that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits. Scrooge is visited in turn by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. At the end of the final visit, Scrooge implores the spirit to reverse his fate, promising to be a new man.