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A Christmas Carol

Friday, December 5, 2014 - Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center  



Overview

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)

Cast
The Narrator - Jay Hunter Morris
The Narrator - Kevin Ray (Dec. 17 and 20)

Creative Team
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.

Synopsis

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.

Cast/Creative Team

Cast

Jay Hunter Morris
Narrator

Kevin Ray***
Narrator, Dec. 17 and 20

Creative Team

Iain Bell*
Composer

Simon Callow*
Librettist/Director

Warren Jones*
Conductor

Laura Hopkins*
Set and Costume Designer

Mark McCullough
Lighting Designer

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Media

There are not any current media reviews available for this production at this time.

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)

Cast
The Narrator - Jay Hunter Morris
The Narrator - Kevin Ray (Dec. 17 and 20)

Creative Team
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.

Cast

Jay Hunter Morris
Narrator

Kevin Ray***
Narrator, Dec. 17 and 20

Creative Team

Iain Bell*
Composer

Simon Callow*
Librettist/Director

Warren Jones*
Conductor

Laura Hopkins*
Set and Costume Designer

Mark McCullough
Lighting Designer

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

There are not any current media reviews available for this production at this time.


Ticketed Productions at HGO: Tickets are available for purchase online until 4 p.m. CST on the day of the performance (Noon CST on the day of a matinee performance). Please call our Customer Care Center at 713-228-OPERA (6737) or 800-62-OPERA (800-626-7372) if you have questions or have other ticketing needs. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the HGO box office located at 550 Prairie Street. Box office hours during HGO Season Repertory: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday–Noon to curtain (performance days only).

How Many Seats? Groups of ten or more receive discounts and special seating! Please call 713-546-0248 or e-mail groups@HoustonGrandOpera.org to learn more about Group Sales. 

All sales are final. If the performance includes an intermission, latecomers will be seated during that time based on the house staff and ushers’ discretion. The use of cameras or recording devices is strictly forbidden at HGO performances. Dates, casting and programs are subject to change without notice. 

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