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The Wreckers

Oct. 28 - Nov. 11, 2022

A lost masterpiece

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. English translation by Amanda Holden.

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    2 Hours 10 Minutes. Includes 1 intermission.
  • Language
    Sung in English with projected English translation

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Cast & Creative

Sasha Cooke Photo By Stephanie Girard 2

Sasha Cooke


Norman Reinhardt BW (1)

Norman Reinhardt


Galoyanmane Pc Robert Koloyan

Mané Galoyan


Smith PC Jiyang Chen 1

Reginald Smith, Jr


PH Belcher 2021 Crop BW

Daniel Belcher


Paul Groves


Luke Sutliff BW
Luke Sutliff


Sun Ly Pierce

Sun-Ly Pierce


Creative Team
Patrick Summers BW
Patrick Summers


Louisa+Muller 1 Simon+Pauly (1)

Louisa Muller 


ORAM, Christopher Headshot

Christopher Oram

Set and Costumes Designer

Marcus Doshi 

Lighting Designer

Richard Bado BW
Richard Bado

Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

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  • Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc.

  • Dian and Harlan Stai

  • Robin Angly and Miles Smith

Grand Underwriter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Nickson

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