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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

Creative Team
Patrick Summers BW
Patrick Summers


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Louisa Muller


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Christopher Oram

Set and Costumes Designer

Marcus Doshi BW
Marcus Doshi

Lighting Designer

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Adam Noble

Intimacy / Fight Director

Richard Bado BW
Richard Bado

Chorus Director

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Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

A moment with the Maestro

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers

"This is a neglected masterpiece that we want to bring into the active repertoire. Dame Ethel Smyth was a musical polymath, a phenomenally gifted person in an era in which women were barely allowed to make music, much less create it. The Wreckers is a grand-Edwardian-Gothic-wild-epic-romance, and you’ll wonder after it why you’ve never heard of it!”

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Premier Guarantors
  • Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc.

  • Dian and Harlan Stai

  • Claire Liu and Joe Greenberg

  • Robin Angly and Miles Smith

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

  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Husseini

  • Kiana K. Caleb

  • James and Nathanael Rosenheim

  • Marianne Kah

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