When survival comes at the cost of another’s life, two lovers are faced with an impossible choice.
Public booking opens on Sunday 6 March 2022
About the opera
Would you die for the one you love?
In a remote corner of Cornwall, a God-fearing community lives a desperate, precarious existence. Their only hope is the ships that are wrecked on their rocks. But when they start to cause those shipwrecks deliberately, murdering the crew for profit, it tears the villagers apart, setting in motion a tragedy that kills two of their own.
This powerful, psychological drama of ‘wrecking, religion and love’ was the pinnacle of Ethel Smyth’s career – a work Sir Thomas Beecham praised as a ‘masterpiece’, admired by Mahler. With its sweeping musical soundscapes, passionate central love story, and radical interrogation of fear, hypocrisy and mob violence, it’s not only the missing link in the history of English opera – an ancestor to Britten’s Peter Grimes – but a compelling piece of theatre, whose heroine is a mirror of her fascinating, unorthodox creator.
Directed by Melly Still, this new production will be the first major, professional staging of our lifetime, and the first opportunity to hear the opera as Smyth intended, with its original French libretto. Glyndebourne’s music director Robin Ticciati conducts.
A new production for Festival 2022. Sung in French with English supertitles
Ana Inés Jabares-Pita
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Rodrigo Porras Garulo
This edition of The Wreckers was compiled by the Glyndebourne Music Library using source material from the original score. With special thanks to the British Library.
The Wreckers is available to support from £5000+
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Illustration © Katie Ponder