21 May – 24 June

The Wreckers

When survival comes at the cost of another’s life, two lovers are faced with an impossible choice.

Glyndebourne Members have priority booking for Festival 2022 tickets – find out more about becoming a Member

Public booking opens on Sunday 6 March 2022

About the opera

‘The storm is coming…’

Would you die for what you believe?

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

Creative team

 Robin Ticciati

Melly Still

Ana Inés Jabares-Pita

Lighting Designer
Malcolm Rippeth

Video Designer
Akhila Krishnan

Mike Ashcroft

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

Cast includes

Markus Brück

Clémentine Margaine

James Rutherford

Rodrigo Porras Garulo

Lauren Fagan

Donovan Singletary

Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts

Marta Fontanals-Simmons

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.

Supported by Christopher and Sarah Smith with a Syndicate and Circle of individuals
Bring world-class opera to the stage in Festival 2022

The Wreckers is available to support from £5000+
Join a Production Circle or Syndicate
Contact our Director of Development, Helen McCarthy – helen.mccarthy@glyndebourne.com

Illustration © Katie Ponder

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