Dame Ethel Smyth was a friend of Brahms, Clara Schumann, Edvard Grieg, Benjamin Britten, and William Walton. The Wreckers, premiered in 1906 by Sir Thomas Beecham, is the English opera that would pave the way to Peter Grimes. Almost impressionistic in its sound, The Wreckers explores the power of love in a world of evil. After its triumphant Leipzig premiere, The London Times declared Smyth's work to be "one of the very few modern operas which must count among the great things in art."
Enjoy an illuminating pre-concert talk with American Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Richard Wilson, at 1:30 p.m. in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Rose Building, Tenth Floor, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza.
Dame Ethel Smyth - The Wreckers (1904) US Premiere
Kate Aldrich - Mezzo-soprano
Ellie Dehn - Soprano
Louis Otey - Baritone
Richard Cox - Tenor
Andrew Schroeder - Baritone
Ryan MacPherson - Tenor
Deborah Domanski - Mezzo-soprano
Peter Van Derick - Bass
Concert Chorale of New York - James Bagwell, Music Director