May 16, 2016 After the Storm, an original opera
Your humble Galveston restaurant reviewer is now going to try her hand at an opera review. Last night we saw "After the Storm" at the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galveston. HGO commissioned the opera and this was one of the 2 world premieres.
The story is about a woman who is a descendent of survivors of the Hurricane of 1900 that wiped out Galveston. Another hurricane is approaching Galveston and her daughter, now living in Houston, urges her to "hightail it up 45" to her home.
Tying together events from 1900 and Hurricane Ike, the story is compelling and dramatic. The music was very evocative of the storm and the cast was excellent. It was only 80 minutes long so Mike stayed awake (that's for you Catherine McKay) and even raved about how much he enjoyed it.
I don't know when it will be staged again, but I highly recommend it to you if it is.