It's A Wonderful Life
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Language

Sung in English with projected text

Age

Appropriate for all ages

Running Time

2 hours, 20 minutes
1 intermission

Subject

No man is a failure who has friends.

HGO’s holiday opera series continues with the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Made famous by the 1946 Frank Capra movie, this timeless tale follows a troubled banker whose guardian angel helps us realize the lasting impact our lives can have on those around us.

Join us for the ultimate holiday classic from one of America’s leading composers (Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, and Great Scott).


Cast and Creative Team

George Bailey

William Burden 

Clara

Talise Trevigne 

Henry F. Potter /Mr. Gower

Rod Gilfry

Mary Hatch Bailey 

Andrea Carroll 

Harry Bailey 

Joshua Hopkins 

Uncle Billy 

Anthony Dean Griffey 

Conductor 

Patrick Summers
Margaret Alkek Williams Chair 

Director

Leonard Foglia 

Set Designer

Robert Brill 

Costume Designer

David C. Woolard 

Lighting Designer 

Brian Nason 

Projection Designer 

Elaine J. McCarthy 

Sound Designer

Andrew Harper

Choreographer

Keturah Stickann


Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus 

CAST

George Bailey
Clara
Henry F. Potter/Mr. Gower
Andrea Carroll
Mary Hatch Bailey
Joshua Hopkins
Harry Bailey
Anthony Dean Griffey
Uncle Billy
D’Ana Lombard
Winged Angel
Winged Angel
Yongzhao Yu
Winged Angel
Ben Edquist
Winged Angel
HeathMartin
Ernie
Mother Bailey
Young George
Young Mary/Janie
Zuzu
Young Sam/Tommy
Young Harry

CREATIVE TEAM

Composer
Librettist
Patrick Summers
Conductor
Leonard Foglia
Director
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Projection Designer
Sound Designer
Choreographer
Bradley Moore
Chorus Director

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist
"[E]motional intensity permeates every line of [William] Burden's elegant singing."
-New York Times
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Sponsors

Grand Guarantors
The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation

Guarantors
The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts
Sara and Bill Morgan
Franci Neely
Cynthia and Tony Petrello
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Grand Underwriters
The Cullen Foundation