This May, Houston Grand Opera presents the world premiere of After the Storm, a riveting new chamber opera set in Galveston and inspired by the island’s history and community. The story of one family’s choices and memories in the face of the next major hurricane, After the Storm took shape through intensive research and interviews with Galveston residents, historians, and meteorologists. The result is a gripping theatrical experience that evokes the resilience and spirit of Gulf Coast communities, and honors the interconnected nature of past and present.

Guests to the 42nd Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour will have the opportunity to view a special preview of the upcoming opera, followed by a Q&A, at the 1838 Menard House on Sunday, May 1. Previews will be held at 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 and are free for Homes Tour ticket holders. Non-ticket holders are welcomed with a donation of their choosing to Galveston Historical Foundation. The Menard House, Galveston’s oldest residence, is located at 1605 33rd Street.

“Houston Grand Opera is proud to be part of Galveston Historical Foundation’s Historic Homes Tour,” says HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech. “Galveston Historical Foundation has been a wonderful partner in helping us create the new chamber opera After the Storm, and we’re delighted to share excerpts from the opera at this event that ties in so beautifully with the opera’s focus on Galveston’s past.”

After the Storm will have two full performances; May 13th and the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center in Houston and on May 15th at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. Tickets for both are available at hgo.org/storm.

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