The story starts in a train station, that most romantic of spaces, where possibilities seem infinite. Laura Jesson and Alec Harvey, a 1930s British housewife and doctor, already married to other people, meet by chance and fall deeply in love. André PrevinsBrief Encounter
, the operatic version of Noël Cowards film of the same name, is a poignant and bittersweet story. These lovers can honor their feelings for each other or honor their vows to their spouses. Either choice is filled with pain and heartache.
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makes its world premiere here with the Houston Grand Opera, featuring Elizabeth Futral as Laura and Nathan Gunn as Alec. 7:30 p.m. May 1, 5, 7 and 9, and 2 p.m. May 3. Wortham Center, 500 Texas. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit www.houston-grand-opera.org. $25 to $225.
Fri., May 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 3, 2 p.m.; Tue., May 5, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., May 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 9, 7:30 p.m., 2009