<i>Glory Denied</i>

Photo by Ellen Appel


Past Event

Location Info:

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum
8325 Travelair St.
Houston, TX  77061
In 1964, Jim Thompson was captured by the Viet Cong and held prisoner for the next 3,278 days. When the longest-held POW in U.S. history was released in 1973, he had missed almost nine years with his wife and four children, not to mention everything from the civil rights movement and women’s liberation to Beatlemania and the Summer of Love. “He doesn’t recognize the world,” says Carleen Graham, the director of Houston Grand Opera’s community outreach arm, HGOco. “He literally doesn’t recognize it.” HGOco will present Thompson’s story, dramatized in Tom Cipullo’s chamber opera Glory Denied, as part of its Veterans Songbook project, a multi-year initiative highlighting the courage, strength and sacrifice of service members. “[The story is] very human,” says Graham, “the good, the bad, the joyous, the ugly.” 7:30 p.m. November 6 and 9. 1940 Air Terminal Museum, 8325 Travelair. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit houstongrandopera.org. $40.

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