The House Without a Christmas Tree

Opera for Young Audiences

Libretto by Royce Vavrek

Published by Theodore Presser Company

Duration: 80 min.

Premiere: World Premiere December 2017, Houston Grand Opera

Commission: Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera

Purchasing & Rental: Theodore Presser

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In its program to enhance holiday offerings, the Houston Grand Opera approached Gordon with the idea of creating an operatic version of the enchanting TV-movie-turned-novel, The House Without a Christmas Tree. The central story of personal loss struck a chord with both Gordon and librettist Vavrek, as each has suffered the loss of family members and, in Gordon’s case, partner. The final theme of rebirth is one of catharsis and joy, and the resulting opera was especially welcome in a city that had just experienced the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

Ricky Ian Gordon & Royce Vavrek

Houston Grand Opera


Photos by Lynn Lane