“Only connect!” Forster famously pleads in Howards End. In our opera Helen and Leonard connect singing this powerful fragment from Beethoven in the street after a concert: “Be embraced, Oh let the whole world share this kiss!”
In the great 1992 film Howards End, Emma Thompson plays a forgiving Margaret to Anthony Hopkins’ penitent Henry. In our opera Margaret and Henry struggle to find a way forward in their flawed and compromised relationship.
Boston’s rich and poor juxtaposed.