Skip to main content

Ethel Smyth: The Wreckers (Standrecht)

The DSO and principal conductor Robin Ticciati, the Rundfunkchor Berlin and a wonderful ensemble with vocal soloists present the probably most important opera 'The Wreckers' (Les Naufrageurs) by the English composer Ethel Smyth.

Philharmonie Berlin
Philharmonie Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Uwe Steinert

The libretto of the musical drama, which premiered in Leipzig in 1906, was written by the composer with Henry Brewster. In this concert, the French original version of the opera will be heard in its German premiere. The work impresses with sophisticated orchestration, performances by the chorus and solo parts.

Villagers instigated by their lay preacher lure ships to the coast to plunder it. Only fisherman Mark and his lover Thirza, the preacher's wife, do not join the robbing group, but warn the passing ships. They are discovered and brought before a secret court. Both of them die.


  • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  • Robin Ticciati Conductor
  • Philip Horst bass-baritone (Pascoe)
  • Karis Tucker mezzo-soprano (Thirza)
  • Daniel Scofield baritone (Lawrence)
  • Rodrigo Porras Garulo tenor (Mark)
  • Lauren Fagan soprano (Avis)
  • Donovan Singletary bass-baritone (Harvey)
  • Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts Tenor (Tallan)
  • Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano (Jack)
  • Berlin Radio Choir
  • Martina Batič choral conducting
Work performed:
Ethel Smyth: The Wreckers (Standrecht), lyric drama in three acts.

Additional information
Participating artists
Ethel Smyth (Komponist/in)
Martina Batič
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marta Fontanals-Simmons
Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Donovan Singletary
Lauren Fagan
Rodrigo Porras Garulo
Daniel Scofield
Karis Tucker
Philip Horst
Robin Ticciati
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Philharmonie Berlin