The End of the Affair: The Book, The Film, The Opera
Graham Greene's haunting novel, The End of the Affair, set against the backdrop of wartime London, examines the three-way collision between love of self, love of another and love of God. On February 15, Terrence Doody, professor of English at Rice University, will discuss the novel. On February 22, Dennis Huston, professor of English at Rice University, will explore writer-director Neil Jordan's 1999 adaptation of Greene's novel to film. And on February 29, composer Jake Heggie, who burst onto the opera scene with Dead Man Walking, will discuss the creative process behind his new opera, The End of the Affair, and describe the transformation of a novel to the stage. Following Mr. Heggie's lecture and a light supper, the class will have the unique opportunity to observe an orchestral staging rehearsal of The End of the Affair, the penultimate practice before the opera has its world premier on March 4 at the Wortham Center.