"The Falling and The Rising" Opera Promo - Official

  • “The Falling and The Rising” is a new opera based on collective interviews with dozens of U.S. Army veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. The opera chronicles the imagined journey of a Soldier suspended inside a coma following a roadside attack. Throughout the story, she makes her way through a coma-induced dreamscape punctuated by powerful encounters with other fellow service members, each on the brink of individual discovery. It presents an immensely powerful story, not only for those who are serving or have served in the military, but also for those who have never had the opportunity.
    On April 6 2018, members of the Soldiers’ Chorus and Texas Christian University will present the world debut of a new American opera about U.S. Army veterans. “The Falling and The Rising,” a work by composer Zach Redler and librettist Jerre Dye, has taken more than three years to come together since its conception in the mind of our own Staff Sgt. Ben Hilgert: “We wanted to work with opera companies that had a history of military connections but we wanted to have veterans and active duty Soldiers be the ones to tell their story and then bring it to the opera stage.” He found co-commissioners in TCU, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera Memphis, and in August 2017 the piece was workshopped at Seagle Music Colony, thanks to collaboration with producer Darren Woods.
    Singing the featured roles in the “The Falling and The Rising” are Soldiers’ Chorus members Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Erbe, Sgt. 1st Class Betsy Garcia, Staff Sgt. Ian Bowling, Staff Sgt. Rachel Farber and Staff Sgt. Keenan McCarter. The music director and conductor for the world premier is Tyson Deaton and stage director is David Gately.
    For more information visit our website or contact:
    The United States Army Field Band
    4214 Field Band Drive
    STE 5330
    Fort Meade, Maryland 20755-7055

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