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The Falling & The Rising

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Nov. 15, 17, 20, 22, & 24, 2019

A Soldier’s Operatic Odyssey

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Fri 7:30PM

 

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Sun 2:00PM

 

20

Wed 7:30PM

 

22

Fri 7:30PM

 

24

Sun 2:00PM

 

Overview

A chamber opera
Music by Zach Redler

Libretto by Jerre Dye

The Falling and the Rising is an operatic story of service, sacrifice, and connection inside uncertainty. The opera was originally created from compiled interviews with active-duty soldiers and veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, The Old Guard at Fort Myer, and Fort Meade. It serves as an ode to American soldiers, honoring the indomitable spirit of our military veterans and shining a light on the significance of their often untold stories.

The opera traces the inner journey of a comatose soldier after she has suffered a roadside attack. As her consciousness traverses a coma-induced dreamscape, the audience serves as both companion and witness to her journey. Along the way we share powerful encounters with fellow service members, each one on the brink of a discovery of their own. Together, they seek clarity and communal hope through their shared resilience in facing a murky and everchanging reality.

The intimate, fully-staged, 70-minute chamber opera will be performed by 5 singers and an 11-piece orchestra in Tagney Jones Hall at the new Opera Center.

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The Falling and The Rising

In English | A Chamber Opera presentation | Tagney Jones Hall at the Opera Center
Performance time: 70 minutes with no intermission

 

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Synopsis

The Falling and The Rising, a new American Opera, is based upon a series of interviews with wounded warriors, active duty Soldiers, and Veterans, and seeks to share the camaraderie and values of Soldiers serving in America’s Army. It tells the story of a Soldier, posted in a conflict overseas, whose world is forever changed by an improvised explosive device shortly after a video chat with her daughter. The military doctors induce a coma to save her life. In this quasi-dream state, the Soldier envisions another combat veteran during a mandatory therapy session. Unable to communicate, the Soldier experiences but is unable to discuss the Doctor’s update of her condition - a traumatic brain injury. Later, imagining a conversation with an Army Ranger, she is reminded of the strength and resilience inherent in every Soldier. She then has a vision of a Colonel mourning the loss of his wife; soon after, she meets and takes strength from a Veteran who demonstrates his own recovery to his family’s congregation. Surrounded by her company near and far, this Soldier finds the strength she needs to go on, to return to her fellow Soldiers and her young daughter.

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Post-Show Discussions

After each performance of The Falling and the Rising, Seattle Opera will host a panel discussion featuring community members and organizations working to improve the lives and well-being of service members and veterans through the arts. The discussions will take place in Tagney Jones Hall following each performance, and a full schedule and details will be available soon.

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The Opera’s History

The mission of The U.S. Army Field Band is to serve and inspire the American people by telling the Army story and honoring our Soldiers and Veterans at home and abroad. In 2015, Staff Sergeant Benjamin Hilgert of the Soldiers’ Chorus conceived of a way to carry out that mission more effectively than ever: an opera based on the true stories of active duty Soldiers.

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Cast

Tess Altiveros

Soldier

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Female Soldier, The Falling & The Rising

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Clorinda, The Combat (’17)
Previously at Seattle Opera: E, O+E (’18)
Recently: Soprano, fully staged production of St. Matthew Passion (Shreveport Symphony Orchestra); Dalila, Handel’s Samson (Pacific MusicWorks); L’enfant, L’enfant et les sortilèges (Pacific Symphony); Soprano, the world premiere of Borders (Carnegie Hall), Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (Skylark Opera); Hannah, The Merry Widow (Inland Opera Northwest).
Upcoming: Susanna, Le Nozze di Figaro (Kentucky Opera); Rosina, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera on the James).

Last Updated: May 2019

Tess Altiveros

Soldier

Elizabeth Galafa

Toledo

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Toledo, The Falling & The Rising

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Seattle Opera Debut
Elizabeth Galafa earned her M.M. in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan, where she performed the role of the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and The Child in L’enfant et les sortileges. Elizabeth holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Stetson University, where she notably appeared as the Alto soloist in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. Previously, Elizabeth was previously a Young Artist at Aquilon Music Festival, where she performed the role of Opera Actress II in the World Premiere of La Chûte de Phaëton. She’s the recipient of a 2018 Encouragement Award at the Seattle Opera Guild Awards, and was a 2018 Semi-finalist at the NATSAA Finals in New York City.

Last Updated: June 2019

Elizabeth Galafa

Toledo

Seattle Opera Debut

Tim Janecke

Jumper

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Jumper, The Falling & The Rising

Hometown: Warren, IL
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Soloist, Haydn’s Creation (Philharmonia Northwest); Soloist, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Northwest Symphony Orchestra); Soloist, Handel’s Messiah (Federal Way Symphony); Don José, Carmen (Tacoma Opera); Soloist, Verdi’s Requiem (Kirkland Choral Society/Philharmonia Northwest); Prince Ivanov, Fedora (Puget Sound Concert Opera); Lensky, Eugene Onegin (Tacoma Opera); Hagenbach, La Wally (Puget Sound Concert Opera); Macheath, Threepenny Opera (Tacoma Opera), Riccardo Percy, Anna Bolena (Puget Sound Concert Opera); Tybalt, Roméo et Juliette (Tacoma Opera).
Upcoming: Regular member of the Seattle Opera Chorus; Section Leader with Bellevue Presbyterian Church.

Last Updated: June 2019

Tim Janecke

Jumper

Seattle Opera Debut

Damien Geter

Colonel

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Colonel, The Falling & The Rising

Hometown: Portland, OR
Seattle Opera Debut: Undertaker, Porgy and Bess (’18)
Recently: Bass soloist, “Mozart Mass in C” (Lewis and Clark College); Bass soloist, “Beethoven Symphony No. 9” (Bremerton Symphony Orchestra); Bass Soloist, Bach Cantata No. 31 “Der Himmel Lacht! Der Erde Jubilieret!” (Orchestra Seattle); King, The Little Prince, (Opera Theater Oregon)
Upcoming: Undertaker, Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera)

Last updated: June 2019

Damien Geter

Colonel

Jorell Williams

Homecoming Soldier

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Homecoming Soldier, The Falling & The Rising, and Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

Hometown: Brentwood, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Hannah Before, As One (’16)
Recently: Hannah before; As One (American Opera Projects, New York City Opera); Soloist, New Voices (Brooklyn Art Song Society); Baritone, select world premiere songs (New York Festival of Song).
Upcoming: Schaunard, La bohème (Finger Lakes Opera); Soloist, Abyssinian Mass (Jazz at Lincoln Center); Baritone, Independence Eve (Opera Birmingham).

Last Updated: June 2019

Jorell Williams

Homecoming Soldier

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The Falling and the Rising is a new American opera conceived by the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus.
Commissioned by: The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Memphis and Texas Christian University.
Developed at the American Center for New Works Development at Seagle Music Colony.