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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 9:30PM

 

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Sun 4:00PM

 

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Wed 9:30PM

 

22

Fri 9:30PM

 

24

Sun 4:00PM

 

Overview

A chamber opera
Music by Zach Redler

Libretto by Jerre Dye

Tracing the inner journey of a comatose soldier after she suffers a roadside attack, The Falling and the Rising is an operatic story of service and sacrifice. As the soldier moves through her unconscious dreamscape, the audience will serve as both companion and witness, sharing powerful encounters with fellow service members along the way.

Originally created from interviews with active-duty soldiers and veterans, the opera serves as an ode to American service members, shining a light on their often untold stories. Through a collaboration with Path with Art, the chorus of The Falling and the Rising is composed entirely of veterans from the Puget Sound region.

The intimate, fully-staged, 70-minute chamber opera is 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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Story

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. The Falling and the Rising is based on a series of interviews with wounded warriors, active duty service members, and veterans. Learn more >

Synopsis

A Soldier, posted in a conflict overseas, is wounded by improvised explosive device shortly after a video chat with her daughter. 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. The Soldier hears the Doctor diagnose her with a traumatic brain injury, but in her comatose state she cannot respond. 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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Community Partners

Seattle Opera is grateful to the many partner organizations involved in The Falling and the Rising:

Intrepid Spirit Center
Joint Base Lewis–McChord
MusicWorks4Veterans
The Office of Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
Path with Art
Puget Sound Music Therapy
The Red Badge Project
Monica McNeal

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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

Cast

Creative Team

Michael Sakir

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: The Falling and the Rising

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
 The Falling and the Rising (Opera Memphis); Die Fledermaus (Brevard Music Center); Cendrillon (Opera Company of Middlebury) 
Upcoming: Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi (Opera Memphis); The Marriage of Figaro (Intermountain Opera Bozeman); The Maid of Orleans (Opera Company of Middlebury)

Last Updated: September 2019

Michael Sakir

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Ned Canty

Stage Director

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: The Falling and the Rising

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Memphis), The Daughter of the Regiment, The Last Savage (Santa Fe Opera)
Upcoming: Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Così fan tutte (Opera Memphis)

Last Updated: September 2019

Ned Canty

Stage Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Sona Amroyan-Peric

Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: The Falling and the Rising

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Madame Butterfly, HMS Pinafore, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Memphis)
Upcoming: Così fan tutte, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi (Opera Memphis)

Last Updated: September 2019

Sona Amroyan-Peric

Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Jeremy Allen Fisher

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: The Falling and the Rising

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: The Falling and the RisingHMS PinaforeMadame Butterfly (Opera Memphis)
Upcoming: Suor Angelica & Gianni SchicchiCosì fan tutteMidtown Opera Festival (Opera Memphis)

Last Updated: September 2019

Jeremy Allen Fisher

Lighting Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Brandon Bell

Projection Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: The Falling and the Rising

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Screen & Projection Design, The Democratic Debate (ABC News); Projection Design, The Falling and the Rising (Opera Memphis); Screen Design, TED Talks Live (PBS)

Last Updated: September 2019

Brandon Bell

Projection Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Creative Team

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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.

Production Sponsors

The Boeing Company
DAV Charitable Service Trust