Heart of a Soldier
Composer: Christopher Theofanidis
Librettist: Donna DiNovelli
Other Artistic Personnel: Patrick Summers (conductor)
Francesca Zambello (stage director)
Peter J. Davison (set designer)
Jess Goldstein (costume designer)
Mark McCullough (lighting designer)
S. Katy Tucker (projection designer)
Ian Robertson (chorus director)
Rick Sordelet (movement director)
Original Cast: Thomas Hampson (Rescorla)
Melody Moore (Susan)
William Burden (Dan Hill)
Premiere Date: September 11, 2011
Description: "A story of war, love, friendship and heroism, Heart of a Soldier reflects on the extraordinary true story of Rick Rescorla, a man trained to be a consummate warrior who gave up his own life saving thousands in the attacks on September 11, 2001. Inspired by the American soldiers he saw as a boy in Cornwall, England preparing to launch the Normandy invasion on what became D-Day, and his adult friendship with American fighting man Dan Hill, whom he meets in war-torn Rhodesia, Rescorla emigrates to the United States in the early 1960s to become a soldier and a “Yank,” ultimately becoming a decorated platoon leader during the Vietnam War.

On September 11, 2001, as head of security for Morgan Stanley at Two World Trade Center, Rescorla is thrown to the floor when United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the South Tower. Amidst the unimaginable chaos that ensues, Rescorla uses his commanding presence and booming voice to literally sing his colleagues down smoke-filled stairs and out of the building. While he successfully evacuates all of his company’s 2,700 employees from the South Tower before it collapses, Rescorla makes the ultimate sacrifice when he goes back into the building to search for stragglers. Heart of a Soldier is an opera about a hero who disdains that very term, and about his deep friendship with an American soldier, so unlike him in approach and yet so similar in dedication and bravery."
-San Francisco's Press Release
Comments: This opera commemorates the events of 9/11 and will premiere on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.
Length: 02:45
Total Acts: Not Available
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Composer Web Site: http://www.theofanidismusic.com/
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Schedule of Performances Listings
Heart of a Soldier (Theofanidis)
Saturday, September 10, 2011 - San Francisco Opera
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