June 23, 2011
Soldier Songs
Composer:David T. Little
Librettist:David T. Little
Synopsis
Soldier Songs is an evening-length multimedia event combining elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, a100nd animation to explore the perceptions versus the realities of a soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war.  The libretto, created by the composer, was adapted from recorded interviews with veterans of five wars.  The work traces changing perceptions of war in our society and by those who experience it.  The nameless soldier depicted is followed through three phases of life: Youth (playing war games), Warrior (time served in the military), and Elder (aged, wise, reflective).  Each of the eleven songs explores a different aspect of a soldier's war experience ranging from rage, to fear, to joy, and to grief.  Multi-media elements are employed to glamorize and falsify the truth of a life as a combatant.


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Chicago Opera TheaterSoldier Songs5/14/2020 - 5/17/2020
Alamo City OperaSoldier Songs6/1/2019 - 6/2/2019
Beth Morrison ProjectsSoldier Songs4/5/2019 - 10/13/2018
Austin OperaSoldier Songs4/5/2019 - 4/6/2019
Los Angeles OperaSoldier Songs10/13/2018 - 10/13/2018
Fargo-Moorhead OperaSoldier Songs4/6/2018 - 4/8/2018
Beth Morrison ProjectsSoldier Songs4/6/2018 - 4/8/2018
Des Moines Metro OperaSoldier Songs1/27/2017 - 1/29/2017
San Diego Opera AssociationSoldier Songs11/11/2016 - 11/13/2016
Atlanta OperaSoldier Songs11/11/2015 - 11/15/2015


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2017

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
1:00

Number of Acts
3


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