The Falling and the Rising

By Zach Redler

Jerre Dye – Librettist

Balboa Theatre
868 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, May 12, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 1:00 pm

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The Falling and the Rising centers around an unnamed female Soldier who is severely wounded by a roadside IED. Placed in an induced coma to help minimize the extensive trauma to her brain, the soldier must now make a journey towards both healing and home. With a libretto taken from dozens of interviews with active-duty soldiers and veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, The Old Guard at Fort Myer, and Fort Meade, Maryland, The Falling and the Rising tells a story of family, service, and sacrifice inside a period of great uncertainty and features active military personnel in lead roles.

This opera is a co-commission between San Diego Opera, the US Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus, Seattle Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Memphis, TCU, and Seagle Music Colony.

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Meet The Cast

Teresa Alzadon
Soldier

Zach Redler
Composer

Bruce Stasyna
Conductor

Alan E. Hicks
Stage Director

Synopsis in English

The Falling and the Rising centers around a strong female hero known only as “Soldier”. After sending a video message home on the eve of her daughter’s thirteenth birthday, the Soldier is severely wounded by a roadside IED. Doctors quickly place her in an induced coma to help minimize the extensive trauma to her brain. The Soldier must now make an arduous journey towards both healing and home. In this quasi-dream state, The Soldier envisions another combat veteran during a 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, the Soldier finds the strength she needs to go on — to return to her fellow soldiers and to her young daughter.

This Soldier’s odyssey was created in hopes of capturing the indomitable spirit of our U.S. military veterans and to shed light on the inspirational power of their often-overlooked stories. The Falling and the Rising is a story of family, service, and sacrifice inside a period of great uncertainty.

 

Sinopsis en Español

La Caída y el Resurgimiento, se centra alrededor de una sólida heroína conocida como “Soldado”. Después de enviar un mensaje por video a casa la noche en que cumplía su hija trece años, la mujer Soldado es gravemente herida por un explosivo en la carretera. Los doctores inmediatamente tienen que inducirle un coma para poder ayudar a minimizar el extenso trauma en su cerbero. La mujer Soldado debe hacer ahora un penoso viaje hacia dos destinos; su recuperación y su casa. En este estado casi inconsciente, la mujer Soldado se imagina a otro veterano de guerra durante su cirugía del cerebro, pero en su estado comatoso ella no puede responder. Más tarde, imaginándose una conversación con un Comando de la Armada, le recuerda la fortaleza y la resistencia heredada en cada soldado. Entonces ella tiene una visión de un coronel lamentándose la pérdida de su esposa. Poco después ella se encuentra a un veterano quien le da fortaleza cuando muestra su propia recuperación a un grupo de familiares. Rodeada de su compañía cercana y lejana, la mujer Soldado encuentra la fortaleza que necesita para continuar – y regresar con sus compañeros soldados y con su joven hija.

La odisea de la mujer Soldado fue creada con la esperanza de capturar el indomable espíritu de nuestros veteranos de las fuerzas militares de los Estados Unidos y resaltar el edificante poder de sus ignoradas historias. La Caída y el Resurgimiento es una historia de familia, servicio, y sacrificio en una época de gran incertidumbre.

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