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“Soldier Songs” at the Ford Theaters, Los Angeles

A scene from the show
(Photo credit: Ada Nieuwendijk, Courtesy: LA Opera)

“Soldier Songs” will be on stage at Ford Theaters, Los Angeles.


“Soldier Songs” — a groundbreaking multimedia piece — asks tough questions and tells tough stories through its poignant libretto, driving music, and surprising visual counterpoint. It is produced by Beth Morrison Projects’ and will be staged at the Ford Theatres.

“Soldier Songs” combine elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, and film footage by Bill Morrison in a monodrama for baritone (David Adam Moore) and chamber orchestra. The multimedia concert presentation explores 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,” says the LA Opera website.  

“The libretto, created by the composer, was adapted from recorded interviews with veterans of five wars. “Soldier Songs” traces the shift in perception of war from the age of six to 66. We follow the abstract character through the three phases of life: Youth (playing war games), Warrior (time served in the military) and Elder (aged, wise, reflective),” adds the website. While the New Yorker has reviewed it as “young radical” the New York Times calls it: “a knack for overturning musical conventions.”

It is a chilling and realistic view of our media-crazed, war machine culture, and of the nature of power in war. Each of the 11 songs explores a different aspect of the experience, ranging from rage, to fear, to joy, to grief. Multi-media is employed less as a collection of recorded evidence and more as a critique of the media’s ability to both glamorize and falsify the truth of combat.

“Soldier Songs” tells the unique stories through its poignant libretto, driving and devastating music, and surprising visual counterpoint. “The tension between the visual and aural experience of our production, works to dispel the numbness felt by those of us lucky enough to only experience war through the comfort of our living rooms,” adds the website.

The opera will be on stage on October 13, 2018 at Ford Theaters, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd E, Los Angeles.

For details, visit: https://www.laopera.org/season/1819-season-la-opera-season/soldier-songs/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the opera