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CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS & DONNA DI NOVELLI’S HEART OF A SOLDIER - September 30, 2011, 8 pm - San Francisco War Memorial Opera House


This opera was the world premier based on a book by James B. Stewart, music by Christopher Theofanidis and libretto by Donna Di Novelli and deals with the close relationship between Dan Hill and Rick Rescorla while in the Congo, Vietnam, and eventually, the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11.  The opera was in English which was actually a little disconcerting to see English subtitles for an English opera.  It was an excellent cast and although there’s not too much memorable in the music and words, it was a very powerful opera none-the-less, if for no other reason than the subject of the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  The ending was poignant and brought many in the house to tears.  Rick Rescorla died in the World Trade Center attacks because he went back into the South Tower to make sure all of his Morgan Stanley workers had been led to safety.  He was the security chief in charge of Morgan Stanley and he used the expertise of his budy Dan Hill to plan how to cope with a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  Both agreed the best plan was to drill, drill, drill for evacuation.  The play was a two act play with one intermission and I was fortunate to catch the last performance of the series at San Francisco War Memorial Opera House.  The image is from the San Francisco Opera web page at www.sfopera.com.


Additional cast include:

Mercenaries: David Gustafson, Christopher Jackson, William Pickersgill, Jere Torkelsen,

Juliet & Maria: Nadine Sierra

Pat: Sara Gartland

Bridesmaids: Susannah Biller, Maya Lahyani

Imam: Mohannad Mchallah

Ann: Sara Gartland

Lolita: Susannah Biller

Dexter: Daniel Snyder

Joan: Sally Mouzon

Tony & Mercenary: David Gustafson

Barbara: Carole Schaffer.

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