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Soldier Songs

October 13 2018 – October 13, 2008

Company premiere: an LA Opera Off Grand production

"Soldier Songs" asks tough questions and tells tough stories.

"An extraordinarily powerful production...With Moore as our increasingly tortured and isolated guide, we could always feel where we were in his journey from innocence to the consequences of real-world horror."

Rick SchultzLos Angeles Times

Soldier Songs combines 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 multi-media 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.

The libretto, created by composer David T. Little, was adapted from recorded interviews with veterans of five wars. It is a chilling and realistic view of our media-crazed, war machine culture, and of the nature of power in war.

Artist Bios

Composer / Librettist
David T. Little
Film by
Bill Morrison
The Soldier
David Adam Moore
Creative Producer
Beth Morrison
Alan Pierson
Ashley Tata
Garth MacAleavey

Behind the Curtain: David T. Little on "Soldier So

Behind the Curtain: Retired Major Nick Seidel with Brian Lauritzen

Production made possible by generous support from Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. LA Opera Off Grand made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support from a consortium of generous donors to LA Opera's Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders.

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