Spring Opera: The Falling and the Rising
April 6 @ 7:00 pm
Composer: Zach Redler, Librettist: Jerre Dye
April 6, 7, 8 at 7:00 PM
April 7, 8 at 2:00
This new opera with have its World Premiere at TCU! It is a joint production of TCU and The Soldiers Chorus of the US Army Field Band. We are incredibly proud that this piece was co-commissioned by the School of Music at TCU and 4 other opera companies. Performances will alternate between members of the US Army Soldiers Chorus and students of the TCU Opera Studio. The opera is based on interviews with injured veterans and patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
The commissioning and performance of this opera is a huge step for the Opera Program at TCU. The opera world has been going through many changes in the past decade and one major change is that nearly every American opera company now sees as part of its mission the performance of new operas by American composers and librettists. Opera singers today must be proficient not only in works by classical composers, but be able to perform all sorts of musical styles encompassed in these new operas. It has been one of my goals to include as many modern works as possible in TCU opera performances in order to prepare our singers for today’s professional world.