Chamber Opera

The Long Walk

Photo Credit: Gary David Gold for Opera Saratoga

Jeanne Theatre at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

March 31 & April 1, 2017 (7:30 PM)

The real fight begins when a soldier comes home.

Opera becomes overwhelmingly personal in this contemporary story of an American soldier coping with a Blast Induced Traumatic Brain Injury after he returns home from duty in Iraq. Based on Brian Castner’s best-selling memoir, this opera offers a visceral look at the realities of modern warfare and the unseen battles that rage inside our hearts.

Sung in English with English supertitles.

Advisory: Contains adult language and intense subject matter and is recommended for mature audiences.

The Long Walk
Based on the book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows, by Brian Castner
Music by Jeremy Howard Beck
Libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann
Commissioned by American Lyric Theater,
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director
World Premiere
Opera Saratoga, July 10, 2015
Commission Underwriting and Developmental Support for
The Long Walk has been provided by
OPERA America/The Opera Fund, The MAP Fund, The New York State Council on the Arts,
and The ASCAP Foundation

CAST

Daniel Belcher, Brian
Megan Marino, Jessie
Martin Bakari, Ricky
Christian Sanders, Castleman
Matthew Scollin, Jeff
Donita Volkwijn, Perneatha/Iraqi Woman/Yogini
Abigail Rethwisch, The Shrink/Iraqi Woman/Aunt Sarah
Members of the Utah Symphony
Choristers of The Madeleine Choir School

Steven Osgood, conductor
David Schweizer, director

VETERANS

US Veterans are invited to attend the March 29th final dress rehearsal of this opera free of charge, as part of USUO’s Arts in Service to the Military Cultural Festival. Tickets are free but limited in number; they are available through VetTix.org.

Online Learning

The Long Walk marks Jeremy Howard Beck’s first foray into the opera genre. He created the score in partnership with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann under the auspices of American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program. Now in its 10th year, the CLDP provides mentorship and training...

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FESTIVAL

USUO's 2016-17 cultural festival shines a spotlight on veterans and active military, focusing on ways our arts community can appreciate and support them. As part of this festival, many local arts organizations will present events on military themes and will also provide access for active and separated military personnel to a variety of arts performances. We will also draw attention to veterans’ active art-making as a means of self-expression.

These events are centered around The Long Walk:

ONLINE LEARNING FOR THE LONG WALK
Online learning materials by Utah Opera Principal Coach/ Pianist Carol Anderson at utahopera.org/onlinelearning.

THE LONG WALK COMPOSER PRESENTATION
Tuesday, March 28, 10:45 a.m.–noon
Dumke Recital Hall, Gardner Hall, U of U
Jeremy Howard Beck will discuss the music of the opera with an opera literature seminar. Public is invited to join the class.

HIVEMIND BOOK DISCUSSION: THE LONG WALK
Tuesday, March 28, 7 pm
Art Access (230 S 500 W, #125)
Readers of Brian Castner’s memoir The Long Walk will discuss the book with its author. See Hivemind Book Club of SL on Facebook.

GUEST WRITERS SERIES: THE LONG WALK
Wednesday, March 29, 12–1 pm
Jewel Box, Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Bldg, U of U
Side–by–side readings of prose and lyricized text for the opera by writer Brian Castner and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. Co–sponsored with U of U Creative Writing & SLC Arts Council

US VETERANS INVITED TO OPERA DRESS REHEARSAL
Wednesday, March 29, 7 pm
Jeanné Wagner Theater (138 W 300 S)
Final dress rehearsal of the opera The Long Walk, for veterans only. Veterans can acquire tickets through vettix.org.

BOOK READING AND SIGNING
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm
Weller Book Works (607 Trolley Square)
Author Brian Castner will read from his memoir The Long Walk and sign copies.

See all the events in the festival

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