By Francisco Salazar
Arizona Opera is set to open its 2022-23 season with a production of “The Falling and The Rising.”
The opera, which is set to be presented in Phoenix (Oct. 14-16) and Tucson (Oct. 22-23), tells the story of service and sacrifice, which traces the inner journey of a soldier who enters a coma after she suffers a roadside attack. As the soldier moves through her unconscious dreamscape, the audience will serve as both companions and witnesses, sharing powerful encounters with fellow service members along the way.
The opera is shedding light on the inspirational power of untold soldiers’ stories and aims to knit the civilian and veteran/military populations together through this story of family, service, sacrifice, and hope.
The opera will be staged by director Dennis Whitehead Darling and conducted by Michael Sakir. Tess Altiveros and Army Staff Sgt. Ben Hilget star in the work.