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Heart of a Soldier preview from San Francisco Opera ***WORLD PREMIERE***
Seeded by thomashampson on 9 Sep 2011
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MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS • LIBRETTO BY DONNA Di NOVELLI • BASED ON THE BOOK BY JAMES B. STEWART AND THE LIFE STORIES OF SUSAN RESCORLA, RICK RESCORLA AND DANIEL J. HILL • COMMISSIONED BY SAN FRANCISCO OPERA WORLD PREMIERE What makes a hero? The question was never an academic one for Rick Rescorla, a British-born adventurer who fought in Vietnam before settling in New York as head of security for a brokerage firm based in the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001, his extraordinary courage and calmness in a crisis paid off: Rescorla led all of the 2,700 people under his care to safety—literally singing them down the stairs—before heading back into the burning building for one last check. He never emerged. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks, San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier, which tells the dramatic story of Rescorla's extraordinary life. The Company's latest commission features a dynamic and