by David T. Little
All performances at The Balboa Theatre
Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.
868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
From San Diego Opera website. where you find all necessary info about tickets and performance times. There is even a libretto for the opera —
“Gripping and realistic, Soldier Songs traces the shift in perception of war from the age of 6 to the age of 66. We follow the lead character through the phases of life from boy to man: playing war games and violent video games as a youth, enlisting and serving in the military, the real-life horrors of war and a father whose worst fears are realized with the news of the death of his son.
“Adapted from interviews with veterans of five wars, explore the ideas versus the realities of the Soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the “seemingly impossible” of expressing the truth of war. Soldier Songs contains strobe lights, strong language, simulated gunshots, explosions, and other combat-like sounds and visual effects.”
All Soldier Songs performances include the 55-minute opera, a brief intermission, and “Act II,” a 30- to 40-minute panel discussion including three veterans.