Rick Rescorla, the hero immortalized in SF Opera’s world premiere Heart of a Soldier this September, was a real war veteran with only a few months left to live after a cancer diagnosis but who lived long enough to rescue 22 floors of Morgan Stanley employees from Twin Tower Two on 9/11 after Tower One got hit. Rescorla led 2700 employees down the tower stairs by singing through his bullhorn, God Bless America and Welsh mining songs. All but five got out and Rick Rescorla never emerged after going back inside for a final check, that’s when the building collapsed. This information comes from the posting on the Marines Memorial Theater website.
Veterans get free passes to final dress rehearsal September seventh
Veterans may attend the final dress rehearsal at the opera house for free, limit four passes. The final dress rehearsal is Wednesday evening, September seventh. This comes through the Marines Memorial Theater and registration is on this website: Heart of a Soldier Passes.
Francesca Zambello directs and I see her as an apocalyptic, gritty, family relationship-driven director of American or Americanized epics. She tackles the big picture with big casts and tells big stories. She directed SF Opera’s Ring Cycle this past summer which took in more than seven million dollars. Prior to that she directed the opera Porgy & Bess, a rough and sexy, gritty production. Francesca when dealing with talent doesn’t stand on pride, one insider from a past production told me she will indeed call you out in front of others.
For more information on Francesca’s Ring Cycle, click here.
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Opening night is September tenth and the opera will stage seven performances, through September 30.
The opera advises me no libretto is available yet but one may get the original book new or for next to nothing used on Amazon.com.
Baritone and SF Opera alum Thomas Hampson sings the role of the hero. Bill Burden, a tenor, plays Rescorla’s best friend Daniel Hill. Burden appeared at SF Opera years ago in the romantic farce L’Italiana d’Algeri with the Englishman Hopkin’s whimsical storybook-come-to-life set. Melody Moore plays Rescola’s wife and widow Susan. Heart of a Soldier includes contributions from Daniel and Susan.
Tickets cost $24 to $330. Standing room costs ten dollars cash.
Contains adult language and themes. Loud sound effects and extensive use of strobe lighting.
Sung in English with English supertitles
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes including one intermission