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San Diego Opera

The Falling and the Rising: Canceled

By Zach Redler

May 12, 13 & 14, 2023

May 12, 13 & 14, 2023

Balboa Theatre
COVID safety protocols for the Opera's 2022-2023 season will be announced in fall 2022
Run Time
Children older than 6 years of age are welcome. All ages must have own ticket.
On Sale
Single Tickets on Sale September 7, 2022 @ 10:00A

This event has been canceled.

A message from San Diego Opera:

San Diego Opera is cancelling performances of The Falling and the Rising. Originally scheduled for 2020, and delayed because of COVID, The Falling and the Rising was co-commissioned by San Diego Opera and we created the production that has been seen at opera houses around the country. San Diego Opera was excited to share this new work with the community, but as we navigate the new post-COVID world, with the cost of producing opera skyrocketing and box-office revenue down from pre-pandemic levels, the fiscally responsible action is to cancel these performances. One of the core values San Diego Opera adopted after the Company’s near closure is: “Through fiscal responsibility and nimble adaptation to changing environments, we ensure the future of San Diego Opera for our community.” Cancelling these performances, although difficult, is the correct thing to do. Ticket holders to The Falling and the Rising are being contacted by San Diego Opera’s Patron Services Department with options of how they can apply their ticket credit.

The Falling and the Rising centers around an unnamed female Soldier who is severely wounded by a roadside IED. Placed in an induced coma to help minimize the extensive trauma to her brain, the soldier must now make a journey towards both healing and home. With a libretto taken from dozens of interviews with active-duty soldiers and veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, The Old Guard at Fort Myer, and Fort Meade, Maryland, The Falling and the Rising tells a story of family, service, and sacrifice inside a period of great uncertainty and features active military personnel in lead roles.

This opera is a co-commission between San Diego Opera, the US Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus, Seattle Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Memphis, TCU, and Seagle Music Colony.