Heart of a Soldier Events

San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Heart of a Soldier opens September 10, 2011. We invite you to attend special events hosted by our community partners—from lectures, discussions, performances and activities leading up to the opera’s premiere and beyond.


San Francisco Opera Guild’s East Bay Chapter presents:
A Discussion with Christopher Theofanidis & Donna Di Novelli

Sunday, August 21, 5pm

Composer Christopher Theofanidis and librettist Donna Di Novelli, joined by General Director David Gockley and Director of Music Administration Dr. Kip Cranna, will share insights and experiences on their collaboration and creation of Heart of a Soldier. Soprano Melody Moore, who will portray Rick Rescorla's widow Susan, and former Adler Fellow baritone Austin Kness as Rick Rescorla, will sing excerpts from the opera. Event includes food and wine.

Veteran’s Memorial Building
3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Tickets: $45, non-members welcome

Reservations: Silvia Lin, (925) 838-9255 or LLLLL@juno.com
sfopera.com/guild


 
San Francisco Opera Guild’s Peninsula Chapter presents:
A Discussion with Christopher Theofanidis & Donna Di Novelli


Saturday, August 27, 4:30 pm

Composer Christopher Theofanidis and librettist Donna Di Novelli, joined by General Director David Gockley and Director of Music Administration Dr. Kip Cranna, will share insights and experiences on their collaboration and creation of Heart of a Soldier. This salute to the fall season includes a mini-concert by San Francisco Opera resident artists, among them Adler Fellow Ryan Belongie. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while exploring the exquisite grounds of historic Green Gables.

Green Gables Estate, Woodside

Cost: $50–$150, non-members welcome

Reservations: Andrea Smith, andreabsmith@sbcglobal.net or (650) 322-0607
Information: Judy Kahn, judith.kahn@comcast.net or (650) 948-8881
sfopera.com/guild


 


San Francisco Opera Guild presents:
Heart of a Soldier Insight Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 6, 6pm

Learn more about the opera at this informal panel discussion with members of the artistic and creative team of Heart of a Soldier, including Susan Rescorla, who will be doing a book-signing of her new book, Touched by a Hero.

FREE to Opera members; $5 to general public

Herbst Theatre,
Veterans Building

(415) 565-6433
sfopera.com/insights


 

 
San Francisco Opera Guild’s San Francisco, Marin, East Bay, Sonoma and South Peninsula Chapters and San Jose Opera Guild present: Heart of a Soldier Preview Lectures 

September 6–8


UCLA Musicology Professor Mitchell Morris will give in-depth previews at various Bay Area locations.

Peninsula Chapter: September 6
San Jose Opera Guild: September 6
East Bay Chapter: September 7
San Francisco Chapter: September 7
Marin Chapter: September 8
Sonoma Chapter: September 8


Locations, times and admission costs vary. Please visit sfopera.com/previews for details.


 

 
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco presents a Screening of Love Hate Love

Thursday, September 8, 7pm

Love Hate Love, a film that follows three survivors—whose lives have been shattered by terrorists—as they search for honor, meaning and a new life's path, will be screened. Following the screening is a panel discussion with members of the creative team.
 
Kanbar Hall, JCCSF

Tickets: $10
tickets.jccsf.org


 

  
Litquake Festival presents:
James Stewart in Conversation with Tom Barbash

Thursday, September 8, 6:30pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. Stewart, author of Heart of a Soldier, will be in conversation with Tom Barbash, author of On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal.  Discussion followed by book-signing.

Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library
Larkin and Grove Streets

FREE and open to the public.
litquake.org


San Francisco's Literary Festival
October 7–15
 

  
San Francisco Opera presents: Heart of a Soldier Pre-Opera Talks

September 10–30

Informative 25-minute talks, presented by Jonathan Khuner, prepare audiences for a deeper, richer opera experience. Pre-opera Talks begin 55 minutes before each Heart of a Soldier performance and takes place in the Opera House auditorium.

War Memorial Opera House,
San Francisco

FREE to opera ticket holders.
sfopera.com/operatalks


 

 
The Forum at Grace Cathedral presents Heart of a Soldier: How one man’s bravery on September 11 became an opera. 

Sunday, September 11, 9:30am

The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, Dean of Grace Cathedral, will moderate a lively discussion with Susan Rescorla and members of Heart of a Soldier creative team. Attend on site at Grace Cathedral, or tune in to the live audio webcast or archived recordings at gracecathedral.org/forum.

1100 California Street,
San Francisco

FREE and open to the public.
(415) 749-6300   gracecathedral.org


 

    
San Francisco Chronicle presents San Francisco Opera in the Park

Sunday, September 11, 2pm

Join in the City's civic observance commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11. This free, special concert will feature the Mozart Requiem and inspirational works by some of America's great composers, including Christopher Theofanidis, composer of Heart of a Soldier.

Sharon Meadow,
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco

FREE and open to the public.
sfopera.com/oitp

    

 
The Commonwealth Club presents
Heart of a Soldier: Honoring Strength through Song with James Stewart

Tuesday, September 13, 6pm
(5:30pm check-in)

We first heard the extraordinary story of Rick Rescorla, a military veteran who led hundreds to safety in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, in James Stewart’s 2002 book, Heart of a Soldier. Nine years later, Rescorla’s heroism lives on in San Francisco Opera’s commemorative production of the same name. Hear about the project’s motivations and challenges from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. Stewart, composer Christopher Theofanidis, General Director David Gockley and other members of the Heart of a Soldier creative team. These behind-the-scenes experts will discuss their collaboration and creation of this inspiring opera.

SF Club Office
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor

Cost: $20; $12 members; $7 students (with valid ID)

(415) 597-6705
commonwealthclub.org


  
Opera on the Couch: A Post-Performance Discussion of Heart of a Soldier

Sunday, September 18, 5pm

Join other inquiring minds for a lively post-performance discussion following the performance of Heart of a Soldier. Members of San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP) will discuss the opera's theme from a psychoanalytic perspective.
 
Books Inc., Opera Plaza,
San Francisco

FREE and open to the public.

Complimentary light refreshments will be offered.