David T. Little's Soldier Songs

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:30pm
Soldier Songs
David Adam Moore in Soldier Songs
David Adam Moore in Soldier Songs
David Adam Moore in Soldier Songs
David Adam Moore in Soldier Songs

Ticket Information

$75, $55, $35

6:30PM - Gates open

7:30PM - Join us for a preshow talk in the amphitheatre with composer David T. Little, filmmaker Bill Morrison and director Ashley Tata, moderated by producer Beth Morrison

8:30 PM - Show begins (60 minutes, no intermission)


Music and libretto by David T. Little | film by Bill Morrison
A Beth Morrison Projects’ Production | Presented with LA Opera Off Grand​


A groundbreaking multimedia piece from award-winning composer David T. Little and filmmaker Bill Morrison that combines elements of theatre, opera, rock, and film to contrast the perceptions and realities of war from the soldier's perspective. Little created the libretto using recorded interviews with veterans of five wars. The nameless soldier is followed through three phases of life: Youth (playing war games), Warrior (time served in the military) and Elder (aged, wise, reflective). Multimedia elements are employed as a critique of the media's ability to both glamorize and falsify the realities of combat.

David T. Little is “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene, a “young radical” (The New Yorker), with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times). A monodrama for baritone and chamber orchestra, Soldier Songs will star David Adam Moore, who created the role of the Soldier at the work's 2008 premiere at Le Poisson Rouge in New York and the first fully-staged presentation at the 2011 International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut.

Directed by Ashley Tata, this multimedia concert presentation is a Beth Morrison Projects' production and a co-presentation with LA Opera Off Grand. Beth Morrison is hailed as a “contemporary opera mastermind” (Los Angeles Times) and “the edge of innovation…its own genre” (Opera News). Soldier Songs will be conducted by Alan Pierson, leading members of the LA Opera Orchestra.

For synopsis, artist bios and more, please visit LAOpera.org. Go "behind the curtain" with David T. Little with this LA Opera podcast.

This event takes place in the Ford's outdoor amphitheatre. Approximately one hour; performed without intermission. Note, this presentation uses sudden loud noises, flashing lights, simulated combat, descriptions of violence and death, and language that may be offensive.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.



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