fallujah: tobin stokes talks about his hopes for the opera

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“My hopes for this opera are that it does what it was intended to do, and that we honor the Annenberg Foundation and give them a tool to communicate PTSD with audience, and get people talking through art. You know? It's so great that you can share a musical and artistic experience with people, and how that can lead to an education and lead to so many other things, and lead to healing, you know? Just as one aspect. And I think this opera could have a really big effect … Hopefully this opera, even for a split second, somewhere in it, people feel troubled, or they feel scared, or they feel a little bit of imbalance, and what it must be like.”

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  • location: vancouver

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fallujah: tobin stokes talks about his hopes for the opera

Fallujah: The First Opera on the Iraq War USMC Sergeant (ret) Christian Ellis was a machine gunner in Iraq whose platoon was ambushed, leaving him with a broken back and only one of a few survivors. He returned home to join millions of Americans who struggle with piecing their lives together in the shadows of post-traumatic stress. After four suicide attempts and with the help of a philanthropist, an acclaimed New York librettist of Iraqi descent, an accomplished composer and City Opera Vancouver, Christian helped turn the demons of war into Fallujah: the first opera on the Iraq war.

“My hopes for this opera are that it does what it was intended to do, and that we honor the Annenberg Foundation and give them a tool to communicate PTSD with audience, and get people talking through art. You know? It's so great that you can share a musical and artistic experience with people, and how that can lead to an education and lead to so many other things, and lead to healing, you know? Just as one aspect. And I think this opera could have a really big effect … Hopefully this opera, even for a split second, somewhere in it, people feel troubled, or they feel scared, or they feel a little bit of imbalance, and what it must be like.”

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