Fallujah, new City Opera production, explores Afghan war’s enduring impact

With Canadian troops now beginning the long withdrawal from Afghanistan, the lingering impacts of that war, in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are coming home with them.

Fallujah, a new production of City Opera Vancouver,  is the story of an American marine and an Iraqi boy whose lives intersect at the dreadful Battle of Fallujah in 2004. According to City Opera’s Nora Kelly, “it is a story of conscience and regret, of loss and longing, of surival and hope.”

Admission is free Friday at 4 p.m. at the Carnegie Centre at Hastings and Main for a piano vocal workshop of the entire opera. (This is thanks to a city grant.) A final onstage workshop is scheduled for Sunday, May 12 at Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC at 7 p.m. The music is by Canadian composer Tobin Stokes and the libretto by American-Iraqi playwright Heather Raffo.