Pittsburgh Opera presents Glory Denied – The true story of America’s longest-held POW
Based on a book by Tom Philpott, Glory Denied tells the true story of US Army Colonel Jim Thompson, who was held captive as a prisoner of war longer than any other American in history. The opera deals not only with Thompson’s suffering in the jungle of southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, but also with the tragic aftermath that followed his liberation.
Colonel Thompson endured his brutal captivity by doggedly clinging to memories of his loving wife Alyce and their children. Alyce, however, believed Jim was dead. She and her children moved to Massachusetts with another man, leading to a painful reunion after Jim’s release.
Glory Denied is, above all, the story of an American family during one our nation’s most turbulent eras. In its review of Mr. Philpott’s book, The New York Times declared:
Indeed it is not too much to say that Glory Denied and Colonel Thompson’s mixed feelings about it encapsulate something of the moral essence of the Vietnam War and the imperishable bitterness of its legacy.
Performed in the intimate environs of Pittsburgh Opera’s George R. White opera studio at its headquarters at 2425 Liberty Ave., Glory Denied is a gripping drama never before seen in Pittsburgh. Four performances only – February 23 and 26, and March 1 and 3, 2019.
Where: Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue in the Strip District
- Sat., Feb 23, 2019 * 8:00 PM
- Tues., Feb 26, 2019 * 7:00 PM
- Fri., March 1, 2019 * 7:30 PM
- Sun., March 3, 2019 * 2:00 PM
1 hour, 18 minutes, with no intermission
Sung in English with English texts projected above the stage
There are only four singers in Glory Denied – “Younger Thompson” and “Younger Alyce”, and “Older Thompson” and “Older Alyce”.
Like that of Tom Hanks’s character in the movie Castaway, Colonel Thompson’s return home was bittersweet.
These will be the first performances of Glory Denied ever in Pittsburgh.
Please contact Chris Cox for reservations
- Photo Call (Feb. 11, 12:30 PM) – location TBA
- Full Dress Rehearsal (Feb. 21, 7:00 PM), Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
- PNC is the 2018-19 Pittsburgh Opera Season Sponsor
- WQED-FM is Pittsburgh Opera’s Media Sponsor
- Tuesday sponsor: Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center