The Source tells Chelsea’s story in operatic form
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“The piece is about asking how we can process this massive amount of information … how we deal with war,” says composer Ted Hearne. It’s also asking audiences to consider what Manning, while in the U.S. Army, was feeling as she was reading the information and sharing it, all as she was confronting questions about her own identity, which eventually led her to come out as a transgender woman.
The Source was first performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 2014, and it will have its West Coast premiere and only its second production ever this week in Los Angeles, under the auspices of L.A. Opera and Beth Morrison Projects. It’s slated to be staged at the San Francisco Opera in February as well.