If someone tells you they are going to watch an opera, you might think about Carmen, Die Fledermaus or La Boheme. What you probably did not think about was an opera documenting the Iraqi war.
This week, newly written opera Fallujah, has been playing out in Long Beach California. Based on true stories told by Christian Ellis, who experienced Iraq first hand and came back with PTSD, the Opera has been composed by Tobin Stokes who drew inspiration from Iraqi music and music that Christian Ellis had had on his iPod during his tour of Iraq.
The sound is unique, with electric guitars and the Iraqi oud. Whilst the run might be nearing the end, we thing this is just the start. Watch this space.