Glory Denied is a poignant saga of America during the Vietnam War, based on the true story of Colonel Jim Thompson, America’s longest-held prisoner of war. This profoundly moving story and soaring score by one of America’s leading classical voice composers tell Thompson’s story through younger and older versions of Thompson and his wife, Alyce, who traverse this complex emotional landscape through hope, despair, love, hate, courage, and forgiveness. Glory Denied will be sung in English with English supertitles.
Boston Conservatory is proud to present the East Coast premiere of this contemporary opera’s fully orchestrated version, and welcome composer Tom Cipullo to campus for the performances and to guest teach Boston Conservatory voice and opera students. Cipullo will also be holding a post-performance talkback with audience members after the Friday, December 6 performance.
AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This production is intended for mature audiences. It contains scenes with strong language and depictions of violence and mental illness, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
Music and libretto by Tom Cipullo
Based on the oral history Glory Denied by Tom Philpott
Conducted by Andrew Altenbach
Directed by Johnathon Pape
This performance has been selected as part of Boston Conservatory at Berklee's 2019–2020 Center Stage collection. Learn more about Center Stage and view all Center Stage performances.
The Story Behind the Story: An Inside Look at the Extraordinary True Events that Inspired 'Glory Denied'
December 5 through 8, Boston Conservatory will present the contemporary opera Glory Denied, a poignant saga of America during the Vietnam War, based on the true story of Colonel Jim Thompson, America’s longest-held prisoner of war. Director Johnathon Pape sheds light on Thompson's dramatic story and the turbulent moment in American history in which he lived.