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The Falling and The Rising - Petite Opera

  • 306 South Prospect Avenue Park Ridge, IL, 60068 United States (map)

Petite Opera is Proud to Present its Nov 2019 production

A new American opera
Conceived: Sgt Ben Hilgert | Libretto: Jerre Dye | Composer: Zach Redler
Based on interviews with military veterans at Walter Reed Hospital.

Saturdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 at 7:30 PM
Sundays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 at 2:30 PM

The Falling and the Rising is an exciting new American opera that salutes the service and sacrifice of military service men and women. Created in hopes of capturing the indomitable spirit of our U.S. military veterans and to shed light on the inspirational power of their often overlooked stories, The Falling and the Rising is a story of family, service, and sacrificed inside a period of great uncertainty.

Soldier: Mary Govertsen, Carla Janzen (double-cast)
Toledo: Sarah Ponder
Jumper: Nathan Oakes
Colonel: Doug Balkin
Homecoming Soldier: Brandon Sokol
Chorus of active-duty and veteran military service men and women

"I've been a military veteran for over 60 years, and this is the first production that truly told the stories of what we went through." -- a veteran from the Battle of the Bulge, after seeing The Falling and the Rising.

$30 Adults | $27 Seniors | $15 Students | $5 Preschool


  1. Online. Order and Purchase your Tickets online via credit

  2. Reserve. Call or email to reserve your tickets. Pay at Box Office Will Call on performance date. 847-553.4442 or Provide name, show date, number and type of tickets, phone and email for confirmation. (No credit card numbers taken over the phone. Please bring your credit card to the Box Office.)

  3. Buy at the door. Prepaid online credit card purchases, and reservations accepted until 4 hours before show time. After that point, please bring cash, or credit card with you to the Box Office.

The Mary Wilson House-Beyer Auditorium
part of St. Mary's Episcopal church campus
306 S Prospect Ave (at Crescent Ave)
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Handicapped accessible

Sold-out performances will be indicated on the Ticket Hotline: 847-553-4442