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Glory Denied: Opera Presents Heart-Wrenching Performance

TALLAHASSEE, FL – May 30, 2024 – The Florida State University College of Music is proud to announce its upcoming opera production, a deeply moving narrative that will be showcased at Opperman Music Hall on May 31 and June 1 at 7:30 PM. This highly anticipated performance highlights the exceptional dedication and talent of FSU’s students, faculty, and staff.

The opera, directed by Bernard McDonald with stage direction by Matthew Lata, tells the compelling story of Captain Thompson (Jim), America’s longest-held prisoner of war, and his harrowing nine-year captivity. Despite enduring torture and isolation, Jim returns home to find things have changed, leading to a heartbreaking struggle for reconciliation and acceptance of a changed reality.

FSU’s Opera Program has poured countless hours into rehearsals, ensuring a powerful and authentic performance. The dedication of the students, combined with the guidance of experienced faculty and staff, promises an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

Tickets for the performances on May 31 and June 1 are available now and can be purchased online at Do not miss this opportunity to witness a profound and moving production that celebrates the artistic excellence of Florida State University Opera.

Event Details:

  • What: Opera Performance of Glory Denied
  • When: May 31 and June 1, 2024, at 7:30 PM
  • Where: Opperman Music Hall, Florida State University College of Music
  • Tickets: Available at

Interview with the Directors: To learn more about the production and hear from Bernard McDonald and Matthew Lata, listen to their recent interview on WFSU’s Underscore podcast here.

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