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Opera Film 'Soldier Songs' About War Trauma Heads to Grammys

This image released by Opera Philadelphia shows baritone Johnathan McCullough performing in "Soldier Songs," an hour-long opera about the horrors of war and the PTSD faced by many returning veterans. Since premiering in 2006, “Soldier Songs” has been performed in a variety of stagings with considerable success. But when the pandemic hit and live performance became impossible, Opera Philadelphia decided to turn it into a film for its streaming channel. (Opera Philadelphia via AP)
This image released by Opera Philadelphia shows baritone Johnathan McCullough performing in "Soldier Songs," an hour-long opera about the horrors of war and the PTSD faced by many returning veterans. Since premiering in 2006, “Soldier Songs” has been performed in a variety of stagings with considerable success. But when the pandemic hit and live performance became impossible, Opera Philadelphia decided to turn it into a film for its streaming channel. (Opera Philadelphia via AP)

New York (AP) -- A display case in his old high school gave David T. Little the inspiration for his first opera — a work that 18 years later has followed an unusual path to a nomination at this year’s Grammy awards.

“Soldier Songs,” an hour-long piece for baritone and orchestral septet, depicts with unrelenting intensity the horrors of war and the PTSD faced by many returning veterans.