Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera Developed by the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater New Works Program Grounded is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera.

Unavailable for performance.

  • 3(III:pic).2+ca.2+bcl.2+cbn/
  • Male chorus
  • Treble, Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
  • 2 hr
  • George Brant
  • English

Programme Note

Cast List
   JESS: Mezzo-soprano – Ace F-16 Fighter pilot reassigned to drone operation
   ERIC: Tenor – Jess's husband, a rancher, passionate, midwestern, both feet on the ground
   COMMANDER: Bass – 50's/60's, experienced warrior, with the nobility of a veteran of past wars
   TRAINER: Tenor – 20's-30's, show off, true believer in the new technology
   SENSOR: Baritone – 19-year-old dude, video game master, chews gum, into cars
   SAM – Jess and Eric's 5-year-old daughter (amplified)
   ALSO JESS: Soprano – Jess's dissociated self in Act II when her mental state disintegrates

Chorus (TTBarB)
   Fighter Squadron, Bar Pilots, Trainees, Drone Squadron, Mall Squadron

Chorus Solo Roles
   Kill Chain (offstage)
      SAFETY OBSERVER: Baritone
   SOLO PILOT 1: Tenor
   SOLO PILOT 2: Tenor or Baritone
   SEAT WARMER: Baritone
   GROUND CREW: Spoken

Silent roles
   OBSERVERS – 2 male supers, 30's-40's; stoic watchers/note-takers in dress uniform – dressed differently from pilots

Jess is a hot shot F-16 fighter pilot, an elite warrior trained for the sky. When an unexpected pregnancy grounds her, she’s reassigned to the “chair force” to control drones in Afghanistan from the comfort of a trailer in Las Vegas. But war “with all the benefits of home” isn’t clear-cut. As Jess tracks terrorists by day and rocks her daughter to sleep by night, the boundary between her worlds becomes dangerously permeable.



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