James B. Stewart '73 Discusses Upcoming Opera with NY Press

James B. Stewart '73 Discusses Upcoming Opera with NY Press

February 8, 2011

6758February 8, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — "'I’d heard that most of the people working for Morgan Stanley at the World Trade Center had survived, and that there was this one man who had led people out,' James B. Stewart said at a press briefing for Heart of a Soldier, an opera that has its world premiere on Sept. 10, 2011, at the San Francisco Opera," reports Bloomberg News. "The Pulitzer Prize winner, who wrote Den of Thieves about the downfall of Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken, joined the opera's creative team yesterday at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park in New York," writes Amanda Gordon.

The piece adds, "Thomas Hampson is cast as Rick Rescorla, the head of security at the investment bank, who died as he evacuated employees on the morning of Sept. 11. The story focuses on his friendship with Daniel J. Hill, whom he met in Rhodesia and fought with in Vietnam, and on his marriage to Susan, for whom he loved to write poetry."

The opera is based on Stewart's best-selling 2002 book, Heart of a Soldier: A Story of Love, Heroism, and September 11th.89488

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A member of DePauw's Board of Trustees and former chair of the group, James B. Stewart received a Pulitzer Prize for Wall Street Journal articles on the 1987 stock market crash and the insider-trading scandal. His other books include DisneyWar: The Battle for the Magic Kingdom and Blind Eye. In 2006, he won the Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism.

Learn more about Heart of a Soldier in this recent story.