SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo-area Iraq veteran's memoir of his harrowing experiences as a bomb disposal expert is being turned into an opera by a New York City opera company and will be premiered at an upstate theater this summer.
Brian Castner's "The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows" was published in 2012 to strong reviews and comparisons to other highly regarded war memoirs.
The American Lyric Theater has developed Castner's book into an opera that will be performed in July by Opera Saratoga at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Springs.
"The Long Walk" is Castner's account of his two tours in Iraq serving with an Air Force explosive ordnance disposal unit that defused roadside bombs.
The Grand Island resident is giving a talk Thursday night at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga.