The story of Cyrano de Bergerac has inspired many interpretations in the theater and on film. Edmond Rostand's famous play provided the inspiration for composer David DiChiera's new opera, with a libretto in French by Bernard Uzan. Premiered in 2007, this very romantic opera has received standing ovations from audiences in Detroit and Philadelphia. Cyrano, a nobleman skilled in both sword and pen, has an unsightly large nose. Despite his desperate love for the beautiful Roxane, he agrees to help his younger rival, the handsome Christian, win her heart.