Genre:

Opera

Release Date:

Sep 2013

Subtitles:

EN/FR/DE/ES/JP/KR

Catalog Number:

OA1117D

Glass: THE PERFECT AMERICAN (Teatro Real)

The last days of the American icon Walt Disney form a powerful and poignant subject for Philip Glass's latest opera, which was filmed at its first performances in Madrid in January 2013. Phelim McDermott's spectacular production is worthy of Disney's own visual imagination and its definitive influence on American culture, while in the pit is the conductor Dennis Russell Davies, an experienced and authoritative champion of the composer's hypnotically beautiful music, which gives wings to Rudy Wurlitzer's operatic transformation of Peter Stephan Jungk's novel, using both fact and fiction to peer into Disney's troubled psyche as illness forces him to confront his mortality.

Walt Disney: Christopher Purves
Roy: David Pittsinger
Dantine: Donald Kaasch
Hazel George: Janis Kelly
Lillian Disney: Marie McLaughlin
Sharon: Sarah Tynan
Diane: Nazan FikretLucy 
Josh: Rosie Lomas

The Improbable Skills Ensemble
Orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Real
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
Director: Phelim McDermott

Recorded live at the Teatro Real, February 2013

Reviews

"The New York Times Related product:" (…one of the crowning events of the past year’s globe-trotting celebration of Mr. Glass’s 75th birthday.)