Opera in one prologue and two acts
World premiered on the 22nd of January 2013 at the Teatro Real Madrid.
Libretto by Rudy Wurlitzer based on Peter Stephan Jungk’s work
World Premiere, commission of the Teatro Real De Madrid and English National Opera of London.
Orchestra & Choir of the Teatro Real Madrid
Dennis Russell Davies conductor • Andrés Máspero chorus master
Phelim McDermott stage director
Christopher Purves Walt Disney • David Pittsinger Roy • Donald Kaasch Dantine • Janis Kelly Hazel George • Marie McLaughlin Lillian Disney • Sarah Tynan Sharon • Nazan Fikret Diane • Rosie Lomas Lucy/Josh • Zachary James Abraham Lincoln/A morgue employee • John Easterlin Andy Warhol • Juan Noval-Moro Chuck/A doctor • Beatriz de Gálvez A secretary • Noelia Buñuel Nurse
At the age of 75, one of the leading figures on the 20th century music, Philip Glass, is composing a new work for the Teatro Real. "When I started out, people thought I was going to laugh at him," so Glass recently "But I see Walt Disney as an icon of modernity, a man able to build bridges between highbrow culture and popular culture; just like Leonard Bernstein, who could jump from a Broadway musical to a Mahler cycle."
"The Perfect American", imagining the final months of the life of Walt Disney - the person who has, more than any other, influenced the current world of consumers and inspired the novel The Perfect American by Peter Stephan Jungk - has been world premiered at Madrid's Teatro Real on January 22, 2013. Children nowadays only see mice and ducks as Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, thanks to the image invented for them by Walt Disney factory. In opposition to the world of happiness he devised, the existence of this perfect American was marked by an unhappy youth and a personality whose “political correctness” outdid that of even Richard Nixon. At his dream factory, only men were hired to draw. Women were limited to colouring in the sketches.
From the hand of Dennis Russell Davies, who has conducted almost all the premieres of Glass’s operas, and the stage director Phelim McDermott, we will be penetrating into the nightmare of a happy world.
Length: approx. 125’
TV Director: János Darvas
Programme Number: 5957
A production of EuroArts Music & Idéale Audience in co-production with WDR/ARTE, NHK, TVE, France Télévisions, Museec
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