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Teatro Real: Philip Glass: The Perfect American

Christopher Purves Walt Disney | David Pittsinger Roy Disney | Donald Kaasch Dantine | Janis Kelly Hazel George | Marie McLaughlin Lilian Disney | Sarah Tynan Sharon | Rosie Lomas Lucy/Josh | Zachary James Abraham Lincoln/A morgue employee | .…
Andrés Máspero, chorus master; Phelim McDermott, stage director
Orchestra & Choir of the Teatro Real Madrid
Dennis Russell Davies

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. "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. Children nowadays only see mices 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. 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. World Premiere, commission of the Teatro Real De Madrid and English National Opera of London.


Philip Glass: The Perfect American. Opera in one prologue and two acts. Libretto by Rudy Wurlitzer based on Peter Stephan Jungk’s work


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111 mins
János Darvas
A co-production EuroArts Music, Idéale Audience, Teatro Real de Madrid, WDR, NHK & TVE
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