Opera

Philip Glass's The Perfect American

Phelim McDermott (stage director), Dennis Russell Davies (conductor) – With Christopher Purves (Walt Disney), David Pittsinger (Roy Disney)...

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Cast

Dennis Russell Davies — Music director
Phelim Mc Dermott — Stage director
Dan Potra — Set designer, costume designer
Jon Clark — Lighting
Ben Wright — Choreographer
Leo Warner (59 Productions) — Video
Andrés Máspero — Chorus master
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 Licoln / Employee of the mortuary
John Easterlin — Andy Warhol

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In 2013 at Madrid’s Teatro Real, Philip Glass presented the world premiere of his most recent creation, the opera The Perfect American (with a libretto by Rudy Wurlitzer based on Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel of the same name). A fictionalized account of the last months in the life of Walt Disney, the opera explores the state of mind of this extremely influential 20th century cultural icon. His biggest concerns at that pivotal moment? A despondent Walt Disney laments the fact that the science of cryogenics will not enable him to live forever as he had hoped...

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Directed by:
János Darvas
Production date: 2013
Production: © EuroArts, Idéale Audience, Teatro Real, WDR, NHK, TVE
Available subtitle(s): EN