Saturday, February 2, 2013

Philip Glass World Premiere – Webcast from Spain (Feb. 6)

Philip Glass – one of the most sought-after American contemporary composers – presents his latest opera, The Perfect American, telling the story of a 20th-century character of huge cultural influence, Walt Disney. A world premiere at the Teatro Real de Madrid.

 –  From Le Blog at Medici TV

I am tempted to remark on the irony of an American composer having to go to Europe (it's a co-production with the English National Opera) to premiere an American opera about an American icon that's called The Perfect American. But I think for now I'll just look forward to seeing/hearing the new work. I assume there will be Spanish subtitles for the broadcast.  Medici usually archives and shares their videos for a few weeks before moving them into their subscription-only catalog. 

Rehearsals at ENO (it's a co-production)

The performance will be broadcast live on February 6 by, at 2:00 PM New York time. Dennis Russel Davies will conduct, with Christopher Purves as Walt Disney, and Marie McLaughlin as his wife Lillian. There's more information about the opera at Medici and at Teatro Real.

Philip Glass chats (in English) about the opera.

Another excerpt from Glass' The Perfect American.


  1. This seems to be the week for live broadcasts! We get DR singing Strauss on Monday, and then Philip Glass on Wednesday (and, fortunately, all my meetings this week are either at noon, or at four, so barring students nothing will interfere with catching either broadcast . . .)

    1. Where's DR singing Strauss?


      Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
      direttore, Antonio Pappano
      soprano, Dorothea Röschmann

      Richard Strauss
      Vier letzte lieder (ultimi quattro lieder)


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