The Perfect American
Following its world premiere in Madrid and acclaimed London season, the latest opera from iconic composer Philip Glass will make its Australian debut in Brisbane for Brisbane Festival. With ingenious animated projections and design, The Perfect American imagines the final months of Walt Disney's life, including mythical imaginings of Abraham Lincoln and Andy Warhol.
This visually spectacular production designed by Dan Potra and directed by esteemed international theatre director Phelim McDermott (Metropolitan Opera), includes a stunning international and Australian cast, led by conductor Gareth Jones (English National Opera). Featuring British baritone Christopher Purves as Walt Disney, Cheryl Barker as Hazel, Douglas McNicol as Roy Disney, Donald Kaasch as Dantine, Marie McLaughlin as Lillian Disney and Kanen Breen as Andy Warhol alongside the Opera Queensland Chorus and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
To conclude this magnificent collaboration, Ben Wright will choreograph dancers from Brisbane's Expressions Dance Company and Britain's Improbable Theatre. Don’t miss one of this year's most exciting music theatre events.
"…Promises to be the opera sensation of 2014" Matthew Westwood, The Weekend Australian.
Sung in English with projected subtitles
"Philip Glass's new work is a winner" The Times
"The Perfect American is short, sharp and showy and it's likely to ... bring in a new audience for opera" What's on Stage.com
Audio described performances are available on the following date -
Fri 19 Sep 2014
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The Perfect American An Opera by Philip Glass
Based on the Book by Peter Stephan Jungk
Libretto by Rudolph Wurlitzer
©2011 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.
Commissioned by Teatro Real, Madrid, and the English National Opera
In collaboration with Improbable
World Premiere January 22nd, 2013
Moving between Britain and Bangladesh, celebrated choreographer Akram Khan weaves threads of memory, experience and myth into a surreal world in this Brisbane Festival exclusive.
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Free pre-performance talks (duration approx. 20 minutes) for The Perfect American
commence 45 minutes before each performance and will take place in the
Grey Street end of the Balcony Foyer of the Concert Hall.