When Walt Met Peter Met Abe Met Andy Met Philip: "The Perfect American"
February 6, 2013 8:08 AM Subscribe
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"Disney goes to Anaheim late at night to help repair the animatronic Disneyland Lincoln, which has been malfunctioning and attacking members of the audience. Disney gets in an argument with the robot about blacks, and Lincoln goes crazy again and whacks Walt...." (source
). Starting today at 2 PM Eastern time (just under 3 hours from now) and for the next 90 days, medici.tv will stream, free of charge,
Teatro Real's January 22 premiere performance of the new Philip Glass opera The Perfect American
. It's based on the novel
of the same name by Peter Stephan Jungk, which the NY Times called "a surreal, meditative, episodic account of the last days of Walt Disney." Four minute preview video. ENO rehearsal trailer
. (Happy belated 76th, Mr. Glass.)The LA Times:
"Glass delves deep into the psyche of a visionary at the end of his life, of an artist who devoted his life to a vision of a world without death, now grappling with mortality. By most counts this is Glass' 24th opera, and it is his most personally intimate. It does what opera does best by making the larger-than-life creator of Mickey Mouse an imperfect life-size, ultimately earning our wonderment."
Opera News on the premiere.
NY Times gives a more mixed review: loves the music, has some words for the libretto.
Interview with Glass, including opera excerpts, from BBC's The Strand.
(Audio plays in Canada, hopefully for the rest of you, too.).
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