© Javier del Real/Teatro Real 2013
I was excited to read today in Opera News online that Philip Glass' new opera is hitting the stage in Spain with success. The Perfect American, about the life of American super-icon Walt Disney, premiered at the Teatro Real in Madrid in January. With a libretto by the playwrite Rudy Wurlitzer, it is based on Peter Stephan Jungk's novel, Der Konig von Ameirca (literally translated as, The King from America). I've become quite a Glass fan in the last few years, and I regret to have missed the Met's production of Satyagraha in 2010. I hope this makes it to New York City in the near future What is interesting is that the project was originally commissioned for New York City Opera in 2008, before Gerard Mortier left. The review, by Roberto Herrscher, is mostly positive, citing :
"Among The Perfect American's many virtues are a masterful use of orchestration, innovative percussion writing and some passages of Romantic string playing,a welcome change from the propulsive clusters of notes that are often regarded as a Glass trademark."
I've been playing Glass' studio album, Glassworks in my yoga classes recently. The "Opening to Glassworks" is a perfect savasana song. The repeated melodic and rhythmic patterns seem to safely lull you to relaxation. If you are in the market for a good recording, check out Signal's recording, led by Eastman's very own Brad Lubman, live at (le) Poisson Rouge.
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