29. September 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, News, Opera

I just read that Philip Glass is composing an opera on Walt Disney. Really. It’s based on the recent novel Der König von Amerika, a novel I’d not heard of before. You?

When I read that he was doing this opera I thought, “But this is about Disney and that must be about “the happiest place on earth, and I don’t quite think of Glass as “happy tunes man”.” But then I read this:

The story of the last days of Walt Disney, American Icon and creator of perhaps the most pervasive fantasy world on our planet, is surprisingly gripping and at times disturbing. But, on the face of it, how could it be anything else? The pulse of his life has to be the pulse of our own American culture. And, like other aspects of life here, it is unimaginable, alarming, and truly frightening. I am looking forward to beginning these collaborations with Gerard Mortier at the New York City Opera,” stated Philip Glass.

Well, there you go. Gripping and disturbing. Those I can hear ….

I just wonder if we’ll see Dumbo or Bambi or anything like that.

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