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Publisher: Chester Music

The Perfect American (2011)
Commissioned by Teatro Real Madrid
Work Notes
Libretto (English) based on the book by Peter Stephen Jungk.
Publisher
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
2011
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Programme Note
Philip Glass The Perfect American (2011)
SYNOPSIS
An opera based on the novel, “The Perfect American” by Peter Jungk, a
fictionalized biography of Walt Disney during his final months, narrated by an
Austrian cartoonist who worked for Disney in the 1950s, we discover Disney’s
delusions of immortality and get a glimpse into his private life.

Performances
Date
Title
  • 01 JUN 2013
    London Coliseum, London
    English National Opera
    Gareth Jones, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6,8,13,17,20,27,25,28 June - London Coliseum, London
  • 22 JAN 2013
    The Perfect American World Premiere
    Teatro Real, Madrid
    Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid
    Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24,27,30 January; 1,3,4,6 February - Teatro Real, Madrid

Reviews
Glass's rendering of him [Disney] in Phelim McDermott's imaginative production at the Coliseum, where the role is taken superbly by the baritone Christopher Purves, never fails to captivate. Glass's pacing is secure, his vocal lines telling, his choral writing notably assured. Though minimalism isn't usualyy linked to inwardness, here it certainly adds depth to the characters and somehow upholds the moral endeavour.
Richard Hubert Smith, Sunday Times,6/9/2013
From the ticktock percussion through passages that evoke Sousa marches in the smalltown America that Disney idealised, to the deep, moody film noir orchestrations throbbing through much of the work this is a score deliberately at odds with the saccharine-perfect make-believe created by Disney himself.
Richard Morrison, The Times,6/3/2013
Glass's music is as finely crafted as ever.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian,6/3/2013
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 […] Glass' repetitive style is recognizable throughout, but with this opera he shows more harmonic richness than ever, which seems just right for every situation, mood or thought…this is a great American opera that needs to be seen in L.A.
Mark Swed, LA Times,1/24/2013
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