The Perfect American
Christopher Purves (Baritone), Donald Kaasch (Tenor), David Pittsinger (Bass-Baritone), Janis Kelly (Soprano), Marie McLaughlin (Soprano), Nazan Fikret (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano)
The Improbable Skills Ensemble
Chorus of the Teatro Real – Madrid
Orchestra of Teatro Real
Phelim McDermott (Director)
The last days of the American icon Walt Disney form a powerful and poignant subject for Philip Glass’s latest opera, which was filmed at its first performances in Madrid in January 2013. Phelim McDermott’s spectacular production is worthy of Disney’s own visual imagination and its definitive influence on American culture, while in the pit is the conductor Dennis Russell Davies, an experienced and authoritative champion of the composer’s hypnotically beautiful music, which gives wings to Rudy Wurlitzer’s operatic transformation of Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel, using both fact and fiction to peer into Disney’s troubled psyche as illness forces him to confront his mortality.