Pink Floyd-inspired opera to premiere in US next year

NEW YORK • The Cincinnati Opera has announced the United States premiere of Another Brick In The Wall: The Opera, capping its 98th season and its first after a US$135- million (S$190-million) restoration of the Cincinnati Music Hall.

Opening in July next year, Another Brick In The Wall features original words and music by Roger Waters of psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, whose 1979 album, The Wall, inspired the opera.

The production made its world premiere at Opera de Montreal in Quebec last Saturday, with Waters in attendance.

The opera was composed by Julien Bilodeau and it will be directed by Dominic Champagne. It features eight soloists and 48 chorus members, in addition to the 70-piece Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Baritone Etienne Dupuis plays the lead, as a fallen rock star named Pink, and the orchestra is conducted by Alain Trudel.

"There is no question about the melodies," Evans Mirageas, the Cincinnati Opera's artistic director, said of The Wall. "The discovery is how those melodies have been transformed into genuine 'opera speak.'

"I am excited that we are contributing to the birth of this new work and that we will present the US premiere in Cincinnati."

Waters conceived The Wall as an album, a show and a film, and it achieved huge success. In 1985, he left Pink Floyd to pursue a solo career.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2017, with the headline 'Pink Floyd-inspired opera to premiere in US next year'. Print Edition | Subscribe