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How To Watch Philip Glass’s Walt Disney Opera “The Perfect American” Online

The new Philip Glass opera The Perfect American, based on Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel of the same name, debuted on January 22 the Teatro Real in Madrid. The opera, which was inspired by unflattering myths and half-truths about Walt Disney, has received mostly mild reviews in publications like the NY Times and Opera News, though the LA Times was enthusiastic. Spanish daily El Pais reports that crowds have been respectful if not ecstatic: “It won a long applause. It was not rapturous, far from it. But there was not a single boo.”

Don’t fret if you’re unable to make it to Madrid. You can see the opera from the comfort of your own home and make your own judgements about how successfully it portrays Disney’s life and worldview. The opera will be broadcast live on on February 6. It appears to be free, though the site requires registration. The opera will remain viewable for 90 days after its online debut.

  • Neat set designs. I don’t know about the rest of it, though.

  • sasha

    not sure how good this will be, but the sets look pretty intriguing.

  • jonhanson

    All moral issues regarding the plot aside I do like how delightfully absurd the visuals seem.

  • Shazbot

    Um, no thank you.

  • Brent

    Most of Philip Glass’s work falls into the realm of “very intriguing.” Not to attack or defend this work in particular, but he is one of the most brilliant practitioners of the symphonic and operatic forms of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

  • DarylT

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  • Joseph Hudak

    I had to check if cryogenically frozen rumor is there and sure enough, it is. Reminds me a bit from Laurel and Hardy (paraphrasing)

    Ollie: Is it true that he’s dead?

    Stan: Well I hope he is, they buried him.

    • Giovanni Jones

      Stan: Ya better come up, dead or alive!

      Ollie: Now, how can he be dead when he’s alive?

      Stan: Let’s drop a rock on him. Then he’ll be dead when he’s alive.

      Ollie: Now you’re making some sense.

  • Richard Steel

    Good ol’ Philip “One Note” Glass didn’t like Walt Disney? What a surprise.

  • Hugh Harman

    I certainly don’t expect to see one. Biographies and histories are always seen through the filter of the writer’s own world view.