Chicago, IL (The Perfect American)
April 22, 30, 2017
A fictionalized account of Walt Disney’s final days through the surrealist lens of Philip Glass. Disney is haunted by his own mortality, boundless ambitionn, and visionary empire. There is more to this icon that simply making dreams come true. With appearances by Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, and Disney’s family this whirlwind contemporary opera is rich with music and culture.
We are proud to present the Chicago premiere of The Perfect American.
American composer, Philip Glass, was born in Baltimore, Maryland where he began collecting records from his father’s record store including modern music and western classical music. At the young age 15, Glass was accepted into an accelerated college program at the University of Chicago studying Mathematics and Philsophy. Glass discovered surealism in Chicago and a few years later attended the Julliard School of Music where he studied keyboard and composition. Now a composer of operas and symphones he has collaborated with artists such as Twyla Tharp, Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen and David Bowie. Along with his popular operas Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha, Akhnaten, and The Voyage he has also composed for theater and motion pictures including The Hours, Kindun, and Koyaanisqatsi. Glass has described that his music has “immersed a listener in a sort of sonic weather that twists, turns, surrounds, develops”. Considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century Glass has composed over 25 operas, 8 symphonies and two piano concertos.