Commissioned by the ENO and Teatro Real Madrid

The Perfect American


The final years of Walt Disney’s life, set against the wonderful music of Philip Glass

Based on Peter Stephan Jungkʼs novel and written by Philip Glass, one of the worldʼs most influential composers, The Perfect American imagines the final years of Walt Disneyʼs life, including mythical imaginings of Abraham Lincoln and Andy Warhol.

This is Glass’s 24th opera, originally commissioned by ENO and Teatro Real Madrid to mark his 75th birthday.

The design is by leading international designer Dan Potra, whose work on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games ceremony was widely acclaimed.

The world premiere of the work took place at the Teatro Real, Madrid in January 2013. The first English production in June 2013 was by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum. This was followed by a third production with Opera Queensland (Australia) for the Brisbane Festival, commencing in 2014. The Madrid premiere was broadcast live on medici.tv.

Composed by Philip Glass
Conducted by Gareth Jones
Directed by Phelim McDermott
Designed by Dan Potra
Lighting Designed by Jon Clark
Lighting Design recreated by Adrian Plaut
Choreographed by Ben Wright
Video Designed by Leo Warner
Assistant to the Director and Choreographer Francis Christeller
Assistant Video Designer Jane Michelmore

Performed by Cheryl Barker, Kanen Breen, Francis Christeller, Sarah Crane, Donald Kaasch, Zachary James, Rosie Lomas, Mattias Lower, Marie McLaughlin, Douglas McNicol, Jade Moffat, Christopher Purves, Hayley Sugars

Improbable Skills Ensemble enlisted by Choreographer Ben Wright: Luke Brown, Francis Christeller, Dom Czapski, Marta Masiero, Hal Smith
Expressions Dance Company: Michelle Barnett, Daryl Brandwood, Benjamin
Chapman, Rebecca Hall, Elise May, Jack Ziesing,






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