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The Royal Opera House

Glass: The Perfect American DVD (Teatro Real Madrid)

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.

Composer:Philip Glass
Walt Disney:
Christopher Purves
Roy Disney: David Pittsinger
Dantine: Donald Kaasch 
Hazel George: Janis Kelly 
Lillian Disney: Marie McLaughlin 
Sharon: Sarah Tynan  

Chorus & Orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies 
Director: Phelim McDermott
Set & Costumes: Dan Potra
Lighting: Jon Clark
Choreography: Ben Wright 

Plus: Cast Gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 LPCM Stereo/ DTS Surround
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/JA/KO
Region code: 0
Format: NTSC 
Running Time: 120 mins
Year: 2013