Roger Waters's 'Ca Ira' Opera Premier

Mr.Roger Waters delighted rock fans when 'Pink Floyd' played their first gig together for 24 years at 2005-07's 'Live8'. On 2005-11-17, Thursday he was hoping to win over classical fans with his first opera, 16 years in the making. The singer, bass player and songwriter on classic albums like 'Dark Side of the Moon' and 'The Wall', said he wanted his French Revolution opera 'Ca Ira' to have the same impact at its world premiere in Rome as his stadium-filling rock anthems.
'It's a different form but the intention is the same, still just trying to create an emotional response, communicate a feeling,' Mr.Waters said in an interview with 'Reuters' news agency at the end of the opera's dress rehearsal in Rome's 'Music Park'. 'I am writing for other voices that's why it's different. I can't sing this stuff.'
Mr.Waters has been working on the opera since 1989 -- the bicentenary of the French Revolution -- when friends Etienne and Nadine Roda-Gil, both now dead, asked him to set their libretto about the historic events to music. He met French songwriter Etienne in 1968 when student revolts shook Paris. The rock star, whose career began amid the psychedelia of the 1960s, plays down the era's myth, but says he still believes in revolutionary change for the better.
'I'm not sure that those days were particularly heady, but there was in the late 60s a notion that by making a lot of noise one could change things.'
The desire for change is still there, he says, although young people's idealism is these days in danger of being subverted by religious bigotry -- but despite the dark edge to much of his work, he is an optimist. MORE FLOYD? He seemed to have little but pessimism, however, towards the rest of 'Pink Floyd' over the last two decades, and at one point unsuccessfully sued the others to stop them using the band's name. They put their differences aside to play the 'Live8' concert organised to campaign against world poverty. Mr.Waters says he doubts the band will get back into the studio, but does not rule out future concerts if the others agreed.
'(A reunion) is very unlikely. 'But it always was very unlikely. 'That's not to say that I didn't enjoy "Live8", I did. 'I thought it was great and I'd always be up for doing something else.'
The foray into opera does not mean the young-looking 62-year-old is too old to rock. He is working on two new albums and plans to tour in 2007. But for the meantime he hopes to see 'Ca Ira' performed again after the two shows in Rome this week.
'We had a letter yesterday from "The Mayor of Paris" saying we've got to get this thing on in Paris,' he said.
Mr.Waters put on one of the world's biggest gigs in 1990, a version of 'The Wall' performed at Potsdamer Platz, after The Berlin Wall fell.
'I can't think of anything I'd like to do more,' he said, relishing the idea of a bigger stage for his classical work. 'Next summer, I can see it now, in the "Place de la Concorde", open air, you know, the same sort of thing, in French obviously.'
'Pink Floyd's Waters swaps rock for opera', Yahoo! Entertainment News, 2005-11-17


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes ! ! ! The Opera is awesome. Can't wait to see it played in Paris.

Thanks Roger !

11/29/2005 12:52:00 am  

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