Pink Floyd’s rock opera, as opera

(K. Brent Tomer),

ON A Tuesday afternoon last December, the Orchestre Métropolitain, a 48-person choir and the singers of L’Opéra de Montréal gathered in a rehearsal room for their first run-through of an ambitious new opera. Part-way through one number came an ominous rumble of timpani and a creeping darkness from the double basses as a baritone full-throatedly announced: “I have become…comfortably numb…”

One of the more remarkable new operas of recent times will open in Montreal on March 11th: “Another Brick in the Wall”, based on Pink Floyd’s double-album “The Wall”. According to Opéra de Montréal, tickets have sold in record numbers; it has particularly drawn people who have never been to an Opéra de Montréal production before.

But any Floyd fans hoping for a rock-classical treatment of the material—a violin version of David Gilmour’s journeying guitar solos, for example—is in for a bad trip. There are elements of the original embedded in the score, such as the forceful opening chords of “In the Flesh?” and the rising-falling riff of “Another Brick in the Wall”. Apart from that, those intimately familiar with the source material may…Continue reading

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