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Roger Waters Opera live premiere in Rome


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from various sources:

Roger Waters’ traditional opera will get its live premiere in at the Santa Cecilia Auditorium in Rome on November 17, with Waters conducting the Rome Symphony.

Ca Ira is set during early years of the French Revolution; characters include Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, and Marie Marianne— "the Voice of Liberty, Reason, and the Republic." It uses a circus as "a central theatrical framing device and metaphor," according to a statement.

The libretto was first written, in French, by songwriter Etienne Roda-Gil and his wife Nadine to mark the bicentennial of the revolution in 1989. Waters began work on a score at the time, but stopped when Nadine Roda-Gil died of leukemia. In 1997, he took up the project again and completed an English translation.

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