Roger Waters has announced he is revisiting the band’s classic 1979 concept album The Wall.
Waters, who was a founding member of Pink Floyd and its singer and bass player, is collaborating with Opéra de Montréal on an operatic twist of the album titled: Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera. The opera will star Etienne Dupuis as the main character Pink.
The Opera is set to premiere in Montreal next March to coincide with the Canadian city’s 375th anniversary.
For the production, Waters will serve as the lyricist (or in operatic terms, the librettist) with Julien Bilodeau composing the music. Orchestration will be handled by the Montreal-basedcand conducted by Alain Trudel.
CBC News reported that Waters took part in a press conference in Montreal on Thursday to announce the project. It was during the event that Waters admitted that when the concept was first presented to him he was somewhat dismissive of it.
Waters explained: “It had been my experience that experiments in collaboration between the worlds of rock and roll and the worlds of symphonic music were generally disastrous and should be embarked upon with extreme trepidation. But they were extremely persuasive…[They] played me some [examples] of what they had been working on and I confess, I sat there not expecting to be moved, and I was moved. Very moved. So I approach this project with great enthusiasm.”
He also explained that his inspiration for The Wall happened after he spat at a fan who rushed the stage at a 1977 Pink Floyd concert.
“The Wall is about the journey from the enmity of spitting in someone’s face to the position where love becomes more important than that enmity,” he explained.
The opera premieres on March 11th, 2017. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit OperadeMontreal.com.
Check out the preview of some of the music from Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera below: