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The Perfect American

18 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 22 January 2013

Philip Glass's latest opera The Perfect American is based on the life and death of Walt Disney, but it’s not a pretty story. The minimalist composer explores the darker side of the man who
created Mickey, Minnie and Goofey.

The Perfect American, is being streamed live on February 6, 8.00 pm, on the Teatro Real website Palco Digital (see link below), available for Spain only and will broadcast on channels TVE (Spain), ARTE (France/Germany), WDR (Germany), France Television and NHK (Japan).

Scarlett Johansson has taken on the role of Maggie The Cat in a Broadway revival of Tenessee Williams's play Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Does she have what it takes to step into those big shoes?

Chinese conceptual artist Song Dong is re-writing history from his personal perspective. The project called 36 Calendars opened in Hong Kong on Monday and is giving members of the public a chance to create their own picture of a memory and become part of the work.

Image: Christopher Purves (Walt Disney)/Philip Glass (composer)/Dennis R. Davies (conductor). Photo by Javier del Real/Teatro Real.


3 items
  • Philip Glass

    The composer explores the dark side of the man who created Mickey Mouse, in a new opera.

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Scarlett Johanssen talks about her role in the latest theatre revival of this play.

  • Song Dong

    The Chinese artist re-writing the calendar.


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