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Walt Disney’s life story to become an opera


rtr1ssb5.jpgWalt Disney made his mark in animation, but now his life is to be told as an opera.

New York City Opera has commissioned composer Philip Glass, whose inspirations for more than 20 operas have ranged from a vision of Albert Einstein strolling on the beach to Gandhi preaching nonviolence, to compose an opera on the co-founder of The Walt Disney Company titled “The Perfect American.”

Based on the recent novel “Der Konig von Amerika” (translated into English as “The Perfect American”) by Peter Stephan Jungk, the opera is due to open the New York City Opera’s 2012-2013 season.

“The world premiere of this work, the 24th opera by Philip Glass, will honor the 75th birthday of the distinguished composer, whose association with City Opera dates back to the 1980s,” the New York City Opera said in a statement.