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Walt Disney as subject for Philip Glass

September 30, 2008|From the Associated Press

Philip Glass has been commissioned by New York City Opera to compose an opera that imagines the final months in the life of Walt Disney.

The opera, "The Perfect American," is based on a recent novel by the American-born writer Peter Stephan Jungk in which a fictional Austrian cartoonist who worked for Disney in the 1940s and '50s recounts the story of the legendary founder of the Walt Disney Co.

It will open City Opera's 2012-13 season and honor the composer's 75th birthday, City Opera's incoming General Manager Gerard Mortier said Monday.

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