Opera based on Pink Floyd album makes US debut


CINCINNATI (AP) — An opera based on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” album has made its U.S. debut in Cincinnati.

“Another Brick in the Wall” opened Friday at Music Hall. The opera premiered in Montreal last year. Pierre Dufour’s production follows a rock singer named Pink who relives pivotal moments in his life during a stay at a mental health clinic.

The opera includes all of the albums lyrics along with some melodic themes. Dufour believes the progressive rock album’s story of love and loss makes it a great opera.

“In Montreal, people were coming and telling us how in the presentation as an opera they have rediscovered the poetry and the strength of the libretto by Roger Waters,” Dufour said. “You know, it’s a huge human story,” he added.

“Another Brick” star Nathan Keoughan had the task of diving into Pink’s “tortured” life.

“With this opera, you really get to go into the darkness and the various colors of the person. It’s both rewarding and exhausting,” Keoughan said.

Most of the audiences in Montreal were made up of nontraditional patrons who weren’t in the opera’s database, according to Dufour. Keoughan believes many rock fans were attracted to the opera because of its creativity.

The opera will run through July 31. More information is available at the Cincinnati Opera website.

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