As we previous reported on March 5th 2016 (and first mentioned on our site at the end of 2015) Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera receives its world premiere at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada on March 11th 2017, with subsequent performances taking place through the month.
Due to the popularity of the show, some additional performances have now been announced, and tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com. For more information on Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera and other events, visit OperaDeMontreal.com.
The press conference for the series of performances was held at the Olympic Stadium, the scene of the infamous spitting incident which inspired The Wall. "It was unpleasant," said Waters. "I accept that. I was unpleasant. The audience was unpleasant. But it clearly had an effect on me and the story I tell is that it had some impact on me creating this piece of theatre, which is extremely valuable to me.
"I was pissed off or disaffected because of a large number of people who, with all due respect to the population of Montreal, were drunk and not really paying much attention to what was going on on stage and some kid was scrambling up the front [of the stage] and I think that I spat at him. I realised I was at the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing. And I needed to express that I didn’t feel human and we all want to feel human. My response to that was to write a show that involved building a huge wall between me and the people that I was trying to communicate with.
“At the end of the day, The Wall is about a journey from spitting in someone’s face towards a position where love becomes more important and our responsibility to those that share this planet with us becomes more important than our desire to engage in things that make us richer.”
At the press conference, Waters noted that “What I’ve heard so far is extremely impressive. Normally when people take rock music and produce symphonic versions of it, they stick slavishly to the melodies, and it’s awful. Julien Bilodeau has nodded gracefully at the work that I did musically all those years ago, but he has transported it into a completely different oeuvre. It’s developing a life of its own, which is in a classical tradition, but the libretto is mine. The words are mine. So the thoughts and ideas expressed in the text belong to me.”
As we note above, tickets for the performances, which take place on March 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 24th and 26th, 2017, can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or directly from the venue (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier).