Roger Waters’ opera to make U.S. premiere in Nashville

09.15.14
Ca Ira
The Tennessean

By Jessica Bliss 

Roger Waters’ opera has rounded the world but never landed in the United States.

Next year, the wall will fall.

On Jan. 29-30, the Pink Floyd legend’s production “Ca Ira” will have its U.S. premiere in Nashville at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

A classical opera set during the French Revolution, “Ca Ira” (which loosely translates as “There Is Hope” in French) evokes the passion, faith and madness of the time. Sans the dreamy electric guitar solos reminiscent of Waters’ Pink Floyd yesteryear, the production does feature his spoken narration.

The piece is scored for full orchestra, four solo voices, chorus and a children’s chorus. The Nashville Symphony, Nashville Symphony Chorus and Blair Children’s Chorus will perform onstage with Waters.

“We are thrilled and honored to have a legendary talent like Roger Waters at the Schermerhorn to debut this phenomenal production for an American audience,” Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO, said in a news release. “We embrace any opportunity to expand our artistic mission with adventurous, ground-breaking projects, and ‘Ca Ira’ promises to be two nights of entertainment that Middle Tennesseans will never forget.”

The last time Middle Tennessee saw Waters was in 2012 when he performed Pink Floyd’s landmark 1979 album, “The Wall,” in its entirety at Bridgestone Arena. The Music City stop was part of Waters’ ongoing “The Wall Live” world tour.

Ticket presale for “Ca Ira” at the Schermerhorn starts at 10 a.m. today for Nashville Symphony donors and subscribers. The public sale begins at 10 a.m. Friday at NashvilleSymphony.org, via phone at 615-687-6400 or at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center box office, 1 Symphony Place in Nashville.