“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,” writes Jessica Bliss in Monday’s (9/15) Tennessean (Nashville). “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,” led by guest conductor Rick Wentworth and narrated by 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.’ ”

Posted September 19, 2014