Vancouver Opera’s fourth annual Festival opens with the West Coast premiere of Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, based on the lyrics and music of Roger Waters’ The Wall. Roger Waters is the lyricist and principal composer of the band, Pink Floyd. The opera is a psychological drama inspired by his life, told through a gripping story, with eye-popping video projections. A thrilling score by Quebec composer Julien Bilodeau transforms the iconic album into an operatic drama—perfect for operagoers and rock fans alike. Magnificent projection design by Johnny Ranger complements the action. The result is exquisite and hypnotic.
The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including 1 intermission.
Sung in English with English SURTITLES™
Based on the lyrics & music of Roger Waters' The Wall
Operatic version composed by Julien Bilodeau
Concept & Stage Direction by Dominic Champagne
Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera is based on lyrics and music by British rock musician Roger Waters (b. 1943). Waters is Pink Floyd's grand conceptualist, the driving force behind such seminal albums as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera is composed by Quebec's Julien Bilodeau (b. 1974), one of the most prominent composers of his generation.
Troubled by the fanaticism of the frenzied crowd at his concert, rock star Pink invites a fan to climb onto the stage and then spits in his face.
Devastated by his own actions, Pink collapses onto the stage. He is transported to a clinic where he begins the journey of witnessing the grand spectacle of his life. He relives his birth and pivotal moments in his childhood, as his father joins the war, leaving his wife and infant son behind, only to die at the front. He grows up with his overprotective mother and is mistreated at school by a tyrannical teacher who is in the service of a world that monitors its citizens and tries to control their thoughts. An initial revolt is quickly snuffed out.
At the end of his teen years, Pink marries a beautiful, free, and provocative woman, and is finally released from his mother's grip. Now a rich and famous rock star, Pink is inspired by his wife to isolate himself and compose a work that lashes out at the power of money. His wife takes to the streets to protest the financial world. Soon, a wedge is driven between Pink and his wife. While on tour, Pink gets high with the groupies who hang around him and obsesses over his wife's passionate antics with her lover. The rock star goes through moments of inner rage and depression, and is witness to the loss of his loves, rejecting all those with whom he could have some form of relationship. All his wounds and traumas have formed like bricks around him to create the wall that now isolates him from humanity. Pink is alone and bids the world goodbye.
MUSIC YOU NEED TO HEAR
Based on the music of Roger Waters. Composed by Julien Bilodeau.
Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera had its world premiere in Montreal, Quebec in 2017. It was created to mark the 375th anniversary of Montreal, as it was after a concert at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in 1977 that Roger Waters got the idea for The Wall.
Pictured: Nathan Keoughan as Pink at the world premiere of Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera in Montreal in 2017.