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Roger Waters: Ca Ira / Terfel, Huang, Groves, et al

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>Waters, Roger : Ca Ira (There Is Hope), opera

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>Waters, Roger : Ca Ira (There Is Hope), opera
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Personnel: Ismaël Lô, Ying Huang, Bryn Terfel (vocals).

Recording information: AIR Recording Studios, London, England; Angel Studios, Islington, London, England; EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Guillaume Tell Studios, Paris, France; Mega Studios, Paris, France; Sphere Studios, London, England; Whitfield Street Studios, London, England.

As the primary creative force in Pink Floyd after the departure of Syd Barrett in 1968, Rogers Waters helped turn that band into one of the most successful rock acts of the '70s with his dramatic sense of sonic and conceptual scale. After leaving Pink Floyd for a solo career in the '80s, Waters continued the epic themes he'd pioneered on albums like THE WALL, a trend that continued to 2005, when he released CA IRA, an opera set during the French Revolution.

Unlike THE WALL, CA IRA is not rock music. Instead, it draws inspiration from traditional opera; it is set to a full orchestra, and features impassioned performances from soprano Ying Huang, tenor Paul Groves, and baritone Bryn Terfel. Based on a libretto by Etienne and Nadine Roda-Gil about the brewing revolution against a tyrannical nobility, the work is ambitious and grandiose in true Waters fashion, and comes complete with a 60-page booklet and a DVD about the making of the opera.


Rolling Stone (No. 985, p.81) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...[I]t's hard not to be impressed somehow by Roger Waters' CA IRA..."


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>Waters, Roger : Ça Ira (There Is Hope), opera
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone); Jamie Bower (Voice); David Nowack (Sound Effects); Helen Russill (Voice); Paul Groves (Tenor); David Patterson (Sound Effects); Ismael Lo (Voice); Roger Waters; Ying Huang (Soprano); Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Rick Wentworth
  • Ensemble: The Orchestra
  • Running Time: 103 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005