another brick in the wall
July 20, 21, 26, 28 & 31 | 7:30 p.m.
Original words and music by Roger Waters
Operatic version composed by Julien Bilodeau
Concept & stage direction by Dominic Champagne
A Productions Opéra Concept MP & Cincinnati Opera co-production
Sung in English with projected titles
Performance length: 2 hours, including one intermission
Rated R for adult themes including drug and alcohol use, sexual situations, and violence
The award-winning new opera
In the glare of the spotlight, Pink finds himself as he’s always been: alone. As the disillusioned rock star wrestles with memories of his troubled childhood and the pressures of fame, he cuts himself off from the world around him. When his very survival depends on it, Pink must confront his inner demons and tear down the wall.
After a wildly successful world premiere in Montreal, Cincinnati Opera presents the U.S. premiere of this “powerful” (Rolling Stone) new opera based on Pink Floyd’s legendary 1979 album The Wall. A gripping story, eye-popping video projections, and a thrilling score transform the iconic album into a psychological operatic drama, perfect for operagoers and rock fans alike. Featuring an international cast of soloists, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the renowned Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
"An entertaining and cathartic trip" Read the review.
The Hollywood Reporter
"Arresting visuals and superlative singers" Read the review.
Cincinnati Business Courier
"A never-ending visual spectacle of amazing projections and dramatic staging" Read the review.
"Plenty for fans of opera and Pink Floyd alike" Read the review.
"It’s risky and adventurous and well worth the ride." Read the review.
Seen and Heard International
"A huge undertaking... My ears picked up hints of Philip Glass minimalism, Kurt Weill cabaret gestures, and occasional Mahlerian outbursts." Read the review.
"Sprawling LED screens served as a canvas for video imagery, and the stage bustled with elaborate costumes and sets packed with supernumeraries... The Cincinnati Opera is to be lauded for its commitment to such an ambitious project." Read the review.
"Undeniably spectacular... The musical performance was outstanding." Read the review.
Cast & Creative Team
Pink Nathan Keoghan
The Mother France Bellemare
The Wife Caroline Bleau
Vera Lynn Reilly Nelson
The Father Jean-Michel Richer
The Teacher Brandon Scott Russell
The Prosecutor Michael Young
The Judge James Eder
Conductor Alain Trudel
Stage Director Suzanne Crocker
Scenic Designer Stéphane Roy
Costume Designer Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt
Lighting Designer Anne-Catherine Simard-Deraspe
Original Lighting Designer Étienne Boucher
Video Designer Johnny Ranger
Video Programmer Olivier Ouellet
Sound Designer & Numeric Orchestration Louis Dufort
Props Master Madeleine Saint-Jacques
Theatrical Advisor Normand Baillargeon
Wig & Make-up Designer James Geier
Chorus Master Henri Venanzi
Choreographer Oğulcan Borova
Join us for a pre-curtain lecture one hour before each performance in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all ticket holders. No reservations required.
In the News
8.1.2018 Seen and Heard International: Operatic Inspiration from—Yes—Pink Floyd
7.29.2018 Bachtrack: Pink Floyd as opera: Another Brick in the Wall receives US première at Cincinnati Opera
7.25.2018 Northern Kentucky Tribune: NKy performers living their dreams performing in Cincinnati Opera’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’
7.24.2018 Classic Rock A-Z: Another Brick in the Wall opera in Cincinnati through July 31
7.24.2018 The Hollywood Reporter: 'Another Brick in the Wall': Theater Review
7.23.2018 CityBeat: Cincinnati Opera's 'Another Brick in the Wall' is an entertaining, cathartic trip
7.23.2018 Dayton Daily News: There's still time to catch the U.S. premiere of Pink Floyd opera in Cincinnati
7.23.2018 Digital Music News: A Pink Floyd Opera Called 'Another Brick in the Wall' Just Opened in the U.S.
7.21.2018 Opera Lively: U.S. Premiere of Another Brick in the Wall at the Cincinnati Opera
7.21.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Another Brick in the Wall' opera ambitious, relevant, but lacks dramatic credibility
7.21.2018 ArtsWave Guide: Plenty for fans of Opera and Pink Floyd alike in “Another Brick in the Wall”
7.21.2018 Nines to 5: A Night at the Opera
7.21.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: REVIEW: U.S. Premiere of Pink Floyd opera a visual spectacle
7.20.2018 Broadway World: First Look at ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL at Cincinnati Opera (VIDEO)
7.20.2018 OperaWire: Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend -- North America
7.20.2018 Polly Magazine: Cincinnati Opera's Another Brick in the Wall
7.19.2018 The New York Times: How Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' Saved and Ruined My Life
7.19.2018 Out and Outfit: Out at Cincinnati Opera for 'Another Brick in the Wall'
7.19.2018 Lexington Herald-Leader: Operatic version of Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' Premieres in Cincinnati
7.18.2018 Playbill: First Look at the U.S. Premiere of Pink Floyd Opera Another Brick in the Wall
7.17.2018 WKRC: Behind the scenes of "Another Brick in the Wall" with Bob Herzog
7.13.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: A Preview Of The Cincinnati Opera's US Premiere Of "Another Brick In The Wall"
7.13.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati
7.13.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: 'The Wall' is now an 'out-of-box' Cincinnati Opera production
7.11.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Another Brick in the Wall' trailer
6.15.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: Staging premieres well worth the risk, Cincinnati arts leaders say
6.12.2018 WCPO: Cincinnati Opera: 'Another Brick in the Wall' will remind you of a rock concert (just not as loud)
6.8.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: As Cincinnati Opera nears its 100th anniversary, collaboration is key
6.7.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage
6.01.2018 Movers & Makers Cincinnati: Old, new, borrowed, blue and 'Traviata' too
6.01.2018 Movers & Makers Cincinnati: Not your father's rock opera
5.30.2018 Cincinnati Magazine: The Lowdown on Cincinnati Opera’s U.S. Debut of Another Brick in the Wall
4.15.2018 WQXR Operavore: Warm Weather Opera Worth Traveling For
7.14.2017 Cincinnati Enquirer: Ambitious fare planned for Cincinnati Opera's move back to Music Hall
4.5.2017 Playbill: Another Brick in the Wall, an Opera Based on Roger Waters' Album, Will Make U.S. Debut in 2018
Another Brick in the Wall—The Opera is based solely on Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall and is not intended to convey any explicit political views or opinions.