The New York City Opera has commissioned Academy Award nominee Philip Glass (The Hours) to compose an opera based on the final days of Walt Disney.
I have always felt that Disney's life was rife with possibilities for musicalization, but never thought of opera as the means to do it. Furthermore, the basis for the new piece, the German-language novel The Perfect American by Peter Stephan Jungk, is a fictionalized account of the last months of his life, and not without its share of controversy (among other falsehoods, it perpetuates the ugly rumor that Disney was a racist).
The opera isn't scheduled until the 2012-2013 season, but something tells me the infamous Disney lawyers will make it so this never sees the light of day.
UPDATE: Per Playbill.com: due to "budgetary constraints", New York City Opera has dropped plans to produce this piece.
Illustration by Pete Emslie.