After being an album, two massive concert productions and a movie, Pink Floyd’s The Wall is being turned into an opera.
The Opera de Montreal will stage it March 11th through 24th in 2017 to mark the Canadian city’s 375th anniversary. Part of the concept album was inspired after an incident at a 1977 Pink Floyd concert at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in which Roger Waters spat on a fan.
At an event Thursday to announce the project, Waters said, “The Wall is about the journey from the enmity of spitting in someone’s face to the position where love becomes more important than that enmity.”
Waters also admitted he wasn’t into turning one of his creations into an opera at first. He said, “I think my reply was somewhat dismissive. It had been my experience that experiments in collaboration between the worlds of rock and roll and the worlds of symphonic music were generally disastrous, and should be embarked upon with extreme trepidation. But they were extremely persuasive. They played me some of what they had been working on and I confess, I sat there not expecting to be moved, and I was moved. So I approach this project with great enthusiasm.”