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Roger Waters completes opera
"Ca Ira" recording to be released this fall

Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has completed his opera "Ca Ira." The work will be released by Sony Classical as a 2-CD set this fall.

"Ca Ira," inspired by the French Revolution, occupied much of the 1990s for Waters. He composed the music for the opera; Etienne Roda-Gil, wrote the libretto.

Waters might conduct a live performance of the 110-minute piece in Rome in November. "Wouldn't that be a buzz?" he ponders, in an April 29 RollingStone.com story. "Of course, I might need a few beta blockers before going on."

The overture of the opera was premiered at the Whip Craic variety show at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002.

The opera's title comes from the refrain of a famous song of the French Revolution. Literally translated, it means "It shall go well."

Waters still rocking
In the Rolling Stone piece Waters also offers an update on the rock album he started a few years ago. "I just keep smashing paint up against the canvas and waiting for it to make sense," he says, admitting he already has enough songs recorded to constitute an album, if he wished.

"Living in America now, I'm struggling with all those questions — about the law, the Constitution, what's next for mankind and whether there's any moral high-ground to be had.

"Actually, it's all the same stuff I've been obsessed with since I was a teenager, so nothing new, really," he adds with a laugh.

Waters' most recent solo album was 1992's "Amused to Death."

(Posted: May 1, 2005)

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