Sir Paul McCartney Writes Opera
Paul McCartney has conquered the music world as a member of the Beatles and as a solo artist, so what else is there? He found something, he has written a brand new Opera for the New York City Ballet.
The ballet is a love story called "Ocean's Kingdom", a tale of star-crossed lovers fighting to stay together as their two worlds collide. This may all sound very familiar ... in fact, we're pretty sure it's the oldest yarn in the book. But add to that a musical score written by one of the most famous musicians of the last century, and you've got a winner.
"Ocean's Kingdom" will be performed at the ballet company's fall gala on September 22, and on later dates in the next season. As it currently stands the show lasts for about 45 or 50 minutes and is divided into four acts. Sir Paul's creation requires up to 45 roles with four or five leading parts, so the race is on to get the top spot. Although the composer, John Wilson, has been helping McCartney with the final orchestration, the libretto is all the pop legend's own work.