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NEW YORK, Oct 21, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Rock star Roger Waters says writing his new opera, "Ca Ira," was "probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life."

Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd, has been working on the opera for several years, adapting it from a libretto about the French Revolution by Etienne and Nadine Roda-Gil. But though he was "gloriously ignorant of the complexities and potential pitfalls," he says it was similar to writing conceptual rock pieces such as Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and his own "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking."

"It's not really very different at all," Waters explains. "Working with a big symphony orchestra and operatic voices and the chorus is a different palette, but it's still painting."

The album company will present a concert version of "Ca Ira" on Nov. 17 in Rome, with North American dates being eyeballed for 2006.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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