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An opera in three acts
By Roger Waters, Etienne Roda-Gil and Nadine Roda-Gil


In 1789 France was virtually bankrupt. In order to raise money, and in the hope that he could raise taxes in exchange for limited political reform, King Louis XVI convoked the Estates General, a loosely representative governing body that hadn’t met for over a century. Elections to the assembly agitated already burgeoning aspirations for political change, and the King’s ploy failed. When the Estates General met in 1789 it made manifest the new political consciousness in France along with its new radical aspirations. It was only a matter of time before Louis and the old order were swept away. Ca Ira concerns the events that occurred during the period between 1789 and 1793 that led to the establishment of the Republic.

Using the central theatrical device of a circus, with a traditional ring, the opera depicts these events before an audience whose members represent all walks of life and orders of society, and who simultaneously act as the opera’s chorus. In the ring, scenes slide into one another, and shift from place to place as necessary: Parliament, Versailles, the streets, the Tuileries Palace, anywhere. Characters include circus performers (a Ringmaster, clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats, etc.) who frequently burlesque or mimic events that are being reported or described, as well as the major protagonists of the revolutionary drama. On different occasions all are variously spectators and participants. In one scene, for example, the King and Queen may be watching the ‘performance’ from the royal box in the circus audience, in the next they may very well be the central figures of the drama that is being played out in the ring. The circus, with its many diverse entertainments, serves as an expansive metaphor for the absurdities and cruelties, the bathos and grandeur of life itself as well as, more specifically, for the heightened passions and sensibilities of the revolutionary era.

The Gathering Storm




Following the overture, the Ringmaster sets the scene, announces the action, exits.


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