Opera Scotland

1000 Airplanes on the Roof

1000 Airplanes on the Roof is a melodrama in one act by Philip Glass which featured text by David Henry Hwang and is described by Glass as a "science fiction music drama" as it tells of alien abduction and its dramatic effect on one man.

The opera was commissioned by the Donau festival, Krems an der Donau, The American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia, and West Berlin City Council in 1988, the opera premiered on July 15, 1988, at the Vienna Airport in Hanger#3 with the US premiere taking place in September 1988 at  the American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia, and went on to play in 40 US cities, including New York, Boston and Chicago.

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