Friedkin to direct ‘Truth’ at La Scala

Battistelli to write score for opera adaptation

William Friedkin will direct the premiere of the opera “An Inconvenient Truth,” which will debut at La Scala in Milan on May 11, 2011.

J.D. McClatchy, the poet who composed the book for Ned Rorem’s “Our Town” and co-wrote “Grendel” with Julie Taymor, has been tapped as the librettist. Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli will write the score. Participant Media, which financed the docu based on Al Gore’s book, will be among the backers of the opera.

Battistelli began work on the opera a year ago. It will be presented as part of La Scala’s contribution to the celebrations of the 150th anni of Italy’s unification.

Milan and Gore first connected when the former vice president backed the city’s bid to host Expo 2015 on promises of turning green.

Friedkin will direct the LA Opera productions of “Il Tabarro” and “Suor Angelica” in September.

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