Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music ClassicsNew details have been revealed about the recently announced orchestral version of The Who‘s classic 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia, that Pete Townshend has helped create. The album, titled Classic Quadrophenia, will be released on June 9 and will be available in a standard, audio-only version and a deluxe edition featuring a bonus DVD.

Acclaimed British tenor Alfie Boe contributes lead vocals to the recording, taking on the role of Jimmy and handling the parts that Who frontman Roger Daltrey sang on the original album. Townshend is featured as The Godfather, while Billy Idol appears as Ace Face/Bell Boy. Rounding out the “cast” is actor Phil Daniels as Dad. Incidentally, Daniels portrayed Jimmy in the 1979 movie version of Quadrophenia.

The project was orchestrated by Townshend’s longtime girlfriend, singer/songwriter Rachel Fuller, and features music by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Oriana Choir. Townshend says one of the things that inspired him to create an orchestral version of Quadrophenia was that he hoped to motivate more people to become interested in classical music.

“A lot of major symphony orchestras are in trouble because their audience is getting old and the younger audiences prefer softer stuff, such as film soundtrack music,” he maintains. “I think that Quadrophenia would reinvigorate their audiences and bring in people who might not otherwise go to see a symphony orchestra perform without lights and fireworks and a movie screen.”

The DVD included with the deluxe Classic Quadrophenia package will feature the previously unreleased documentary Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?, which contains rare interviews with and performance footage of The Who’s original lineup.

As previously announced, a premiere live performance of Classic Quadrophenia will be held on July 5 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. A trailer focusing on the making of the album can be viewed at the Deutsche Grammophon label’s YouTube channel.

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