LA Opera presents the company premiere of Philip Glass’ quintessential Satyagraha. Following the extraordinary artistic triumphs of Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten, LA Opera completes the Glass “portrait” trilogy about powerful personalities who changed the world. Satyagraha (Sanskrit for “truth force”) is inspired by Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, where he developed a radical new idea of nonviolent political resistance. A visually stunning presentation by acclaimed director of Akhnaten
Phelim McDermott links past, present and future to illuminate a powerful meditation on the lasting effects of human goodness. The opera, which premiered in 1980, was Philip Glass’s first opera created for “traditional” operatic forces. The text is drawn from the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu sacred text central to Gandhi’s worldview, and the opera is sung in Sanskrit.
Resident Conductor Grant Gershon returns to the LA Opera podium to conduct Glass’ masterpiece with fast-rising tenor Sean Panikkar as Gandhi. The production also stars mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges as Kasturbai, Gandhi’s wife, soprano So Young Park, bass Morris Robinson, baritone Theo Hoffman, bass-baritone Patrick Blackwell and members of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.
Tickets begin at $19; Performances run from October 20 – November 11, 2018;
Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: Thursday through Saturdays – 7:30pm; Sundays – 2pm
Phone: (213) 972-8001