Guess what we’re watching in Minimalism class today?

Westminster Choir College just got the Naxos Video Library. While I think that it’s fair to say that NVL is still in its early stages of growth, it’s already proving to be a terrific teaching tool.

Lo and behold, one of the titles in the collection is the Staatsoper Stuttgart production of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha.

As one of my students mentioned in class yesterday, seeing the visual component is an important aspect of studying anyone’s operas. But it’s particularly key to understanding Glass’ theatre works: their interdisciplinary nature and their play with our perceptions of time, monumentality, and spectacle. I’m looking forward to discussing Satyagraha with them after we’ve viewed some of it.

Due to their recent production of the work, the Metropolitan Opera has some very helpful resources online, including the synopsis and libretto for the opera here.

Here’s a snippet of the Stuttgart production that someone posted on YouTube.


Here’s what the NY Times had to say about the Met production.

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