The Metropolitan Opera is running Satyagraha, the opera composed by Philip Glass in 1980 during his hyper-minimalist period, in other words the good old days when creators did not hesitate to carry on for several hours at a stretch (actually Satyagraha is only 3.5 hours long, which is considerably less than Debussyâ€™s PellÃ©as) with very repetitive and meditative patterns; that was when meditation was hip, when there was an interest for nonviolence. This piece is in fact focused on a particular brand of nonviolence, as Gandhi explains: â€œTruth (Satya) implies love, and firmness (agraha) engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for forceâ€¦ the Force which is born of Truth and love or nonviolence.â€ The libretto is in Sanskritâ€¦ so youâ€™ll need to check out the meaning of the scenes with the link below to the very informative Metropolitan web page. The libretto is by Constance DeJong.
Satyagraha is a co-production of the Met and English National Opera, in collaboration with Improbable. The production will see its Metropolitan Opera premiere on Friday April 11 and will run on April 14, 19, 22, 25, 28 (the April 28th performance is available as part of the Connect at the Met series) and May 1; it features tenor Richard Croft, director Phelim McDermott and stage designer Julian Crouch, both from the previous London production. I canâ€™t wait to see it.