Monday, 1 March 2010



One of the most visually spectacular opera stagings of recent decades, ENO's London premiere production of Philip Glass's Satyagraha broke all Company box-office records for contemporary opera when it was first seen in 2007. Instilled with breath-taking theatrical flair by Improbable's award-winning director-designer partnership of Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, it went on to enjoy equal success at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. A mesmerisingly hypnotic musical meditation upon Mahatma Gandhi's early years in South Africa, and his spiritual progress towards the concept of non-violent protest, Glass's operatic masterpiece now returns to the London Coliseum. Alan Oke repeats his compelling central performance as the young political activist taking the first tentative steps in his lifelong search for truth.
Performed in Sanskrit with English surtitles
Original production supported by The 20/20 Group
A collaboration with Improbable
A co-production with The Metropolitan Opera, New York

9 performances. Running time: 3hrs 15mins
M. K. Gandhi Alan Oke; Miss Schlesen Elena Xanthoudakis; Mrs Naidoo Janis Kelly; Kasturbai Stephanie Marshall; Mrs Alexander Anne Mason; Mr Kallenbach Ashley Holland; Prince Arjuna Robert Poulton; Lord Krishna/Parsi Rustomji James Gower
Director Phelim McDermott; Associate Director/Designer Julian Crouch; Revival Director David Kneuss; Costume Designer Kevin Pollard; Lighting Designer Paule Constable; Video Designers Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty Nine Productions
Please note:
Sung in Sunskrit.
No English surtitles.

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