Philip Glass’s opera about Mahatma Gandhi.
Presented and revived six times in both London and New York, Philip Glass’s Satyagraha was Improbable’s first collaboration with ENO. Satyagraha is the second in the composer’s landmark trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas about men who changed the world. Based on Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, the opera explores how the spiritual and political leader developed non-violent protest into a powerful force for change. First produced as India marked her 60th year of independence.
The ENO Orchestra and Chorus play a pivotal role in this hauntingly beautiful and spiritual ensemble piece, which is performed in Sanskrit, the melodic language of the Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), to which Gandhi referred daily.
In 19th November 2011 Satyagraha was screened live to over 37 countries from The Metropolitan Opera, New York.
The whole thing serves as a monumental affirmation of human dignity at a time when many have begun to question its very existence – The Guardian
Do anything – anything non-violent, of course – to see it now ★★★★★ – The Telegraph
Director: Phelim McDermott
Associate Director and Designer: Julian Crouch
Costume Designer: Kevin Pollard
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Video Design: Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty Nine Productions Ltd
Photography: Keith Pattison
Miss Schlesen: Clare Eggington
M.K. Gandhi: Alan Oke
Mr Kallenbach: Nicholas Folwell
Parsi Rustomji: Nicholas Masters
Kasturbai: Stephanie Marshall
Mrs Naidoo: Janis Kelly
Mrs Alexander: Sarah Pring
Prince Arjuna: Eddie Wade
Nesreen Nabil Hussein
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