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Melbourne, Australia (Satyagraha)

May 13, 2023


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13 MAY 2023

7:30 PM

VENUE

Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

LANGUAGE

Performed in Sanskrit with English surtitles.

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one interval.

A meditation on the man and the myth that became a movement.

One of the 20th century’s leading composers and influential master of minimalism, Philip Glass, creates a hypnotic and reverent portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi’s early years of nonviolent protest in South Africa. Drifting between poignant moments of Gandhi’s life as he strives for social reform and resistance, Satyagraha shows the widespread injustice of the European ruling class in South Africa that lead to the forming of the foundations of his non-violent protest movement, inspiring political figures across the world.

The libretto by Glass and visual artist Constance DeJong draws from the sacred Hindi text the Bhagavad Gita and is performed in the original Sanskrit with English surtitles. Together with Glass’ unique use of orchestra and voice, this opera is an inspiring and moving portrayal of one man’s journey from modest lawyer to political titan.

This marks our first performance of this mesmerising masterpiece, in a one-off concert exclusive to Melbourne.

Cast & Creative

CONDUCTOR

Tahu Matheson

DIRECTOR

Andy Morton

LIGHTING DESIGNER

John Rayment

M K GANDHI

Shanul Sharma

MRS SCHLESEN

Rachelle Durkin

MRS NAIDOO

Olivia Cranwell

KASTURBAI 

Agnes Sarkis

MR KALLENBACH

Haotian Qi

PARSI RUSTOMJI/LORD KRISHNA

Richard Anderson

MRS ALEXANDER

Sian Sharp

PRINCE ARJUNA 

Alexander Sefton

Opera Australia Chorus
Orchestra Victoria

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