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Following the success of his first foray into opera, Einstein on the Beach, revolutionary American composer and musician Philip Glass soon turned to another great figure of the 20th century for inspiration. Set to lines from the Hindu Bhagavad Gita, Satyagraha depicts scenes (arranged thematically rather than chronologically) from the life of Gandhi as he developed his philosophy of non-violent resistance in South Africa between 1896 and 1913. The opera became the second installment of Glass’s Portrait Trilogy, which also includes Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten and focuses on innovators from across history. Satyagraha arrived at the Met during the 2007–08 season, when director Phelim McDermott made his debut with a production that employed everyday materials like newspaper and corrugated tin to create towering puppets and striking tableaus. In 2011, his staging returned, this time recorded live in HD. In this performance, tenor Richard Croft gives a moving performance as Gandhi, leading a remarkable ensemble cast conducted by Dante Anzolini.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Nov 19, 2011


Philip Glass


Constance DeJong

Run Time

3 HRS 04 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Cast & Creative

Dante Anzolini
M. K. Gandhi
Richard Croft
Prince Arjuna
Bradley Garvin
Lord Krishna
Richard Bernstein
Miss Schlesen
Rachelle Durkin
Mrs. Naidoo
Molly Fillmore
Maria Zifchak
Mr. Kallenbach
Kim Josephson
Parsi Rustomji
Alfred Walker
Mrs. Alexander
Mary Phillips