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Satyagraha is composer Philip Glass’s meditation on Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, tracing the progress of his concept of non-violent protest as a positive force for change.
First staged in 2007, Phelim McDermott’s highly acclaimed, spectacularly theatrical production is a visual feast. Glass’s use of repetitive musical structures – ‘minimalism’– creates a mesmerising soundscape, quite unlike traditional operas.
Following the Olivier Award-winning run of Akhnaten in 2016, McDermott is reunited with Glass-specialist conductor Karen Kamensek. Distinguished British tenor Toby Spence sings Gandhi for the first time, and is joined by sopranos Charlotte Beament (Miss Schelesen) and Anna-Clare Monk (Mrs Naidoo).
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An unmissable masterpiece' - The Daily Telegraph
'A striking achievement on many levels' - The Guardian
'Enthralling' - The Financial Times
Age restrictionChildren under 5 will not be admitted.
Running time3hr 15min (including interval)
Performance dates1 Feb 2018 - 27 Feb 2018
Please note that Satyagraha is sung in Sanskrit without surtitles. No food or drink purchased off-site including alcohol, soft drinks and water are permitted inside the theatre.
Christine Achten19th February
Splendid performance , orchestra did great job! Not so common work, in mine opinion too long ( 3th act!).
P.A. Simmonds17th February
Loved it, easily worth 5 stars. The music was mesmerizing and the slow movement of the cast on stage almost Zen like, the orchestra outstanding ! Carmen it is not, but if your willing to be transported into an almost meditative state of bliss you will enjoy. Thank you cast, crew and especially the orchestra for wonderful experience. (Berkshire).
Paul-adrien CUVILLIER17th February
An amazing opera wonderfully realized
Henriette Hollaar16th February
Breathtaking! The beauty and synchronicity of music and cast made it an exceptional experience and individual invitation to reflect on life.
Agata Bloch15th February
Overal we're giving four stars. First Two Acts absolutely mesmerising. Brilliant minimalistic music by P. Glass. Visual feast. The Third Act unfortunately disappointing. It simply should be shorter. Also for those who bought tickets on the balcony and upper circles - you won't be able to see important text projected as a background. This could be easily fixed by projecting it slightly lower but director decided to fully involve only those who spent hundredths on their tickets.
Shefali Solanki12th February
It was by far one of the worst productions I have seen in a long time. Where to begin - the seats are super uncomfortable compared to most theatres in London. The stage set-up didn't accommodate for those sat at the top and it felt like it didn't matter if we saw the production or not. No subtitles where offered to understand what was going on. The Royal Opera House have subtitles on screens for Latin performances. It was such a disappointment that we left after the first act as we had no idea what was going on and we go to see a play/dance/opera performance once a week. Was a truly disappointing performance.
Mohan Chauhan11th February
Not impressed with the stage razzmatazz. Seats are very uncomfortable. Could not read the writing on the screen too high
Elena Gaynullina8th February
1st-star for singers 2nd-for the idea 3rd-for costumes The music and action were awful, too boring