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Einstein on the Beach is an opera of four acts created by Philip Glass, with Robert Wilson as the director. Scripted in 1975, its premiere took place in 1976 in France. The opera consists of the writings by Samuel M. Johnson, Lucinda Childs, and Christopher Knowles. This was the first and longest opera achievement of Glass, taking an estimated of five hours to fully perform without the interval. Because of its length, the audiences are allowed to leave and enter the venue as desired. The opera is the first of the Portrait Trilogy that Glass has come up, with Akhnaten coming in 1983 and Satyagraha in 1979. These 3 operas were the description of those men who changed the rules and norms of their time with the power of their ideas and not by any military force. Einstein on the Beach tickets will allow you to watch this splendid show.
Wilson and Glass met for the first time to hold a discussion on the prospects of a joint work and came to a mutual conclusion of making an opera that is four to five hours long based on a historical character. The opera was first acted upon by Philip Glass Ensemble and Byrd Hoffman Foundation presented it. It has also been staged in Paris, Brussels, Venice, and Rotterdam. Einstein on the Beach was performed in New York’s Metropolitan Opera House in the November of 1984. Robert Wilson, Lucinda Childs, Samuel M. Johnson, and pupil Sheryl S. Sutton were the primary characters in it. An hour long documentary about this opera was created by Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1984 which was aired on television by the name of Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera. In 1988 Achim freyer, an opera director, reproduced it in a very abstract style and staged it with the addition of new text as of early twentieth century.
A renewal having the contribution of all the initial performers was custom-made by the NYCO (New York City Opera) for the opening of their 2009-10 seasons. The team responsible for organizing the NYCO production brought together another set of performers to recreate Einstein. After spending months on rehearsals, seen by Childs, Wilson and Glass, the first act after twenty years was held in January 2012. The actors performing in the opera were Helga Davis and Kate Moran replacing Sutton's and child’s roles. Jennifer Koh, who is a guitarist and was nominated for the Grammy Awards played Einstein. The official trip began in March 2012 and had its premiere at the Opera Berlioz in France.
Wilson and Glass represented the icon merely as a historical body, without a storyline attached with his image. They did however; incorporate symbols from the life of Einstein within the characters, music, and scenery of the opera. The casting requirement for Einstein on the Beach is of two females, one male, and a male child. The orchestration was initially modified to the 5 members from Philip Glass Ensemble, and a solo violin.
The opera contains of 9 connected, twenty-minute scenes divided by "Knee Plays". 5 Knee Plays form the structure of the opera and emerge in between acts, serving as the opening and closing acts. Glass describes a “Knee Play” as a break in between acts. A Knee Play helps creating the required time to modify the scenery of the seven sets of Wilson.
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