Einstein on the Beach
Composer: Philip Glass
Librettist: Christopher Knowles, Lucinda Childs,
Other Artistic Personnel: Robert Wilson (Director/Designer)
Original Cast: U.S. Premiere: George Andoniadis, Connie Beckley, Ritty Ann Burchfield, Lucinda Childs, Frank Conversano, Andrew deGroat, Charles Dennis, Grethe Holby, Jeannie Hutchins, Mark Jacoby, Samuel M. Johnson, Paul Mann, Richard Morrison, Dana Reitz, Marie Rice, Ronald Roxbury, Sheryl L. Sutton, Robert Wilson, David P. Woodberry; Robert Brown, violin; Iris Hiskey, solo voice; additional singers: Bruce Burroughs and Forrest Warren
Premiere Date: July 25, 1976
Producing Company: Festival d'Avignon
Description: The piece is a meditation on the dangers and possibilities of Einstein's "Theory of Relativity." Central themes explore a train (used by Einstein to explain relativity), a trial (exploring the dangers of nuclear weapons), and a spaceship (exploring the possibilities of science).
Character List (Major): 2 female actors
1 male actor
1 child actor
(all are speaking roles)
Reviews: The Village Voice, Kyle Gann, 12-15-92; The New York Times, James R. Oestreich, 11-8-92; Time, Michael Walsh, 7-2-90; International Herald Tribune, David Stevens, 6-22-90; The Wall Street Journal, Mark Swed, 6-10-90; Time, Michael Walsh, 6-3-85; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 12-17-84; The New York Times, Stephen Holden, 12-16-84; The New York Times, Robert T. Jones, 12-2-84; Stereo Review, Eric Salzman, 9-79; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 3-11-79; The New York Times, Robert Palmer, 5-28-78; New York, Thomas B. Hess, 12-13-76; The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 12-6-76; Time, Joan Downs, 12-6-76; The New York Times, Mel Gussow, 11-28-76; The New York Times, Clive Barnes, 11-23-76; The New York Times, Mel Gussow, 11-19-76; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 8-1-76; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 3-8-76
Comments: Robert Wilson is credited with the work's basic conception and visual realization; some text by Robert Wilson.
Length: 04:30
Total Acts: 4
Chorus: SATB (16 voices)
Orchestration: amp S; fl (pic, bcl), fl (ssx), tsx (asx)/ 2syn
Musical Style: Minimalism; through-composed with various spoken texts; repeated syllables (solfège) and numbers; the piece centers on visual themes
Contact: Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. or G. Schirmer, Inc.(agent)
Phone: 212-979-2080
212-254-2100
Composer Web Site: http://www.philipglass.com/
Publisher Web Site: http://www.dunvagen.com
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2009 Robert L.B. Tobin Directo
Project Name: Einstein on the Beach
Awardee: Elise Sandell
Director: Elise Sandell
Conductor:
Designer: Liz Freese, Gordon W. Olson
Schedule of Performances Listings
Einstein on the Beach (Glass)
Friday, October 11, 2013 - Los Angeles Opera
Einstein on the Beach (Glass)
Friday, June 1, 2007 - State Opera of South Australia
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