An inspirational opera on Gandhi

Philip Glass presents a masterpiece   opera of social change ”“ ”˜Satyagraha’ –  an inspirational retelling of Gandhi’s formative philosophical experiences as a young man in South Africa. The minimalist score, sung in Sanskrit, features lyrics drawn from the Bhagavad Gita.  Phelim McDermott’s visually extravagant production uses large-scale puppetry, acrobatics, and supertitles to create a moving, life-affirming theatrical experience. Running time is approximately 3 hours 45 minutes which includes two intermissions with host Eric Owns.

Richard Croft portrays Gandhi, a role he first sang to critical acclaim in the 2008 Met premiere of the work.

The cast also includes Rachelle Durkin as Miss Schlesen, Kim Josephson as Mr. Kallenbach, and Alfred Walker as Parsi Rustomji. Contemporary music specialist Dante Anzolini conducts; rising bass-baritone star Eric Owens hosts the transmission.

Termed as “A work of genius” by L.A. Times and “A profound and beautiful work of theater” by  Washington Post ‘Satyagraha’ features minimal subtitles. Composer Philip Glass has used as his text the ancient Sanskrit scripture the Bhagavad Gita, which does not relate to the actual action taking place on stage. Glass did not wish the text to be understood — just to be heard — and to allow the actions on stage to speak for themselves.

Participating venues across Australia will be screening ”˜Satyagraha’ on December 17 Saturday at 11.30 am and on   December 18 Sunday at 1pm. Don’t miss this excellent production at the following venues:


Hayden Orpheum ”“ Cremorne

Dendy Opera Quays ”“ Sydney

Chauvel Cinema ”“ Paddington

Dendy ”“ Newtown

Dendy ”“ Byron Bay

Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

Odeon 5 Cinemas ”“ Orange

Griffith City Cinema

Belgrave Cinemas ”“ Armidale

Narooma Cinema

Empire Cinema ”“ Bowral

Forum 6 Cinemas ”“ Tamworth

Forum 6 Cinemas ”“ Wagga Wagga

Scotty’s Cinema Centre – Newcaslte



Cinema Nova ”“ Carlton

The Sun Theatre ”“ Yarraville

Wangaratta Cinemas

Rosebud Cinemas

Theatre Royal ”“ Castlemaine

Her Majesty’s Theatre ”“ Ballarat


Luna Cinemas ”“ Leederville

Luna on SX ”“ Fremantle


Palace Nova Eastend Cinema


Canberra Dendy Cinemas


Palace Centro ”“ Brisbane

Dendy Portside ”“ Brisbane

Noosa 5 Cinemas


CMAX Devonport

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