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Philip Glass’s landmark 1980 work, set to text from the ancient Sanskrit scripture the Bhagavad Gita, is a moving account of Mahatma Gandhi’s formative experiences in South Africa, which transformed him into a great leader.

For the opera’s Met premiere, director Phelim McDermott and designer Julian Crouch (artistic directors of London’s provocative Improbable theater company) use adventurous, improvisational puppetry, achieved by the Skills Ensemble, a brilliant team of aerialists, to illuminate this formative period in Gandhi’s life and work.

Show Details

Running Time: 3hr 30min (0 intermissions)
Dates: Opening Night: April 11, 2008 Final Performance: May 1, 2008

Theatermania Review

| | April 12, 2008
Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch bring a timeless production of Philip Glass’ 1979 opera about Mahatma Gandhi to the Met.