July 25, 1976
Einstein on the Beach
Composer:Philip Glass
Librettist:Christopher Knowles, Lucinda Childs,
Synopsis
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).

Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Los Angeles OperaEinstein on the Beach10/10/2013 - 10/12/2013


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The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2009
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1984

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
04:30

Number of Acts
4

Musical Style
Minimalism; through-composed with various spoken texts; repeated syllables (solfège) and numbers; the piece centers on visual themes

Vocal & Musical Forces
Soprano saxophone (flute), electric organ, flute (soprano saxophone, bass clarinet), alto saxophone (flute), electric organ (synthesizer, additional keyboards); onstage: violin; tenor and soprano soloists; SATB chorus (14 people) and SATTBB chorus (6 people); dancers; four actors; there is a sound mix of the instruments

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


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