Einstein on the Beach

Philip Glass

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Grand Auditorium Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

This concert has no intermission. The audience will be allowed to enter and leave the auditorium freely throughout the whole performance. Please keep your ticket.

Philip Glass, Suzanne Vega, Ictus Ensemble, Collegium Vocale Gent and Germaine Kruip collaborated to create a concerto version of Glass’s 1976 opera Einstein on the Beach, one of the high points of his career. This approach to a key work of minimalism focuses on the performance and musical exploration of the words in the libretto, elevated by sophisticated sound design and the unmistakable voice of Suzanne Vega as narrator. Visual artist Germaine Kruip has created the stage set, which resembles a contemporary art installation, bringing the stage closer to the audience. A new and exciting way to enjoy Glass’s opera.


Programme

Ictus
Collegium Vocale Gent
Suzanne Vega

Christopher Knowles / Samuel M. Johnson / Lucinda Childs Texts
Tom De Cock Conductor
Michael Schmid Assistant conductor
Maria van Nieukerken Choir Master
Germaine Kruip Scenography
Maxime Fauconnier Scenography assistant
Nicolas Marc Light assistant
Anne-Catherine Kunz Costumes
Maarten Beirens Dramaturgy

Einstein on the Beach
[Musicians at Work]
Opera in four acts, in a concert version,
based on a concept by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass.


The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us through the Information Request form.


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