In 1988, Seattle Opera presented its first non-Wagner summer opera: Philip Glass’s Satyagraha.
One of three “portrait” operas (the others being Einstein on the Beach
) written by Glass early in his career, Satyagraha
tells the story of Gandhi in South Africa and the origin of his philosophy of non-violent resistence (also known as “Satyagraha”). The libretto of this minimalist opera is drawn entirely from the Bhagavad-Gita
, the Hindu devotional text. Seattle Opera’s production was designed by then-Ring
designer Robert Israel.