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“In the Penal Colony” – Kafka, Glass, and Long Beach Opera

“In the Penal Colony” – Kafka, Glass, and Long Beach Opera

Crime and Punishment “In the Penal Colony” – Long Beach Opera tackles Philip Glass by way of Franz Kafka by Bondo Wyszpolski Before one of last weekend’s performances of “In the Penal Colony,” the short but intense opera by Philip Glass based on the Franz Kafka story of the same name, Long Beach Opera artistic […]

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“Satyagraha” shimmers on the opera stage

“Satyagraha” shimmers on the opera stage

“Satyagraha” by Philip Glass at LA Opera, a review by Bondo Wyszpolski A fantasia or meditation on the life of Mohandas Gandhi might not seem like the ideal choice for an opera, but “Satyagraha,” which Philip Glass composed nearly 40 years ago (it premiered in 1980), is musically spellbinding. It is also, in this co-production […]