Show artwork for Satyagraha

Satyagraha Satyagraha

October 20 – November 11, 2018

Company premiere

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Following the extraordinary artistic triumphs of Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten, LA Opera completes the Philip Glass "portrait" trilogy about powerful personalities who changed the world.

"Exquisite... a must-see magnificent production"
Los Angeles Times

Satyagraha (Sanskrit for “truth force”) is inspired by Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, where he developed his groundbreaking ideas about nonviolent political resistance. A visually stunning presentation—starring fast-rising tenor Sean Panikkar as Gandhi—links past, present and future to illuminate a powerful meditation on the lasting effects of human goodness.


Sean Panikkar
Miss Schlesen
So Young Park
Mrs. Naidoo
Erica Petrocelli
J'Nai Bridges
Mr. Kallenbach
Theo Hoffman
Parsi Rustomji
Morris Robinson
Mrs. Alexander
Niru Liu
Lord Krishna
Patrick Blackwell
Prince Arjuna
Michael J. Hawk

Creative Team

Grant Gershon
Phelim McDermott
Julian Crouch
Kevin Pollard
Original Lighting
Paule Constable
Video Design
59 Productions
Movement & Puppetry
Rob Thirtle
Associate Director
Peter Relton
Tony Simpson

Behind the Curtain: Bass Morris Robinson with Brian Lauritzen

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera, in collaboration with Improbable.

Production made possible with generous support from The Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Opera Fund and from Ceil and Michael Pulitzer. Additional support from Linda Pierce and from a consortium of generous donors to LA Opera's Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders. Sean Panikkar's appearance is generously underwritten by a gift from the Piera Barbaglia Shaheen Emerging Artist Program.

Artwork for Satyagraha
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