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Einstein on the Beach

An Opera in Four Acts

Robert Wilson   Philip Glass


As a special addition to the season, LA Opera presents a rare revival of the groundbreaking 1976 collaboration by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass. Universally hailed as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century, Einstein on the Beach breaks all rules of conventional opera. Non-narrative in form, the work uses a series of powerful recurrent images as its main dramatic device shown in juxtaposition with abstract dance sequences created by Lucinda Childs. The Los Angeles performances will be the final North American stop of the production’s international tour.

One of the most highly anticipated events of the coming season, Einstein is conceived on an epic scale. An episodic and exhilarating collage of dreamlike images arouses a childlike sense of wonder, making the strange familiar—and the familiar strange.

Presented in collaboration with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA).

The 2012-13 production of Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts was commissioned by BAM; the Barbican, London; Cal Performances University of California, Berkeley; Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity; De Nederlandse Opera/The Amsterdam Music Theatre; Opera at Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Rousillon; University Musical Society of the University of Michigan. Orginally produced in 1976 by the Byrd Hoffman Foundation.

Produced by Pomegranate Arts, Inc.

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There are currently no upcoming performances.


Scene Breakdown


Four hours and 30 minutes. There are no traditional intermissions; the audience is invited to leave and re-enter quietly as desired.
Evening performances: 6:30-11:00pm (approximately)
Matinee performances: 2:00-6:30pm (approximately)

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Pre-Performance Talks

Get the full story by joining other opera-goers at our complimentary pre-opera talks in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Beginning at 5:15pm on Friday and Saturday and 12:45pm on Sunday, Tim Page (Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic) will present an entertaining and informative introduction to Einstein on the Beach. These talks are free of charge to everybody attending the performance, and no reservations are required.


Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, Lucinda Childs: Creating Einstein on the Beach

Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Royce Hall

Join CAP UCLA Artistic and Executive Director Kristy Edmunds for a freewheeling conversation with Wilson, Glass and Childs as they return to Royce Hall in honor of their groundbreaking work. 

Visit CAP UCLA for more information and tickets.



The Einstein Papers Project at Caltech is proud to present three installations at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during the performances of Einstein On The Beach. The exhibitions will include an installation of twelve large portraits of Albert Einstein created by the noted photographer Herman Landshoff. Entitled “Albert Einstein At Home,” the photographs present intimate yet iconic images of Einstein during the years 1946-1950, taken at his last abode at 12 Mercer Street in Princeton, NJ. Einstein was a visiting scientist at Caltech during three winter terms in the early 1930s. A second installation presents nine large panels that incorporate collages of original documents relating to Einstein’s activities while at Caltech, including newspaper clippings, photographs with distinguished scientists, visits to Mt. Wilson Observatory, to Palm Springs, and to the movies – with Charlie Chaplin. Einstein’s interests and passions ranged widely. He played the piano and the violin, and had wide-ranging correspondence with major figures in European and US cultural life.  A third installation presents a selection of archival documents, images, and texts on music and musicians.  More info here.