• Monday, August 15, 2022

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ENO’s Sanskrit opera celebrates Gandhi

By: Lauren Codling

by LAUREN CODLING AN OPERA themed around Indian freedom icon Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa hopes to entice diverse audiences to become future performers, the production’s director has said. Satyagraha focuses on Gandhi’s journey as a young man as he develops the idea of non-violent protests. Composed by Philip Glass, the opera was first staged in 2007 and has recently returned to London to critical acclaim. Sang entirely in Sanskrit, the three-act opera adopts a non-linear narrative, which moves back and forth to significant points of Gandhi’s life. Despite featuring such an iconic Indian figure, however, the casting…

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