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Opera in three acts by philip Glass to a libretto by the composer and Constance DeJong after the Bhagavad Gita; Rotterdam, Netherlands Opera, 5 September 1980.

Shortly after a 1976 performance of Einstein on the Beach in Amsterdam, Glass was asked by Hans de Roo, the director of the Netherlands Opera, to write a ‘real’ opera, meaning one for orchestra and chorus with soloists trained and practised in the singing of traditional operas. Glass responded with the two-hour ...

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