Einstein on the Beach
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Opera in four acts and five ‘knee plays’ (intermezzos) by philip Glass and robert Wilson to a libretto by Christopher Knowles, Lucinda Childs and Samuel M. Johnson; Avignon Festival, 25 July 1976.
Created between 1974 and 1976, Einstein is the longest and most famous of Glass’s music-theatre works, the first of three operas each concerning a man who changed the world. It is, however, in many ways unrepresentative, being much more than the usual collaboration between librettist and composer. Glass first became aware of Robert Wilson’s stage work in ...