Satyagraha is a score of luminous beauty, written for an orchestra of triple woodwinds and a full complement of strings; one electric organ was used to fill out the string parts and allow the winds some time to breathe.
Over the course of scene 1, Gandhi is by joined Arjuna, Krishna, and the chorus; the orchestration also increases in density until the entire orchestra is playing.
The Trilogy Theme can be heard in Act 1 and Act 3, musically drawing together distant moments in Gandhi’s life. It appears int he final moments of the opera, with an added flute line, as Gandhi sings the words of Lord Krishna “I come into being age after age…. thrusting the evil back and setting virtue on her seat again”
"The visual offering is aided by Moore’s costumes of English suits, Indian robes and saris, which tint the stage in a soft exoticism, and Geoff Cobham’s varied and dramatic lightning. Nothing seemed amiss."
"This has been a stunning production of Satyagraha, which delivers a rich spiritual, almost transcendental, experience, concluding a remarkable triple performance of Philip Glass’ portrait operas."
State Opera Chorus
Adelaide College of the Arts Dance Ensemble
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra