“I come into being age after age…. thrusting the evil back and setting virtue on her seat again”

love, murder, and suicide all play their part in a tragic tale of war-torn love




9 AUG – 23 AUG 2014

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.

Aussie TheatrePaul Selar

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.

BachtrackBrain Angus


Gandhi Adam Goodburn
Miss Schlessen Deborah Caddy
Mrs Naidoo Naomi Hede
Kasturbai Cherie Boogaart
Mr Kallenbach Andrew Turner
Parsi Rustomji Jeremy Tatchell
Mrs Alexander Deborah Johnson
Arjuna Mark Oates
Krishna Joshua Rowe

State Opera Chorus
Adelaide College of the Arts Dance Ensemble
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


Conductor Timothy Sexton
Director/ Choreographer Leigh Warren
Design Mary Moore
Lighting Design Geoff Cobham


Photos: (Bernard Hull & Darren Williams)