Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach
October 16, 2012
Oct. 26 - 28
The history of opera as we knew it changed when Einstein on the Beach premiered in France in 1976, and made it to Hamburg, Paris, Belgrade, Venice, Brussels, Rotterdam, and New York City by the end of the year. (Fat chance of that happening today with a new work.) Here was an intermissionless, five-hour, music-theater piece comprising nine connected 20-minute scenes and five “Knee Plays” (interludes) at which the audience was free to come and go. The current revival tour, which began this year in France, heads to Italy, London, Toronto, and Brooklyn before reaching Berkeley. Catch this radical work while you can — you may not get another chance.
Jason Victor Serinus is a music critic, professional whistler, and lecturer on classical vocal recordings. His credits includes Seattle Times, Listen, Opera News, Opera Now, American Record Guide, Stereophile, Classical Voice North America, Carnegie Hall Playbill, Gramophone, San Francisco Magazine, Stanford Live, Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco Examiner, AudioStream, and California Magazine.