Einstein on the BeachEinstein on the Beach
is an opera
written by the minimalist
composer Philip Glass
and theatre director and designer Robert Wilson
. It premiered in 1976
. It is a single act opera, approximately five hours long with no intermission. Given the minimalist (repetitive) nature of the music, audience members are free to enter and leave the opera as they wish.
The text of the opera consists of solfege syllables, numbers, and short segments of poetry. The opera consists of twenty-minute-long scenes separated by what Glass calls knee plays.
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