Philip Glass


With an idea, Gandhi founded a movement. With a movement, he created a nation. With a nation, he changed the course of history.

14 Oct–28 Oct 2021

Philip Glass’s meditation on Gandhi’s early years in South Africa traces the progress of his concept of non-violent protest as a positive force for change.

Glass’s use of repetitive musical structures – ‘minimalism’– creates a mesmerising soundscape, quite unlike traditional operas. First staged in 2007, Phelim McDermott‘s acclaimed staging of Satyagraha is a spectacular visual feast.

Sean Panikkar, ‘a Gandhi firm of voice and full of charisma’ (LA Times) leads a cast that also features bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana as Lord Krishna and Harewood Artist William Thomas as Parsi Rustomji. Carolyn Kuan, ‘one of the most exciting and outstanding conductors of her generation’ (Marin Alsop) makes her ENO debut.

Witness the extraordinary life of Gandhi in Glass’s unforgettable opera by booking your tickets to ENO’s Satyagraha today.



A collaboration with Improbable

Co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

An Opera in Three Acts by Philip Glass
Music by Philip Glass
Vocal Text: Constance de Jong (adapted from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’)
Book by Philip Glass and Constance De Jong
© 1980 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.

‘An unforgettable experience.’

The Stage

‘Hypnotically beautiful… as mesmerising as ever.’

Financial Times

6 Evening Performances Remaining
1 Matinee Performance Remaining
Running Time
3hrs 10mins

We offer brilliant opera experiences at a range of affordable prices. Tickets start at just £10 plus £2.25 booking fee per ticket. A maximum of £9.00 per transaction is charged for Multi-Buy Packages.

Please note that Satyagraha is sung in Sanskrit without surtitles.

Suitable for all ages. Please note this production contains realistic but non graphic violence.

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Creative Team

Carolyn Kuan


Phelim McDermott


Peter Relton

Revival Director

Julian Crouch

Set Designer & Associate Director

Kevin Pollard

Costume Designer

Paule Constable

Lighting Designer

Kevin Sleep

Revival Lighting Designer

59 Productions

Video Designer

Rob Thirtle

Revival Movement Director & Puppetry


Sean Panikkar

M K Gandhi

Musa Ngqungwana

Lord Krishna

William Thomas

Parsi Rustomji

Sarah Pring

Mrs Alexander

Verity Wingate

Mrs Naidoo

Felicity Buckland


Gabriella Cassidy

Miss Schlesen

James Cleverton

Mr Kallenbach

Ross Ramgobin

Prince Arjuna