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

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

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

Following the Olivier Award-winning run of Akhnaten in 2016, McDermott is reunited with Glass-specialist conductor Karen Kamensek. Distinguished British tenor Toby Spence sings Gandhi for the first time, and is joined by sopranos Charlotte Beament (Miss Schelesen) and Anna-Clare Monk (Mrs Naidoo).

‘Hypnotically beautiful… as mesmerising as ever’

Financial Times

‘Mad and magical’

Evening Standard

‘An unforgettable experience’

The Stage

Running Time
3hrs 30mins

Tickets available from £12 plus booking fee.* There are 500 tickets at every performance at £20 or under.

Pre performance talk
7 Feb 2018
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
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Please note that Satyagraha is sung in Sanskrit without surtitles.

*ENO charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.

Please note the running time includes two intervals.

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In collaboration with Improbable

Co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York


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