Philip Glass on The Trial and the composing 'tricks' he uses when writing
Composer Philip Glass on his latest collaboration with Christopher Hampton and Music Theatre Wales, an opera adaptation of Franz Kafka's black comedy, The Trial.
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The Trial is Philip Glass's second 'pocket' opera based on the writings of Franz Kafka, and his first work created specifically for Music Theatre Wales, in celebration of the company's 25th birthday. Glass has a long relationship with the company, describing them as 'wonderful to work with… they seem to like these "odd" pieces of mine, and they do them very well. I think of my pocket operas as neutron bombs – small, but packing a terrific punch'.
Glass has won worldwide acclaim for his operas, which include Satyagraha and Einstein on the Beach. Music Theatre Wales gave a sell-out tour in 2010 of Glass's previous Kafka opera, In the Penal Colony, a work of blistering intensity and dark claustrophobia. Playwright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton (whose opera credits include Glass's Appomattox) collaborates with Glass on this adaptation of one of the great classics of 20th-century literature.
Philip Glass is one of the most popular living composers. He has written prolifically for the stage, his vast catalogue of works including several ballets and more than twenty operas. The Linbury Studio Theatre has been the site of two UK premieres of Glass chamber operas, with The Royal Opera producing Orphée in 2005 and Music Theatre Wales In the Penal Colony in 2010. In the 2014/15 Season MTW gives the world premiere of Glass's chamber opera The Trial in the Linbury.
Glass grew up in Baltimore and studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School, in Aspen with Darius Milhaud and in Europe with Nadia Boulanger and Ravi Shankar. In 1967 he formed the Philip Glass Ensemble in New York. He has since become one of the most prominent figures in contemporary music, renowned for developing a style of music based on immersive, repetitive structures. He presents lectures, workshops and solo keyboard performances around the world, continues to appear frequently with the Philip Glass Ensemble and has created collaborations with figures including David Bowie, Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen, Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma, Doris Lessing and Twyla Tharp.
Glass's many large-scale operas include Satyagraha and Einstein on the Beach; he has created many soundtracks for film, including the influential Koyaanisqatsi and the award-winning The Hours; and additionally his works are widely popular in the concert hall and in theatre, dance and popular music.