Einstein on the Beach 2001


opera in 4 acts (Wilson/Glass)
2001 // Staatsbank, Berlin

Musical Direction: Ari Benjamin Meyers

Director: Berthold Schneider // "Meyers has brought the musicians and singers to a state of perfect balance, perfectly maintaining an emotionless quality that brings the most out of Glass' music." -Süddeutsche Zeitung


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Premiere August 2001, Staatsbank Berlin

Director: Berthold Schneider
Musical Director: Ari Benjamin Meyers
Installation: Veronika Witte
Choreography: Tino Sehgal
Costumes: Nina Thorwart
Sound: Immanuell Heidrich

Participating Artists/Researchers:
fettFilm (Berlin/Hamburg), Anton Henning (Berlin), Barbara Hindahl (Mannheim), Eve Hurford (Berlin), Haik Lorenz (Potsdam), Hans Diebner + Sven Sahle (ZKM Karlsruhe), Ilya Rabinowitch (Amsterdam), Fred Rubin (Berlin), Anke Westermann (Berlin), Veronika Witte (Berlin)


EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH is not an opera in the traditional sense: it is not based on biographical material from the life of the most important scholar of the 20th century. It doesn't try to portray anything knowable about his work.
EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH is an opera about time itself, as something we experience and have our own perceptions of as the four-hour performance unfolds.



...Meyers has brought the musicians and singers to a state of perfect balance, perfectly maintaining an emotionless quality that brings the most out of Glass' music.
Thierry Chervel, Süddeutsche Zeitung

...The coordination that the american conductor and Glass-specialist Ari Benjamin Meyers managed to accomplish had the perfection of clockwork.
G. Blumenstein, Südwest Presse