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Philip Glass' 'Einstein' is opera because 'that's where the stuff was'
Philip Glass' 'Einstein' is opera because 'that's where the stuff was'

NEW YORK — What opera launched a legendarily prolific opera career, influenced a generation of opera composers and is an American opera classic, yet is not an opera and has only been mounted a handful of times in the 37 years since its premiere? That's an easy riddle. It's "Einstein on the Beach," which Los Angeles Opera will present next weekend at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. "No, of course not," Philip Glass answers when I asked whether he and director and visual artist Robert Wilson set out to write an opera nearly 40 years ago, both then part of a small community of SoHo avant-garde artists scraping by. Glass himself is now the world's...

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