Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description After its world premiere in Chicago, Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei (his 18th opera) was brought to the Next Wave Festival. Drawing from letters of Galileo and his family, and various other documents, this opera retrospectively journeys through Galileo's life. Opening with him as an old, blind man after the trial and Inquisition for his heresy, it explores his religiosity as well as his break with the church, and expands into the greater, oscillating relationship of science to both religion and art, reaching its end with Galileo—as an infant—watching an opera composed by his father.