This dramatised concert of Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach (1976), featuring singer Suzanne Vega, the seven-musician Ictus Ensemble and the 12-singer Collegium Vocale Gent, under the baton of Georges-Elie Octors, is a must. A fresh, radical show where the wall between the performers and the audience seems to melt down.

The production highlights the sound in the original opera, and so it is similar in length to it. It is the creation of the music itself that is being shown: the musicians working on the stage and a wonderful Suzanne Vega singing, reciting and acting. The result is a powerful vocal collage that turns the Arriaga Theatre into an overpowering audio visual setting where the artists and the audience share the same space, time and even point of view.

The team

Einstein on the Beach, by Philip Glass

Music by: Philip Glass

Texts by: Christopher Knowles, Samuel M. Johnson, Lucinda Childs

Vocal performance: Suzanne Vega

Conductor: Georges-Elie Octors

Artistic advisor: Tom De Cock

Set design: Germaine Kruip

Dramaturgy: Maarten Beirens



Violin: Igor Semenoff

Flute: Michael Schmid, Chryssi Dimitriou

Keyboards: Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Jean-Luc Plouvier

Bass clarinet, soprano saxophone: Dirk Descheemaeker

Alto, soprano saxophone: Asagi Ito

Sound design: Alexandre Fostier

Production: Wilfried Van Dyck



Sopranos: Joowon Chung, Magdalena Podkościelna, Charlotte Schoeters

Contraltos: Sofia Gvirts, Karolina Hartman, Cécile Pilorger

Tenors: Malcolm Bennett, Peter Di-Toro, Hitoshi Tamada

Basses: Charles Dekeyser, Julian Millán, Bart Vandewege




from €12 to €42 /discounts

Friends of the Arriaga: From 25 to 35%
Groups, young people, over 65s, the unemployed, large families and people with disabilities in excess of 33%: 25%
Dance Professionals: 25%
Last minute discount (for the previous groups, except Friends of the Arriaga): 50%
Last minute discount for Young Friend of the Arriaga: 70%
Disabled persons in a wheelchair: 50% (in the proscenium, balcony and a companion)


3 hours 20 min.