Kepler, An Opera by Philip Glass

Kepler, An Opera by Philip Glass will make it’s U.S. premier this November at the Brooklyn Acadamy of Music (BAM). Dennis Russel Davies will be leading the Bruckner Orchestra Linz through for 3 nights of Kepler.

Philip Glass’s opera, written expressly for Landestheater Linz and Linz09, deals with the intellectual cosmos of the great astronomer.

Johannes Kepler lived and worked in Linz from 1612 to 1627. The opera raises fundamental questions of the kind that Kepler worked on all his life and that he hoped science would be able to answer. Historical ruptures in the wake of the Counter Reformation shaped the world into which the astronomer and mathematician was born in 1571. Surrounded on all sides by war and religious strife, he sought to decipher the divine order hidden in the “book of Nature”, in the unshakable belief that his efforts would be crowned with success. “God has based everything on numbers”, was the motto that inspired his research. Philip Glass, one of the best known composers of our time, bases his approach to Kepler on the astromer’s conviction that “without genuine knowledge life is dead”. Glass Notes


An Opera by Philip Glass
Part of the 2009 Next Wave Festival at BAM
Libretto by Martina Winkel
Bruckner Orchestra Linz
Conducted by Dennis Russell Davies
Nov 18, 20 & 21 at 7:30pm
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And yes, Juliette and I have a 4 month old named Kepler Cezzar Zilar. He was named after Johannes Kepler. It was mere coincidence that Philip Glass did an opera of the same name. Also a coincidence that NASA launched the Kepler Telescope into space last May, after we had chosen the name. NASA’s Kepler Mission went into full operation July 24, 2009, one day after our Kepler was born.