GlassOscar-nominated minimalist composer Philip Glass may be best known for his mesmerizing scores for films like Kundun, The Truman Show and The Fog Of War, but he is making a bigger stir lately on the opera stage. Recently, the American-born Glass's opera Waiting For The Barbarians, debuted in Erfurt, Germany (about 200 miles southwest of Berlin). The opera is about racial oppression, and Glass has drawn parellels between its story and the Bush Administration and its war against Iraq. Glass and his librettist, Christopher Hampton, received a 15 minute standing ovation for the piece, which plays Amsterdam in 2006 and Austin, Texas in 2007.

On an unrelated note, Glass's score to Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi (1983) has been rumored to be administered as a sedative to psychotics who do not respond to heavy drugs.
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