All due respect to the other Glass music being played worldwide this week, the highlight has to be the US premiere of a concert-staging of Kepler at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. While I'm still not quite sure what a "concert-staging" means, I am pretty sure that it will just be a concert with no props, though perhaps the singers will wear their costumes from Linz.
I've heard the opera from the Linz recordings and I'm happy to report that it's some of Glass' best music in years. It's fantastically self-referential. By that I mean that there are familiar gestures in the music, but by and large the piece itself is a look back toward more abstract concepts of what an opera is. The piece functions as more of an abstract dramatic oratorio and serves as a mirror through which we understand the character of Kepler as Glass sees him.
For those of you who are going to BAM, please share your thoughts with us through the weekend.