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Waiting for the Barbarians - Philip Glass

Information about the opera Waiting for the Barbarians by Philip Glass, and the best recordings available on CD or DVD, or for download.

Based on the 1980 novel by Nobel Prize winning South African author J. M. Coetzee.


The opera tells the story of a magistrate's stand against the cruel and illegal treatment of prisoners of war in a tiny frontier garrison town.

Recommended recordings on CD

Davies/Salter/Perry (Orange Mountain Music Orange)


A live recording from a performance in Amsterdam in 2006, Richard Salter is superb as the magistrate.

Chorus and Orchestra of the Erfurt Theatre, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, 2006.

Cast: Richard Salter (Magistrate), Eugene Perry (Colonel Joll).

Orange Mountain Music Orange

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