Why See Metropolitan Opera - Akhnaten?
Philip Glass's 1983 masterpiece is born anew in this blockbuster staging from Phelim McDermott. Setting pulses racing with visionary effects, acrobats and performers, discover the story of one of Egypt's most revolutionary Pharaohs. Alongside his wife Nefertiti, Akhnaten changed the landscape of his kingdom. The third of the minimalist composer's portrait trilogy, this fantastic new production stars Anthony Roth Constanzo and J'Nai Bridges, conducted by Karen Kamensek in her Met debut.
The operatic dialogue was composed using various texts taken from ancient letters, hymns, inscriptions, and prayers; to add to the historic authenticity the opera is sung in Hebrew, Egyptian, and Akkadian. Centered on the life and religious beliefs of the titular pharaoh, from the early years of his reign in Thebes, all the way to the modern day, where his ghost and that of queen Nefertiti mourn their ruined city.
Opening night: 8 November 2019
Sung in English with Met titles in English, German, Spanish and Italian
Three hours and 31 minutes with two intermissions
Cast and Creative
Anthony Roth Costanzo as Akhnaten
J'Nai Bridges as Nefertiti
Disella Larusdittir as Queen Tye
Aaron Blake as High Priest of Amon
Will Liverman as Horemhab
Richard Bernstein as Aye
Zachary James as Amenhotep, The Scribe
Conductor - Karen Kamensek
Composer - Philip Glass
Librettists - Philip Glass in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel, Richard Riddell, and Jerome Robbins.
Production - Phelim McDermott
Set - Tom Pye
Costume - Kevin Pollard
Lighting - Bruno Poet
Choreography - Sean Gandini
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