Philip Glass’s epic opera about the life of revolutionary pharaoh Akhnaten

Akhnaten explores the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh and forms the last of Philip Glass’s trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he looks at figures from the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten). The hypnotic and mesmerising score uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian.

Our production was the first in London for 30 years, and followed our collaborations with ENO on Glass’s Satyagraha and The Perfect American. Akhnaten also saw director Phelim McDermott collaborating once again with designer Tom Pye, who created the wonderful world of Cosi fan tutte in May 2014 at ENO. Akhnaten was also performed at LA Opera in November 2016

First performed by the ENO in March 2016, subsequently performed at LA Opera in November 2016.

Conducted by Karen Kamensek
Directed by Phelim McDermott
Designed by Tom Pye
Costume Design by Kevin Pollard
Lighting Designed by Bruno Poet
Choreography by Sean Gandini

Performed by Clive Bayley, Rebecca Bottone, Emma Carrington, James Cleverton, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Zachary James, Colin Judson

Production details:

Running time: 2hrs 50mins

Language: Sung in Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian with no surtitles

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