Leave your homes, my people. Come see, the old order fades. A new age dawns. Behold, a new power rises. Behold, the sun.
8 Nov – 7 Dec 2019 at The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Akhnaten was originally created by English National Opera and LA Opera in collaboration with Improbable.
If you’re an educator interested in using Akhnaten as a teaching resource, see the Metropolitan Opera’s Education page.
Akhnaten is a mesmerising work whose text draws on ancient hymns, prayers and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian. The opera’s unique mood will transport you to the ancient world through music that combines Glass’s characteristic minimalist voice with stylised movement and choreographed juggling to visualise the rhythms of his score.
Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott has created an arresting vision that includes Gandini Juggling’s virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Philip Glass specialist Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut.
‘Musically and visually mesmerising’
★★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ The Independent
‘A gloriously coloured eye-catching affair’
★★★★ The Guardian
English National Opera in collaboration with Improbable
Co-production with LA Opera
Creative Team of Met Opera 2019
Skills Ensemble Choreographer
Cast of Met Opera 2019
Anthony Roth Costanzo
High Priest of Amon
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