Philip Glass’s 1983 masterpiece, about the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhnaten, challenges the traditional structures and limitations of opera to create a piece that is spectacular and theatrical.
Directed by Phelim McDermott, 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 a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut.
This production was originally created by English National Opera and LA Opera.
In collaboration with Improbable.
Akhnaten is presented in various languages.
A HD Live screening from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.