The opera 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). This hypnotically mesmerising work uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian. Sung in Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian with no surtitles. New production supported by a syndicate of individual donors. This extraordinary work has not been seen in London for 30 years.


Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten), Rebecca Bottone (Queen Tye), James Cleverton (Horemhab), Colin Judson (High Priest of Amon)


Music: Philip Glass
Company(s): English National Opera, Improbable
Conductor: Karen Kamensek
Director: Phelim McDermott
Design: Tom Pye
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Akhnaten (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T1590532922. Details of all Akhnaten archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1552538813

Archive Listings

4 Mar 16
18 Mar 16
London Coliseum
West End
Greater London

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