It is time for a transition of power in Ancient Egypt. The pharaoh Amenhotep III has died, and his son, Amenhotep IV, will inherit the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt—and with them, the religious and social traditions that have served the Egyptian people for thousands of years. Yet this young pharaoh is full of strange ideas. Sweeping aside the pantheon of Egyptian gods, he institutes a bold new religion dedicated to the sun god Aten. Renaming himself “Akhn-Aten” (“Spirit of Aten”), the pharaoh sets about reforming Egyptian society to accord with his new beliefs. Soon, however, the conservative Egyptian priests rebel against what they view as Akhnaten’s sacrilegious reforms—and set about destroying all traces of his memory.
The Opera’s Plot & Creation
The Source, The Story, Who’s Who in Akhnaten, and a Composer Timeline
Behind the Gold Curtain
Interviews with the artists, designers, and production teams that help bring the Met’s magical performances to life
Two activities designed to align with and support various Common Core Standard strands used in ELA, History/Social Studies, and Music curricula
A wrap-up activity that will help students reflect on the transmission, express their opinions about the performance, and integrate the Live in HD experience into their understanding of the arts and humanities more broadly