Philip Glass

Akhnaten

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Overview

Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’s masterpieces, following the now-legendary Met staging of Satyagraha. 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

Production gift of the Rosalie J. Coe Weir Endowment Fund

Additional funding from The H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D. and Oscar Tang Endowment Fund, Dominique Laffont, Andrew J. Martin-Weber, The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Endowment Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts

Met Premiere Gala — Nov 8

Languages

Languages sung in Akhnaten

Sung In

Mixed

Titles

Title languages displayed for Akhnaten

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Akhnaten

Estimated Run Time

3 hrs 31 mins

  • House Opens

  • Act I

    49 mins

  • Intermission

    35 mins

  • Act II

    50 mins

  • Intermission

    35 mins

  • Act III

    42 mins

  • Opera Ends

Creators

PRODUCTION

Phelim McDermott

SET AND PROJECTION DESIGNER

Tom Pye

COSTUME DESIGNER

Kevin Pollard

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Bruno Poet

CHOREOGRAPHER

Sean Gandini

Philip Glass

Composer

Philip Glass

Videos

Akhnaten