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Philip Glass's AKHNATEN

When

Occurs on Saturday November 23 2019

Approximate running time: 3 hours and 56 minutes

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Akhnaten (Philip Glass) MET PREMIERE /FIRST TIME IN HD


November 23, 2019, at 12:55PM ET

Conductor: Karen Kamensek

Production: Phelim McDermott Set Designer: Tom Pye

Costume Designer: Kevin Pollard Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet Choreographer: Sean Gandini

Cast: Dísella Lárusdóttir (Queen Tye), J'Nai Bridges (Nefertiti), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten), Aaron Blake (High Priest of Amon), Will Liverman (Horemhab), Richard Bernstein (Aye), Zachary James (Amenhotep)

Phelim McDermott, whose productions include the hugely successful Satyagraha by Philip Glass, returns to the Met with a new staging of Glass's Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek in her Met debut. Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role of the Egyptian pharaoh who attempted to inspire his people to adopt a new religion, abandoning the worship of the old gods for that of a single deity. In her Met debut, J'Nai Bridges sings the role of Nefertiti, Akhnaten's bride, and Dísella Lárusdóttir is Queen Tye, the pharaoh's mother.

One of the staging's distinctive visual features is provided by the Gandini Juggling Company, whose movements are perfectly choreographed with the orchestral score. This production of Akhnaten was originally created by LA Opera, Improbable, and English National Opera, where it premiered, winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.

Lecture Calendar

Lecture Calendar for Nunzio DeFilippis

Oct 26 Massenet's Manon
Nov 23 Glass's Akhnaten
Feb 1  The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Feb 29 Handel's Agrappina
Apr 11 Puccini's Tosca

Lecture Calendar for Dr. Marguerite Mulée

Oct 12 Puccini's Turandot
Nov 9 Puccini's Madam Butterfly
Jan 11 Berg's Wozzeck
Mar 14 Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer
May 9 Donzetti's Maria Strada