Philip Glass’s Akhnaten
Estimated run time 3:31
Act I 49 min / 35 min intermission / Act II 50 min / 35 min intermission / Act III 42 min
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.
Sponsored by Dr. Victor & Janet Ashear, Christine Gempp Love Foundation, Witzel Family Foundation, Thickman Family Foundation, Susan Scott Heyneman Foundation