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Grammy Nomination for Philip Glass’ AKHNATEN

The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Philip Glass’ modern masterpiece is nominated in the category Best Opera Recording

  • Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role of Philip Glass' AKHNATEN | Copyright: © Karen Almond / Met Opera

    Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role of Philip Glass' AKHNATEN © Karen Almond / Met Opera

In Phelim McDermotts spellbinding production of Philip Glass’ AKHNATEN, star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who abandoned traditional Egyptian polytheism; the belief of numerous deities. The radical pharaoh wanted his people to worship just one god – the sun. In a bid to enforce his new way of thinking, Akhnaten closed the temples to the old gods, wiped their names from monuments and built a new Egyptian capital, Akhetaten.

The immersive opera doesn’t have a conventional narrative or libretto. Instead, the story of Akhnaten is told through a series of tableaux. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, celebrated director McDermott offers an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Akhnaten loosely follows the real story of the emperor’s rise to power, the erecting of his new city and the fall of his dynasty.

The cast also features striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges as the ruler’s wife, Nefertiti, soprano Dísella Lárusdóttir as Queen Tye, tenor Aaron Blake as the High Priest of Amon, baritone Will Liverman as Horemhab, bass Richard Bernstein as Aye, and bass Zachary James as Amenhotep III.

The press was absolutely thrilled:
“Gleaming” — New York Magazine.
“A spellbinding production” — New York Times
“Triumph for the Met … Breathtaking.” — Observer

Production year 2019
Duration 140min.
Stage Director Phelim McDermott
Composer Philip Glass
Conductor Karen Kamensek
Orchestra / Band The Metropolitan Opera
Soloist Anthony Roth Costanzo
Soloist J'Nai Bridges
Soloist Dísella Lárusdóttir
Soloist Aaron Blake

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