Met Opera Season 2019 – 2020
By Philip Glass
Presented by Riverside Cinema
“Spellbinding… hypnotic” – New York Times
“Totally engrossing – mesmerising” – Wall Street Journal
The Met Opera is proud to present the Met premiere of American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation. 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.
Captured live on stage in New York and screened at Riverside.
FYI: Akhnaten will be performed without subtitles, except for scene titles and select text.
E – Exempt for Classification