Philip Glass

Akhnaten

Leave your homes, my people. Come see, the old order fades. A new age dawns. Behold, a new power rises. Behold, the sun.

23 Feb - 07 Mar 2019

Phelim McDermott‘s Olivier Award-winning production of Philip Glass‘s Akhnaten returns to ENO for its first revival, following its sell-out run in 2016.

Akhnaten is a mesmerising work whose text draws on ancient hymns, prayers and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian. The opera’s unique mood will transport you to the ancient world through music that combines Glass’s characteristic minimalist voice with stylised movement and choreographed juggling to visualise the rhythms of his score.

Philip Glass specialist Karen Kamensek conducts Akhnaten following last season’s Satyagraha revival. Anthony Roth Costanzo returns to ENO in the title role, as do Rebecca Bottone, singing Queen Tye, James Cleverton, Colin Judson and Zachary James. New to the production is Harewood Artist Katie Stevenson as Nefertiti and the bass-baritone Keel Watson as Aye.

Improbable

 

A collaboration with Improbable

'Visually extraordinary staging'

The Stage

'Sensuous and glittering'

The Standard

'A mesmerising spectacle'

The Arts Desk

4 Evening Performances Remaining
Running Time
3hrs 00mins

Tickets start from £12 with 500 seats available at £20 or less for every performance.* Aged 16-29 or a full time student? Join Access All Arias to get discounted tickets.

Language
Sung in Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian with no surtitles.

Please be aware that this production contains some full-frontal nudity which may not be suitable for young audiences.

The running time includes two intervals.

*A booking fee of £2.25 applies per ticket. A maximum of £9.00 per transaction is charged for Multi-Buy Packages.

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or box.office@eno.org

We operate security checks and do not allow drinks or food into the theatre. We do allow sealed water bottles. Additionally, water is available at every bar and on every level of the theatre. Please refer to our food and drink policy for more information.

An Opera in three acts by Philip Glass. Libretto by Philip Glass in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel, Richard Riddell, and Jerome Robbins

Co-production with LA Opera.

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