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One man's ideas can change the course of history. But at what cost?

Divine ruler of Egypt, husband to Nefertiti, father of a new religion. Akhnaten decrees that the sun god rules supreme, and the old gods must be banished from their temples.

But instead, his people turn upon their Pharaoh as a traitor. Akhnaten must die. Will his new faith live on?

Watching Akhnaten is a thought-provoking, absorbing experience.

This extraordinary work has not been seen in London for 30 years and forms the last of Philip Glass’s trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he looks at figures from the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten).

This mesmerising opera uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian. ENO’s new production is directed by Improbable theatre company’s Phelim McDermott and follows his spectacular stagings of Glass’s Satyagraha and The Perfect American.

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role, while conductor Karen Kamensek, a specialist in Glass’s music, makes her ENO debut.

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Explore the themes, music and drama of Akhnaten – download our Akhnaten learning resource (pdf) >

‘Musically and visually mesmerising’

The Stage

'Unforgettable magnificence'

The Independent

'A gloriously coloured eye-catching affair'

The Guardian

Running Time
2hrs 50mins

Tickets available from £12 – £125 / 500 tickets available at every performance for £20 or less.

Pre performance talk
8 Mar 2016
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Sung in Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian with no surtitles.

Please be aware that this production contains some nudity which may not be suitable for young audiences. For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

A collaboration with Improbable
A co-production with LA Opera
New production supported by ENO Contemporary, a syndicate of individual donors and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music


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Creative Team