Music by Philip Glass; Libretto in association with Sahlom Goldman, Robert Israel and Richard Riddell


Behold, the power of the Pharaoh.

11 Mar–5 Apr 2023

Phelim McDermott’s Olivier Award-winning production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten returns to the ENO, following sell-out runs at the London Coliseum.

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 transports audiences to this ancient world through Glass’s music (conducted by the returning Karen Kamensek) that combines his characteristic minimalist voice with stylised movement and choreographed juggling to visualise the rhythms of his score.

A mesmerising spectacle, Akhnaten tells the story of one of the world’s most influential figures – the Pharaoh Akhnaten, the first Pharaoh to switch from worshipping a pantheon of gods to just one: the Sun.

Award-winning countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo returns to the title role, alongside Chrystal E. Williams as Nefertiti, Haegee Lee as Queen Tye, Keel Watson returning to the role of Aye and Zachary James returning to the role of Scribe.

Find out the story of Akhnaten

The true sun god returns to the London Coliseum – book your opera tickets now for Philip Glass’s Akhnaten.

Co-production with LA Opera. Collaboration with Improbable.

'Visually extraordinary staging'

The Stage

'Sensuous and glittering'

The Standard

'This is pure magic’

Culture Whisper

'A mesmerising spectacle'

The Arts Desk

Running Time
2hrs 55mins

This performance has two intervals.

Our staff are on hand to make your visit as smooth as possible and we have an Access Scheme for our audiences with a disability, a health condition, or different access needs to ensure everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Tickets start at just £10 plus £2.25 booking fee per ticket. A maximum of £9.00 per transaction is charged for Multi-Buy Packages.

Sung in Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian with no surtitles.

Please be aware that this production contains some male nudity.

For more information, please contact the London Coliseum on 020 7845 9300 or

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Akhnaten 2023 Creative Team

Karen Kamensek


Phelim McDermott


Tom Pye

Set Designer

Kevin Pollard

Costume Designer

Bruno Poet

Lighting Designer

Sean Gandini


Akhnaten 2023 Cast

Anthony Roth Costanzo


Chrystal E. Williams


Haegee Lee

Queen Tye

Benson Wilson


Keel Watson


Paul Curievici

High Priest of Amon

Zachary James


Ellie Neate

Daughter 1

Isabelle Peters

Daughter 2

Ella Taylor

Daughter 3

Felicity Buckland

Daughter 4

Amy Holyland

Daughter 5

Lauren Young

Daughter 6