Philip Glass


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11 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.

‘Musically and visually mesmerising’

The Stage

'Unforgettable magnificence'

The Independent

'A gloriously coloured eye-catching affair'

The Guardian

7 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.

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.

*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

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.

A collaboration with Improbable

Co-production with LA Opera


Discover Akhnaten

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Creative Team

Karen Kamensek


Phelim McDermott


Tom Pye

Set Designer

Kevin Pollard

Costume Designer 

Bruno Poet

Lighting Designer

Sean Gandini

Skills Ensemble Choreographer


Anthony Roth Costanzo


Katie Stevenson


Rebecca Bottone

Queen Tye  

James Cleverton


Keel Watson


Colin Judson

High Priest of Amon  

Zachary James

The Scribe 

Charlotte Beament

Daughter of Akhnaten

Hazel McBain

Daughter of Akhnaten

Rosie Lomas

Daughter of Akhnaten

Elizabeth Lynch

Daughter of Akhnaten

Martha Jones

Daughter of Akhnaten

Angharad Lyddon

Daughter of Akhnaten